22 February 2008

Announcing my other blog and the Aunt inspired soup series

Heartfelt thanks to your warm, kind and soothing words. I do feel glad I shared my feelings with my blog sisters - you are a wonderful bunch of people. And now I keep my promise of sharing with you my positivity blog - I've called it The Feel Good Blog. Every little thing that makes me feel good, everything I'm grateful for will go in here. It's just two posts old, so you haven't missed too much. Please bookmark this site and I would love you to share with me all things that make you smile. It's my little endeavor to share happiness and the feel-good feeling that we can all do with.

So much for my health conscious cooking, I wonder why I was so step-motherly to soups until now. It's just like when you never get down to doing something, it's so out of your mind anyway. My soup reminder came when I was at my mom's place for a while. My mom gave me the gossip that Aunt G has been making soup each evening at 6 - and each day it's a new soup, something like Soup of the Day in those nice little cafes. This was enough to spike my interest. And when she said yesterday's Soup of the Day was Cucumber soup, I told her let's go, check on Aunt G now!

My mom's sister and my granny live a couple of buildings away, and it goes without saying that when I'm there, I drop by my aunt's house in the evenings to catch up on what's happening (what's cooking rather). She's one of the most innovative cooks in the family and she's always upto something interesting in the kitchen. At least most the times, lets say! So that evening, it was a tomato-carrot-lentil soup. OK, so I stole the lentil idea for my soup from her, but hey mine is a more exotic combination. See below.

By the way, if you end up trying my recipe below, please tell me if you didn't go WOW on seeing the colour of the soup, when it came out of the blender! Do NOT forget.

Just to show you the colour - Yeah I know the photo is terrible, but blame it on the lack of practise, the steam and the shaky hand.

Soup of the Day - 1
Category - Soup, Quick dinner, No fat
Time to table - Under 20 minutes
Serves - One greedy person

1 cup packed spinach leaves, washed thoroughly
1 medium beet, peeled and cubed
1 small carrot, cubed
1/2 cup cooked yellow lentils (tur dal)
1 medium tomato, quartered
Seasonings - see below

  1. In a pan, place 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, throw in the beets and carrots. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, till the veggies are nearly tender. Then add in the spinach leaves and tomatoes, covering and cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
  2. Drain the veggies and let cool. Reserve the drained liquid.
  3. In a blender, puree the tender veggies, cooked lentils till very smooth.
  4. Remove this in the same pan with the reserved liquid, add some water to thin out the soup if you wish. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Serve into a large soup bowl. Season with lots of pepper, pinch of salt and some lemon zest (and a dot of Amul butter too)

Nutrition notes
  • My aunt likes to add some milk in the end to most soups, to give them a creamy taste and also to get an interesting colour. However I am against mixing dairy with green leafy vegetables as it makes iron absorption difficult.
  • The lentils gave a nice body and an different dimension of mellowed out taste to the soup. You can use any leftover cooked lentils, or anything you've reserved in the freezer.
  • In my opinion, lemon zest gives a nice flavour when beets are used, as they give a sharp edge to the metallic taste of beets and spinach.
  • A trial proved that people who start their meal with a low cal soup, ended up consuming 20% less in the entire meal. This kind of reduced food (calorie) intake over a period of time, can help reduce weight or maintain lost weight. This is actually true in my case. I had this soup for dinner with two slices of whole wheat bread, toasted, and I had no appetite to eat any more.
Coming up soon are more healthy soups. I've already made 3 different types this week - yoohoo!!!


Nikita said...

Thanks for the healthy and i am sure, tasty soup recipe. Looking forward to more soup recipes. Will try all of them. I have never been good with soups so now I can be hopeful of getting my husband to like soup.

jayasree said...

Gr8 to see u back in action. That too with healthy soup series. Soup looks appetizing. Shall visit ur Feel Good blog too.

Sig said...

Aunt G rocks... :) Your soup ingredients sounds great... beets and carrots together, wow... that is a colorful soup... :)
Now I'm off to check out your new blog...

Mythreyee said...

That's a wonderful healthy soup. It is a filling soup, love to try it.

Suganya said...

Its great to see you here, Nandita. 'The Feel Good Blog' does feel good :)

Cynthia said...

I like your use of the phrase: step-motherly to soup :)

Pinky said...

You are the best! Whenever I visit your site, the first thing I would look for is the nutrition notes. I am sure such health recipes would not be available anywhere. Hats off to you

Pinky said...

I just remembered, I have heard that palak and tomato together can form kidney stones. is that false? I was curious because this recipe has both of them

musical said...

This is one colorful soup, Nandita! Gotta' give it a try! Looking forward to more soup recipes. Btw, lovely new space, very feel good! We all can do with some "feel-good" factor. Thanks for the note of positivity, girl!


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