Monday, 11 January 2016

Broccoli Soup


Broccoli Soup

Following a four day the lull, the winter chill is back to freeze us here in Pune.

It feels nice though, the lazy mornings, cozy nights, warm and softly glowing afternoons and chilly evenings. What I most love though, is the abundance of fresh produce that have flooded our neighborhood farmers markets. Ruby hued pomegranates, grapes of every colour, oranges of myriad varieties, green leafy vegetables, and fresh happy smelling herbs.... 

What the winters have also brought along though, are unwanted sniffles, which must promptly be parceled of with warm clothes, much wanted rest and recuperation and this warming, light and healthy soup.


Soups are quintessential winter companions, even more so if the chill is playing spoilt sport with your immunity and broccoli with its multiple health benefits, makes the perfect choice of star ingredient. 

The recipe is quick to put together with just a handful of ingredients.

Here it is...
Serves 2

You will need:

100 gms broccoli florets
2 cups water
1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsps single cream
1/8 tsp powdered black pepper
Salt to taste
1 slice bread to make croutons (optional)
1 tsp butter to toast croutons (optional)

Method:

Wash the broccoli well and separate the florets

Next, heat the oil in a pot and lightly roast the minced garlic, remove from the pot and set aside.

In the same pot heat water and to it add the broccoli florets, salt and pepper.


Boil for 7 to 8 mins until the broccoli cuts through easily when poked with a knife.

Now using a hand blender, blend the softened broccoli, by adding or removing some water as required.

Once properly blended, return to the stove and heat on medium for another 5 mins.

Remove from the stove and stir in the roasted garlic, dried herbs and cream.

Pour into soup bowls and devour!


To make the croutons
Cut a slice of bread into 4 to 5 strips, and toss in a lightly buttered pan, until the edges are deep golden.

Sprinkle with dried fresh herbs and serve as an accompaniment to your winter soup.

Enjoy!



2 comments:

  1. Wow...so nice and easy to do recipe !! Loved it !! The croutons make a tempting addition to this neat soup :)

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  2. Yeah Sweta, the croutons are my favorite part.... Hhehhe.... Thank you, yup really quick to do!

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