Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Carrot, Potato and Cashew Soup
In my quest to bring variations to the regular soups, I tried this out. I had read somewhere on using cashews to thicken the soup... and since I like the taste of potato also, this was the combination, finally...
It did turn out very nice and creamy... it was absolutely fatless, as I didn’t add any butter nor cream... but still it had a rich texture and taste when compared to the usual carrot soup, and we all loved it. I can say this was the best soup that I had ever made...
Here’s the recipe...
Preparation time : 5 min
Cooking time : 15 min
Serves : 4 -5
Carrot - 1-2 medium sized
Tomato - 1 small
Potato - 1 medium sized
Cashews - 8-10
Ginger - 1” cube
Black pepper powder - 1 tsp
Red Chili powder - ¼ tsp (optional)
Salt - ½ tsp or as per taste
Sugar - ¼ tsp or as per taste
Water - 2 cups, change acc to consistency
Milk - ¼ cup
Mint leaves - a ahandful
• Peel and chop carrots and potato into large chunks
• Cook the chopped carrots, potatoes and tomato in a pressure cooker with a little water and a few mint leaves for one whistle
• Let it cool for a few minutes
• Soak the cashews in a little water
• Grind the cooked carrots, potato, tomato and ginger, along with soaked cashews adding the water used for cooking the veggies if necessary, to make a fine paste
• Strain the puree to a vessel
• Add salt and chili powder and let it boil for 2-3 minutes.
• Add milk and enough water so that a right consistency of soup is maintained – neither too thick nor too thin
• Let it boil for a couple of minutes more.
• Put off the heat and add fresh cream and stir well
• Add more pepper powder as needed, garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve hot
• A small onion can also be added to give a different flavor
• Use chili powder only if you want the soup spicy. Normally, the ginger and pepper are enough for spice.
• Corn flour is not needed for this soup, as the potato and cashews make the soup thick already.
• You can add cream if you want the soup richer - bu as I said, it was rich enough even without it.