Bottle Gourd Soup

I am not fond of bottle gourd (lauki, doodhi, ghia, sorakkai) at all. It is one vegetable that is available abundantly throughout the year. And it promptly arrives in my vegetable basket once a week! When I was home cooking for my dog, I used the bottle gourd up by putting it into his food….

Vegetables And Cowpea Soup

I had experimented with several soups last winter. Unfortunately, I forgot the recipes once I made them. I am therefore spending a lot of time re-creating the recipes. This vegetables and cowpea soup is one of them. Like all soups, it is quite easy to prepare. It is a clear soup loaded with vegetables. My…

Cream Of Celery Soup

Till recently, I did not know much about celery. Of course, I’ve heard the name and had a vague idea of what it looked like. But it is not one of the vegetables that was available either in India or the Far East when I was growing up. And, therefore, I did not have any…

Drumstick Soup

Let me, at the outset, clarify that by drumstick I mean the vegetable. It’s the pod from the moringa tree. Called Sajjan Ki Phali in Hindi and Murungakkai in Thamizh. While eating this excellent vegetable, the pod is cooked with the skin on. It is only when served that the pod is chewed upon and…

Makai Shorba (Corn Soup)

This is another wonderful soup by the prolific Tarla Dalal, may her soul rest in peace. Corn is plentifully available in Northern India from late monsoon right through winter. Of course, it is available throughout the year – but not through natural farming methods. So I tend to avoid buying corn in summers, trying to…

Chayote Squash Soup

Chayote squash is widely available across India, commonly called chow chow. It is also widely used in the cuisines of East and South India. But I have never seen it used in North Indian cuisine. I buy this gourd quite often, but must admit that I am not a great fan. I eat it rather…

Lemon Coriander Soup

This is another classic soup, though I am not sure whether it is only in India or across the world. In my mind, this is more like a summer soup. Perhaps because the association of lemon is often with summer and lemon juice. But I made this soup in winter and thoroughly enjoyed it. The…

Hot And Sour Soup

This recipe, from Tarla Dalal, is one of the street foods of Mumbai. If, like me, you are a fan of tangy foods, then this is definitely for you. I grew up in a traditional South Indian household, where many dishes contain tamarind. If fact, quite a few of them have tamarind as a base….

Baby Corn Soup

I have been posting a lot of soup recipes this winter. That will probably come to an end quite soon as we have entered spring and the temperature, though temperate just now, is climbing. I will therefore revert to healthy salads soon. In the meantime, I have always been foxed with baby corn. This is…

Carrot Soup

Winter is slowly, but surely, coming to an end in North India. The daytime temperatures are rising and it feels quite hot at times. So, it may also be time to put an end to hot winter soups. It doesn’t make sense to have hot soups in summer when the temperatures routinely cross 40o C….