Since the time i started my blog, i have been wanting to post some soup recipes too.. As per the name “Healthy Cooking with Mitha”, it is only natural that i have to add them to the recipes list as they are the healthiest of dishes… Not only they are easy to make and healthy but very tasty too.. I can eat soups anytime of the day… So here i am, starting off my soup recipes with my favorite, Hot n Sour Soup… 🙂
Home made soups remind me of my moms tomato carrot soup.. She used to make them for us during rainy weekend evenings and we used to enjoy the hot soup with loads of pepper (Love them spicy!) chatting non stop in between the slurps(We are such a chatterbox family!).. * nostalgia *
My first memory with hot n sour soup was at a Chinese restaurant nearby our place and dad had ordered them for each of us… Can never forget the first sip of the soup.. It was so very yummy and spicy that i just fell in love with that soup… After that, whenever we had dinner outside, my first choice was this soup…But to tell you the truth, none of the other places could match up to that taste..
Just when nostalgia of this soup struck me last week, i planned to try it out at home just to see if i could get that taste again.. The first recipe i got was again from Jeyashris Kitchen.. I don’t know if it is just a coincidence that i reach her recipes finally or her recipes are so easy that i get attracted to it.. Anyhow, i looked out for many recipes for this soup but did not find them as easy and as yummy looking as her recipe.. The most important part of the recipe was i had all the ingredients she had mentioned (which are not many!) and that is really an essential part while trying out any recipe..
So finally, i tried it last night and was really happy with the taste.. It came out really “hot and sour” as per the name and left me drooling for more.. I am sure to try it out again and again.. So here i am, sharing out the recipe.. Do try it out for a family dinner together and chat like us between the slurps! Enjoy!!
Health Benefits of Soups: High water content and Fiber in vegetables remain intact, so very filling hence curbs over eating leading to weight loss..One more benefit is since we add a little of every vegetable in the soup, we get the benefit of all the vegetables in a single dish..
Adapted from: Jeyashri’s Kitchen
Approx 1 Cup of Mixed Vegetables of your choice (Carrots, Capsicum, Cabbage,Spring Onions etc)
1 tsp Oil
2 Green Chillies (Optional)
3 cloves of Garlic
Sugar to taste
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp Corn Flour
1 tsp Soya Sauce
Pepper Powder to taste
1 tsp Lemon Juice/ Vinegar
1.Wash well and chop the veggies as shown..
Note: All veggies should be finely chopped…
2. Heat a pan with oil and add the green chillies and fry for few seconds..
Note: Optional if making for kids..
3. Add garlic and saute till little brown..
4. Add all the veggies except spring onion greens ( and little of the choped carrots )which can be used for garnishing and saute for 2 minutes..
5. Add 3 cups of water, salt and sugar and allow it to come to a boil..
6. After 5 mins, mix corn flour with a 3 Tbsp of water an mix well free from lumps..
7. Add it to the soup and mix well.. In 2 mins the soup with become thick..
8. Add soya sauce, mix well. Boil for a minute.
9. Add pepper powder and lemon juice or Vinegar and mix well..
10. Garnish with spring onion greens and chopped carrots..
I sometimes fry finely chopped ginger and onions along with garlic and add a Tbsp of Tomato ketchup and 1 tsp chilli sauce in step 8. This soup is thicker and tastes delicious due to the flavors that the sauces give. Here is the soup made this way. I have also garnished the soup with fresh coriander leaves here.