Sunday, March 20, 2011

Vegetable Soup-How to make Vegetable Soup-Vegetable Stock Recipe

A very healthy and nutritious soup with the goodness of all the vegetables. I have made it more healthier by not adding cream and have used very less butter. Corn flour is added only to thicken the soup, you can skip that also if you prefer a light soup. Before going to Vegetable Soup, let us learn how to make vegetable stock-

Vegetable Soup
Mixed Vegetable Soup

How to prepare Vegetable Stock

Ingredients needed

Carrot -1
Beans -5-6
Cauliflower - 4-5 florets
Cabbage - 100 grams
Spring onion - 4-5
Capsicum- 1/2
Onion- 1
Garlic- 3-4 cloves
Ginger – small bit
Salt - little

There are no hard and fast rules.You can add less or more of any vegetables.

This is how I prepare Vegetable Stock

Method

Chop all the vegetables. Take a pressure pan/cooker, add all the vegetables, 4 cups of water, salt and bring it to boil, then simmer for 30-40 minutes. Strain the vegetable soup stock in a colander. Press the vegetables nicely with a ladle to extract the stock fully.This vegetable stock can be used to prepare all kinds of vegetable soup.

You can add broccoli, leeks, celery and mushrooms to the above. Do not add tomatoes and potatoes. I have heard that in hotels they add vegetable peels but I do not prefer that because of the pesticide residue on the peels. You can do so, if you use organic vegetables.

How to prepare Vegetable Soup
Serves 3-4

Ingredients needed

Butter -1 tbsp
Onion -1 finely chopped
Garlic -3 cloves finely chopped
Carrot – handful (finely chopped)
Cabbage - handful (finely chopped )
Cauliflower - 3-4 florets (finely chopped)
Beans - 5-6 finely chopped
Spring onion greens -1/4 cup finely chopped
Corn flour – 2 tsp
White or Black pepper powder as required
Salt as needed

Method

  1. Melt butter, add finely chopped onion and garlic, sauté till onion turns pink.

  2. Then add all the vegetables and sauté till it is half cooked which takes only a few minutes as we have chopped all the vegetables finely.

  3. Add vegetable stock and bring it to boil.

  4. Mix corn flour in a little water and add to the soup. Cook for a few more minutes.

  5. Add salt and pepper powder to taste.

Serve hot as a side dish or as an appetizer.

Variations

You can add mushroom and paneer also to the soup -

Finely chop 2 small pieces of mushroom and paneer.
Sauté it along with other vegetables.(Step-2).

Children and adults will love this simple and delicious soup. It is also a wonderful way to use all left over vegetables.

More Soup recipes

Tomato soup

Mixed Bean Soup

Meet you all again with another wonderful recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.com


49 comments:

  1. what a beautiful presentation of this classic soup. stunning pics.

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  2. Indeed a very healthy soup and the presentation is awesome.... the onion carving is lovely...
    Reva

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  3. very nice recipe and fabulous presentation

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  4. Healthy delicious soup dear...
    lovely presentation :)

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  5. a healthy soup... I dont like soup but would recommend it to friends.

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  6. Delicious and healthy soup.The Onion carving looks beautiful.

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  7. Thatz indeed a super healthy n nutritious recipe..
    Love to have it for dinner:-)

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  8. Very healthy soup !! the onion craving is beautiful !!

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  9. Loved the healthy bowl of soup, U r so creative with ur side garnish loved tht carved onion:)

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  10. Good tip Padhu. usually I buy it outside, but this sounds simple. Will try it at home.

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  11. nice recipe this is ! looks grt !

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  12. Very inviting and delicious soup !!!

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  13. wow that's a bowl of goodness Padhu, loved the recipe..

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  14. Well presentation. Looks awesome too. Healthy dish.

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  15. Awesome post Padhu, nice vegetable soup.

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  16. ஆஹா...ரொம்ப அருமையாக இருக்கின்றது...அழகிய பூ தொட்டி கலக்கல்...

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  17. A well presented healthy & comforting soup!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  18. Love that onion carving so cute and pretty!

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  19. Your soup looks so delicious and healthy! Thank you for showing us how to make the stock!

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  20. Hi

    I have a question. What can we do with the vegetables we use to get the veg stock from? Can we add these finely chopped to the soup or should we use fresh raw vegs instead for the soup?

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  21. I have a question. What can we do with the vegetables we use to get the veg stock from? Can we add these finely chopped to the soup or should we use fresh raw vegs instead for the soup?

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  22. Actually there will not be anything in those vegetables after taking the stock.But if you do not want to waste it, you can prepare dal. I have tried that and it tasted good or you can prepare kootu. If you want to add veggies and if you love biting veg pieces when having your soup,saute fresh veggies slightly and then add.

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  23. Easy and good presentation.....
    Thanks a lot.

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  24. Easy and good presentation.....
    Thanks a lot.

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  25. Excellent texture.. And the onions in the presentation was fabulous. From ur site we hv to learn not only cooking but also vegetable carving..

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  26. Hello Padhu,you have such a wonderful blog.I live in Hyderabad outskirt and i have to run to shop twice or thrice to get paneer.I went through your paneer making recipe it's so simple,no rocket science involved.Thank you so much.Now i am going through each of your post one by one.Keep sharing your mouthwatering yet very healthy recipes.

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  27. very easy and delicious healthy soup..... thank u padhu :-)

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  28. Thanks fr sharing dis receipe ...yummy
    Querry ....Hw long d vegetable stock can be kept fr reuse in fridge
    Or shud it be prepared fresh everytime

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  29. Since we have not added any preservatives, we can keep for a maximum of 3 days. Personally I like to prepare it fresh every time.

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  30. Hi Padhu, thank you for the recipe. I made this today and my daughter enjoyed it. Nice and nutritious. Lovely presentation

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  31. Soup.. simple and delicious. Every one in our house liked it. Thanks Padhu.

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  32. Is the pressure (pressure cooker) needed for preparing the vegetable stock? Or just a normal vessel would do ?

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    1. Not necessary. I have used only the pressure cooker vessel as it is thick bottomed and bigger in size. I have not pressure cooked. You can use any vessel to make vegetable stock.

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  33. Hi Padhu....thanks for such a wonderful blog. Very nice, easy, delicious, simple, less ingredients needed recipes, ........mouthwatering......I hv tried some of these. Everyone loved those in my family especially my Hubby. Thank u so much. It's too good.

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  34. Wht do u so with the veg after extracting the stock... any ideas??

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    1. Actually the veggies have no nutrition after extracting the stock. You can make dal with those veggies if preferred. Add cooked dal to the veggies and boil it. Then season it as you do for dal. You can also make kootu.

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  35. Hi can I substitute corn flour with wheat flour to thicken the soup? I don't use corn flour as much for cooking and hence looking for an alternative... thanks!

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    1. Yes, you can use wheat flour to thicken the soup.But you have to cook the soup well in order to remove the raw flavor of the wheat flour.Grated raw potato can also be used to thicken the soup. Again you have to cook it well.

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  36. Your recipe came very handy. Thank you so much for sharing it with us:)

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