Sunday, January 18, 2009

Carrot Soup and Corn Stir-fry

by Priyanka posted at 8:56 PM 11 comments

Winter is one of my favorite seasons. No- i dont enjoy the cold weather- what i really like about winter is the snow and the fresh produce that you get at the farmer's market around this time of the year- carrots being one of them. Besides being rich in beta-carotene, they are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fiber and potassium too. So here's the perfect recipe to warm you up during the cold winter days. This is one recipe that is so filling yet healthy that after a bowlful you wont need anything else. If you do feel like serve with a bowlful of spicy corn stir-fry. This recipe comes from the hubby. It can be made in under 20 minutes. And the key to the yummy, buttery taste is a spoonful of ghee- yes, initially i didnt believe it either, but give it a try and you will see for yourself.

Winter carrot soup

Serves 4


1 tbsp butter
3/4th cup chopped onions
1 tsp garlic- chopped
1 inch ginger- chopped
4 cloves
2 bay leaves
3 medium-sized carrots
salt to taste
white pepper to taste
2 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp coriander

1. Heat butter, add the bay leaves and cloves.
2. Next, add the onions and saute till golden brown.
3. Next add the garlic and ginger and saute for 5 more minutes.
4. Next add the carrots and salt and let cook, covered for 8-10 minutes.
5. Next add enough water to cover the carrots and cook till they are completely done.
6. When cooled, blend it till you have a smooth puree.
7. Add water as required (for the soup consistency you desire) and heat the soup again.
8. Add lemon/lime juice, coriander and white pepper and serve pipping hot.

P.S.- You can try different variations of the carrot soup- one being adding leeks, and potatoes to it. Or add a dollop of sour cream or different herbs like fresh or dried basil, thyme and oregano.

Spicy Corn stir-fry

Serves 2

2 cups boiled corn
2 tsp ghee
1/2 tsp chili powder (or as per your taste)
salt to taste

1. If you have fresh corn, remove the kernels and boil till completely done. Or use packaged boiled corn.
2. Heat ghee, add the corn, add some salt and chili powder and cook for 5 minutes,
3. Serve hot as a side dish to any meal or as a snack.

P.S.- If you do not like the taste of ghee, use Amul butter. You can also try different variations to this recipe like using cheese to enhance the taste (this popular cheese version is sold by vendors on the street loris in Ahmedabad), or chaat masala or a combination of cilantro, cheese and chaat masala.

Comments 11 comments
Asha said...

HeHe! I don't like cold weather but my daughter LOVES the cold, colder the better for her! :D

Soup looks so yum, good one.

LG said...

Soups gallore in winters! Carrot soup is something we love to have too. Nice color of soup and salad.

notyet100 said...

u can send both of these to fic yellow,,,look perfect for the event...nd spicy corn stir fry looks yummy too,..;-)

Madhu said...


I am very foody kind of person.

and it reminds me my mom,

Sandeepa said...

Nice warm soup Priyanka, thats what we need in this winter

Sandeepa said...

Lovely warm soup

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Soup looks so good. Perfect for cold winter. YUM!... Loved ur corn recipe....

Shreya said...

soup looks so comforting.. just so nice for winter..corn recipe is new to me..will try...

sagari said...

carrot and corn ,yumm very nice combo priyanka

Usha said...

Perfect for this weather....looks fantastic :-)

TBC said...

Winter's my fav time of the year.:)
I too made a gingered carrot soup recently. Never got around to posting it.
The spicy corn sounds like a good snack. Must give it a shot sometime.

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