Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Creamy Green Peas and Cilantro Soup with Roasted Cumin Powder




It's been quite long since I posted something here. I have been trying to be eating healthier, while not starving myself in the name of "diet". I made myself this soup today. Healthy, hearty, and so full of flavor, if you ever experienced a feeling of lightness and at the same time experienced a sense of fulfillment, that's the feeling you get when you have a spoon, or a bowlful of this. And then you might consider getting some extras too.


Creamy Green Peas and Cilantro Soup with Roasted Cumin Powder
Source: Self Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
1 1/2 cup Green Peas
A handful of Cilantro/Coriander (Stem and all)
1/2 cup Milk (I used low fat milk, you can use cream too)
1 medium sized Onion, roughly cut into 4
4 big cloves of Garlic
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 1/2 cup Water
Salt to taste
Freshly ground Pepper to taste

Method

In a dry pan, roast the Cumin seeds till they change color to a dark brown and give out it's aroma. Let them cool for few minutes, then grind them into a powder. I actually made it in bulk and stored it in an air tight bottle for further use. This powder is seriously good, and can save many-a-meals go downhill.

In a pan, heat the oil, and while it's still heating toss in the Garlic and Onions, and sauté them for a minute. Toss in the Green Peas, Cilantro, and give it a stir and add the Water. At this point I lightly salted my broth, and made adjustments later. Let it simmer for 30 minutes.

Blend the boiled broth along with the milk, until it forms a smooth, silky mixture. Then pour it back to the pan and re-heat it, adjusting for Salt and Pepper. Garnish with the Roasted Cumin Powder. It makes all the difference!


I thought I'd need a salad to go along with this, but it satisfied me enough to have considered it a complete meal in itself. Enjoy :)

4 comments:

  1. I need to join you with some of that healthy eating.

    I made a big pot of ham and butterbean soup yesterday and took it to work. It was AWFUL and I couldn't understand why.

    This morning when I mentioned to my husband, I found out why. I'd prepared the ham, beans, stock etc and put it in a big pot ready to take to work. My oh had not realised. He thought it was "soaking" before washing the pot - so he poured out all the stock and then realised it was for soup. Not knowing any different, he filled the pot up with water to around the previous level.

    I proceeded to cook it and the results were pretty blooming awful !

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  2. OMG! That is funny and sad at the same point! Hope the next time it turns out better :) And your husband would definitely not throw things away before consulting you I am sure somehow! :P

    Yeah, hop aboard the healthy eating express!! My real problem is that I have a sweet tooth and I cannot think straight unless I have had something sweet to eat post lunch and dinner. I know that is a bad thing, but I am trying to find some healthy alternatives for that! Please help me out if you know something I can do about it!!!

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  3. Great soup and the roasted cumin powder definately a life saver to have in the cupboard.
    I find one piece of dark chocolate after a meal helps with any sweet cravings and it is good for you.

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  4. Yeah, I agree Gillian! I should have some around me. Guess I'm going Dark Chocolate shopping tomorrow!:)

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