Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Beetroot Almond Soup

I suddenly realized after finishing yesterday's post that I had made a soup day before yesterday for my daughter who loves her soup-mammam, and did not post it as an entry to EasyCraft's WYF: Salad/ Starter/ Soups event. Today is the last day, and I am just in time!



Beetroot is a vegetable I love primarily for its colour, or because of the colour it imparts to any dish made with it. I do not enjoy it in salads, and prefer it cooked and spiced. I have posted only one other recipe on this blog, which features this vegetable. Beetroot rasam is something I make often, but for want of a different soup, I decided to make it into a soup this time around.

Another thing I have recently started doing in order to ensure that my daughter's diet includes almonds, is to use them in her favourite dishes. A trick, because if she feels a piece of the almond in her mouthful, she spits it immeditely. I soak the almonds overnight, and grind them into a fine paste after peeling them. This way, it gets mixed well in her bhindi subji, sambar, rasam, soup, etc. Which is exactly why this beet soup has almonds in it.

To make the Beetroot Almond soup seen in the picture, you will need:


Beetroot - 2 medium sized - cut into cubes
Almonds - 8-10 - soaked overnight, peeled, and ground into paste
Tomatoes - 2 - chopped OR Lime juice - 1/2 a lime (optional)
Onion - 1 - chopped
Ginger - 1 tbsp - peeled and pounded
Green chilly - 1 - sliced
Coriander leaves - chopped (optional)
Jeera/cumin powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Methi/ fenugreek seeds powder - 1 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste


Method:
  • Pressure cook the beetroot, onion, tomatoes (if using lime, it is to be added later), green chilly, ginger for 4-5 whistles and keep aside to cool
  • Take a mixer and blend this well after it is cool along with salt, pepper, jeera, methi, and coriander powders, and the almond paste
  • Transfer this into a heavy bottomed saucepan, add water to adjust the consistency, and bring to boil while stirring continuously on low flame
  • Serve with ladle into bowls, and garnish with coriander

R and I had this with bread, with a lot more pepper. For my daughter, I served it with a spoonful of melted Amul butter on top.

You may also be interested in another soup with bottlegourd.

Note: You can use almond powder if you have it ready-to-use at home. Tomato or lime juice is used only for giving a sour/tangy flavour. If you do not wish to use it, you can follow the recipe without it.

34 comments:

Nidhi said...

Soup has got such a lovely color to it.
I have always satyed away from Beetroot...guess I have found a gud recipe to finally start buying beetroot.

Arundhuti said...

i have never tried beetroot almond soup....the pic makes me want to try it...will prepare it soon...!

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Priti said...

Soup looking delicious..next time I'm getting beetroot..am going to try this...

Nags said...

a recipe a day to offset the absent days eh? ;) nice one!

sowmya said...

good recipe!!looks yummy

Daily Meals said...

That is such an innovative idea...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow never heard of this combo. Looks gr8 and sounds healthy.

Suma Rajesh said...

never tried this soup..this is soo attractive and inviting...

sra said...

Almond in the bhindi subji? Wow!

DEESHA said...

never tried beetroot almond soup .. love the color

Valarmathi said...

Lovely color. Looks delicous and healthy.

Sireesha said...

This is new for me...looks yummy and love the colour..

Usha said...

Beautiful color...very creative,sounds like it would taste yummy too :)

kat said...

Yum I love beet soup!

anudivya said...

How innovative... almond and beets! I would have never even thought about it.

rekhas kitchen said...

very less disheses i make from beetroot soup looks so colorful will try it

viji said...

Beet almond soup is new & different.I like the ingredeints which u added in it will try soon.

Divya Vikram said...

Great healthy recipe!!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow! That sounds like a great combination!

Cham said...

Great combo, and the soup is creamy :)

Vidhya said...

First of all never tried this beetroot soup and I love almonds in this. Will try it soon

easycrafts said...

This is new to me...looks lovely and creamy..thanks for the entry

Yasmeen said...

Sounds so unique and the ingredients sure look very healthy. I love both beets and almonds, but never tried them together. This soup is now in my must try list:)

Adam said...

Beets and almonds are two of my completely unrelated favorite foods. I don't know how, but you managed to make them delicious together... so I'm very impressed :)

How does the little one not like almonds? Maybe she will when she gets older...

TS said...

This is so healthy...how wonderful~

cheers,trupti
The Spice Who Loved Me

Jaya said...

Nice way to incorporate healthy ingredients for Kids meal.
Hugs and smiles

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi...
This sounds to be a healthy soup. Nice deep color. YUM!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

What an interesting combo! I've never seen such a soup. looks very good though!

Madhavi said...

Soup look great and lovely colour too!!!

Sia said...

gorgeous colour of that soup... the temp is falling and i would love to hold a big bowl of hot soup and enjoy it slowly :)

Priya said...

WOW lovely..would love to have it rite now..

Jeff said...

I just pulled some beets out of the garden and was looking for a use for them. Thanks!

Sig said...

Almond paste in soups, I love that idea! I am not a big beetroot fan, love the roasted beets in salads, but I don't really cook anything with it... I should start soon I guess, at least for the dramatic color effect... :) Love the color of your soup Shreya!