May 26, 2007

Palak Soup (Spinach Soup)

My biggest problem with Spinach is the effort that goes into cleaning it. Spinach or any other "keerai" (leafy green) wasn't a hot favourite of mine until I too, like countless other kids in the US then, and across the globe now, discovered PopEye the sailor man. I started eating whatever dishes Amma made using the creamed spinach that she bought at the Supermarket in the hope of becoming strong. And ever since, I've been hooked.

Madras in the 80s had a lot of keerai varieties, but palak or spinach wasn't always easily available. My aunt in Bangalore made palak soup for us whenever we visited them. This was definitely made at least once during our trip. And when Amma tried making it with other varieties of leafy greens, it didn't turn out the same.

In Delhi, you get palak and few other greens. So, I make a variety of dishes. This soup is an adaptation of what I learnt from my aunt. It is a quick soup with little hassle and is very hearty.

2-3 bunches Spinach, thoroughly washed
1 onion, chopped in big pieces
3 pods of Garlic
2 slices of brown bread
Salt and Pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients except salt and pepper in a microwave safe vessel. Add enough water to cover the leaves. Microwave on high for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool.

Blend in a liquidizer and boil in a vessel adding salt and pepper. If you wish, you may add a little milk or cream at this stage. Enjoy it on a wintry evening (or just about anytime you feel like!)
S is for Spinach and this is one of my entries to Nupur's A-Z of Indian Vegetables.


Swapna said...

Wow Raaga..that's a lovely soup..u have an amazing collection of recipes

Raaga said...

Thanks Swapna. It is very easy, once you have the puree ready :)

Deepa said...

Did you mean to blend the bread in too? I do something much like this except I also have half a cooked potato to blend in it. Curious if you use bread instead of potato IN the soup!! Or did you perhaps mean to say, have the soup with bread?! Thanks. --Deepa

Raaga said...

@Deepa: I blend the bread with the soup. The recipe I got from my aunt doesn't have potato, so I didn't make a substitution.