December 12, 2007

Vegetable Lemon Coriander Soup

I lived in Hyderabad for a couple of years. At the time, I steered clear of multi-cuisine restaurants. In fact, I probably still do. Any place that serves Indian, Chinese and Continental probably is a jack of all and master of none. But this place was different. It was called 36 Jubilee Hills because it was located on the popular Road No. 36 of Jubilee Hills. A mere five streets away from where I lived, it was one of the few decent restaurants close to Hi-tech City in those days. So, several of our office lunches were organized there. Their north indian dishes were superb, but the two items that stood out were the Vegetable Biryani and the Lemon Coriander Soup. (I went back last year after I got married and the management of the place has changed and so has, sadly, their food!)

I found a great recipe for the Lemon Coriander Soup in a Tarla Dalal book. That recipe calls for Lemon Grass and I didn't have any. (I used up whatever I had for my kashay to help my cold.) The soup at 36 Jubilee Hills had freshly squeezed lime juice and that is what I did yesterday. I wanted a filling soup that would soothe my throat.

1 Carrot, thinly sliced
8-10 French beans, thinly sliced
2 tbsp Cabbage, finely chopped
3 Button Mushrooms, sliced
3 Spring Onions, leaves chopped and bulb sliced
3 Broccoli florets, sliced
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Green Chilli Sauce
1/4 tsp Ginger Paste
1 tsp Garlic, finely sliced
2 tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste
1 tsp Oil
1 tbsp Lime Juice

Heat the oil in a vessel. Add the spring onion whites and fry for a minute. Add the ginger and garlic and fry for a few minutes. Add the vegetables including the spring onion greens and saute for a minute or two. Add the soy and chilli sauces along with the salt. Add 4 cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. Take off the flame and stir in the lime juice.

I really enjoyed this soup and will make it even when I get better. Try it, I'm sure you'll love it too.


Raks said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe Raaga...!Adding so many veggies is healthy!
Hope your sore throat got soothed by the soup!

Miri said...

Just the ticket for my sore throat and achy body right now!

I had a really nice authentic Tom Yum soup the other day (after a very long time)at Saltz in GK 1- my expectations for Tom Yum has gone down so much over the years, that I was pleasantly surprised!!

Your soup reminded me of it and Im going to make it!

Aarti said...

hey Aru

enna achchu? u feeling better now??? take care di..go to doc if u have to...

:)just saw ur blog n noticed u were unwell..

sending u a bowl of hot steaming veg soup and loads of warm hugss...:)

Padmaja said...

hope u are feeling better now!! and oh yes thats one soothing soup to go when not well.
Do take care dear!!

Finla said...

Here it is cold weather and most of us have been coughing or having sore throat, wonderful soup. This soup has to work with all the goodness in it

amna said...

soup looks lovely. i have never been to 36 jubille hills.

hope u are feeling better now.

EC said...

thats a new soup recipe at the right time, being winter now all over. have a quick recovery...

Namratha said...

Just the thought of sipping this hot tangy soup is making me drool...yummy Raaga!

Manasi said...

That soup looks soooo good! nice for a cold evening and a blocked nose!! THANX!!!
Take care!!

Kribha said...

Thanks for sharing this nice soup. Hope you are feeling better now.

Cynthia said...

I can just imagine how fragrant this dish soup is.

Sagari said...

lovely ,clear and refreshing soup raaga looks yummy perfect for this cold weather

arundati said...

hi arundhati, i hope you're feeling better..... take care.... i heard on the news that trains and planes were delayed because of the cold....can imagine what the temperatures are like!!

Anonymous said...

Hi!! Thanks for sharing the recipe... i am on a diet and looking out for tasty yet healthy soups...hope this will help... Thanks!!

Aahana said...

hey, Let me share my experience, In AHMEDABAD one rotating restaurent is there named PATANG.
There in buffet you will get Superb LEMON CORIANDER SOUP. If you are big fan of Lemn cornder soup like me whenever u go must taste. I never had tasty soup like that in my lifetime.