Category Archives: Soup

Chickpea and Brown Rice Stew (Instant Pot recipe)

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium / large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups (950 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked or from a can
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 cups baby spinach or kale (or other greens of choice), chopped roughly
  • 1 (14.5-ounce / 410g) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce / 227g) can tomato sauce
  • 1 to 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Method:

  1. To the pot, add the oil and put it on saute mode
  2. Add onion, fennel, garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes
  3. Add rice, pepper flakes, bay leaves, salt, black pepper and salt and saute for 2 minutes
  4. Add vegetable broth, chickpeas, thyme leaves, parsley leaves, spinach leaves, crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce and gently mix well
  5. Cover the pot and switch it to a mode with cooking time of 15 minutes
  6. When cooking is done and cooled, open pot, add lemon juice and gently mix well
  7. Serve with your favorite bread

Serves: 4

Inspiration source:

https://www.rainbowplantlife.com/blog/vegan-instant-pot-fennel-chickpea-stew

Greek chickpea stew

 

Ingredients:

  • 750 gm chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • lemon zest of 1 large lemon, about 1 tsp
  • lemon juice of 1 lemon, about 1 tbsp
  • 2 vegetable bouillon cubes (such as Knorr’s Vegetarian Vegetable Bouillon)
  • 1 cup water
  • salt (only if needed since the bouillon cues will add sufficient salt to the stew)
  • ground black pepper, 1 tsp

For garnishing

  • 1/3 bunch dill, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoon(s) olive oil

Method:

  1. If you starting with raw chickpeas, make sure to soak them for 6-8 hours and then cook them till they are soft. We prefer steam cooking in an instant pot or pressure cooker.
    If you are starting with canned chickpeas, just drain them with some running water to get rid of the liquid.
  2. From the cooked / canned chickpeas, puree about a cup and put aside.
  3. Heat the 2 tbsp olive oil a pot / pan on medium heat.
  4. To the hot oil, add chopped celery, onions, carrots and garlic and saute for 8-10 minutes till desired level of softness. Sauteing will mildly caramelize the vegetables and bring out their sweetness.
  5. Add the thyme, rosemary, lemon zest, bouillon cube, pepper and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add the cooked chickpeas, 1 cup water and bring to boil.
  7. Stir in the chickpea puree, lemon juice… mix well and cook for a couple of minutes.
    The stew is ready! Taste and add salt only if needed.
  8. When serving, top the stew with finely chopped fresh dill, extra virgin olive oil and serve with warm pita bread.

Serves: 4

Notes: 

  • Fresh herbs and lemon juice makes this stew extraordinarily tasty and flavorful. Try not to use dry herbs and not substitute lemon with lime!

Inspiration source:

https://akispetretzikis.com/categories/ospria/revithada

 

Black Bean Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans
  • 1/2 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 cups water

For garnishing

  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped (optional)
  • some sour cream

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, celery, carrots, garlic and salt and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Season with chili powder, cumin powder, and black pepper; cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add a can of beans, corn and water and bring to a boil.
  5. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process remaining 1 can beans and tomatoes until smooth.
  6. Stir into boiling soup mixture, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
  7. Garnish with spring onions, avocado, sour cream and serve

Serves: 4

Inspiration source:

https://www.vitamix.com/ca/en_us/Recipes/Tortilla-Soup

Sweetcorn Soup

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp oil (any vegetable oil / peanut oil)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 2 small / medium size carrots, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 slice (100 g) cabbage, chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 can cream style corn
  • 1/2 can of garbanzo beans (optional)
  • 1 cup water

Method:

  1. In a medium pan, heat the oils on medium heat
  2. Add diced carrot and salt and cook for about 2 minutes
  3. Add chopped chili, bell pepper, cabbage and cook for 2 minutes
  4. Add spring onions, mix well and cook for 2 minutes
  5. Add cream style corn and bring to boil
  6. Turn off the heat and serve the soup hot

Serves: 2

 

Tortilla Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium size onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 2 small / medium size carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 yellow squash, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 slice (100 g) cabbage, chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn kernels (optional)
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans (optional)
  • 2 cups water

For garnishing

  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped (optional)
  • 2 ounces (60 g) tortilla chips

Method:

  1. In a medium / large pan, heat the oil on medium heat
  2. Add onion and garlic and saute till onion becomes translucent
  3. Add diced carrot, squash, celery and salt and cook for about 2 minutes
  4. Add pepper, cabbage, taco seasoning and ground cumin cumin and cook for 2 minutes
  5. Add tomatoes, mix well, cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes and then turn off the heat
  6. Transfer the cooked vegetables to a high power blender that can handle hot liquid, such as Vitamix
  7. Heat the water, add the hot water to the blender and secure blender’s lid
  8. Turn machine on at slow speed and slowly increase speed to High (10)
  9. Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute to the desired consistency
  10. Add corn kernels and black beans and pulse-blend 3-4 times
  11. Take out the soup in a serving bowl, top with spring onions, avocado and crushed chips and serve hot

Serves: 4

Inspiration source:

https://www.vitamix.com/ca/en_us/Recipes/Tortilla-Soup

Remarks:

  • We tried the original Vitamix recipe a couple of time but were turned off by the taste of raw garlic and onion. We are very happy with this modified recipe where all the vegetables are stir-fried and mostly cooked before blending them.

Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew (Instant Pot recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1-2 tbsp. berbere spice blend, to taste (https://www.amazon.com/Frontier-Berbere-Seasoning-ORGANIC-Bottle/dp/B005WDVQHG)
  • 1/2-1 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste, optional
  • Poblano pepper chopped into medium size pieces, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups dried split red lentils
  • 4-5 medium size tomatoes diced or 1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 medium red potatoes, about 3/4 lb. total, diced
  • 3-4 celery ribs, chopped into medium size pieces
  • 2 carrots, chopped into medium size pieces
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, sliced and lightly packed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste

Method:

  1. To the pot, add the oil and put it on saute mode
  2. Add onion, carrots, celery, poblano chili and saute for 2 minutes
  3. Add potatoes and salt and saute for 2 minutes
  4. Add garlic, ginger, berbere spice and cayenne and sauté 1 minute more
  5. Add lentils, tomatoes and stir a few times
  6. Add 4 cups water, cover the pot and switch it to a mode with cooking time of 15 minutes
  7. When cooking is done and cooled, open pot and put it to saute mode
  8. Stir in spinach, add lemon juice and continue to cook just until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes
  9. Turn off the pot and serve the stew with rice or any bread

Serves: 5-6

Inspiration source:

https://www.connoisseurusveg.com/spicy-ethiopian-lentil-stew/

Remarks:

You can add a bit more berbere and cayenne, if desired.

Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Spinach

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown lentil (whole), washed, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 onions, sliced
  • 3-4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seed powder (preferably, freshly roasted and then ground)
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Method:

  1. Put InstantPot on saute mode
  2. Add oil to the pan
  3. Once oil is hot, add onion and saute for a couple of minutes
  4. Add carrots and celery and saute for a couple of minutes
  5. Add garlic, salt and ground cumin and saute for a couple of minutes
  6. Add lentil and tomatoes and saute for a couple of minutes
  7. Add 3 cups of water, cover the cooker and switch InstantPot to rice mode (10 minutes cooking time)
  8. Once the soup is ready, add chopped spinach and serve hot with pita bread or any hearty bread

Serves: 4

Inspiration source:

This is an attempt to reproduce awesome lentil soup we had at Zaytouna Mediterranean Grill in Freehold Township, New Jersey

Remarks:

Lemongrass Soup

Lemongrass Soup

Lemongrass Soup

Ingredients:

  • Peanut oil – 2 Tbs
  • Onion – 1 large
  • Lemongrass – 3 Tbs, chopped into ¼ inch-thick pieces
  • Garlic – 3 cloves, minced
  • Ginger – 1 Tbs, minced
  • Sweet potatoes / Yam / Rutabaga or any such root vegetable or assortment of such root vegetables – 3 cups, peeled and cut in ½ inch pieces
  • Soy sauce – 3 Tbs
  • Brussels sprouts / mushrooms – 3 cups, halved / quartered
  • Red bell pepper – 1 large, cut into 1-inch strips
  • Cilantro leaves – 1 cup, chopped
  • Lime juice – 2 Tbs

Method:

  1. Cook (steam / grill / sauté) the root vegetable and keep aside
  2. Heat 1 Tbs oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Saute Brussels sprout / mushrooms for 5 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Add bell pepper and sauté for 3 minutes, or until soft and then keep aside
  3. Heat 1 Tbs oil in a large pot over medium – high heat. Add onion and sauté for about 7 minutes, until it becomes brown
  4. Stir in lemongrass, garlic and ginger and sauté for 2-3 minutes
  5. Add soy sauce, 5 cups water and bring to boil
  6. Stir cooked root vegetables, Brussels sprout / mushrooms, bell peppers, cilantro and lime juice into the soup. Season with salt and pepper

Serves: 6

Inspiration source:

October 2007 issue of Vegetarian Times magazine

Leek and Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 big fat leek or 2 slightly slimmer ones or 2 bunch green onions
  • 3-4 small-medium new potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cube of vegetable bouillon + 3 cups water or 3 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt to taste (note that bouillon / broth may bring its own salt)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup full-cream milk

Method:

  1. Thoroughly wash leek / spring onions
  2. Chop leek / spring onions, about 3/4 inch pieces
  3. Scrub wash potatoes to remove all the soil from the potato skin
  4. Chop the potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes
  5. Heat the oil in a heavy pot and saute onions and potatoes for a few minutes
  6. Add the vegetable bouillon + 3 cups water or 3 cups vegetable broth, salt, pepper and bring to boil
  7. Cover the pot and simmer it on medium heat for 25-30 minutes till potatoes the completely cooked
  8. Mash with potato masher
  9. Add milk, bring to boil and then take it off heat
  10. Serve with your favorite bread

Serves: 4

Kadhi (Indian yogurt curry)

Yogurt Curry

Yogurt Curry

Ingredients:

  • Yogurt, 1 cup
  • Sugar, 1 tsp
  • Ginger, 1 tsp, grated
  • 1 green chili, slit and cut in 4 pieces
  • Curry leaves, 5-6 leaves
  • Besan / chickpea flour, 1 tbsp

For tempering

  • Ghee (purified butter), 1 tbsp
  • Fenugreek seeds, ¼ tsp
  • Mustard seeds, 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds, 1 tsp
  • Asafetida, ¼ tsp

Method:

  1. Churn 1 cup yogurt with 2 cups water to make buttermilk
  2. In a small cup, mix the chickpea flour with 2 tbsp water to make thick paste
  3. Add the chickpea paste, chili, ginger, curry leaves, salt and sugar in the buttermilk and put it on stovetop
  4. Bring the spiced butter milk to boil, while regularly stirring it
  5. Boiling the butter milk cooks the chickpea flour. Put it aside once boiled
  6. In a small saucepan, heat the ghee
  7. Once ghee is hot, add fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds
  8. Once most of the seeds have popped, add asafetida and gently stir to make sure asafetida turns very lightly brown and then immediately add the tempering to the spiced buttermilk
  9. Serve this kadhi hot with other Indian dry curry and Indian roti / chapatti

Serves: 6

Remarks:

This is a very common curry / soup in the state of Gujarat, India