February 11, 2015

Badam Palak Shorba | Spinach soup with Broccoli and Almond | Easy Soup recipes

Soups are sought after by my elder one. She loves a variety of soups, although Toor dal- Carrot Soup is her favourite. I generally make it on weekends when she can enjoy this. Today's soup is a quick to make & calcium rich Palak Almond Soup that I made for her post school-its not only filling but very healthy too. Hope you enjoy this colourful hearty soup during winters, when Spinach is available in abundance. You can use fresh or frozen, regular or baby spinach. As I have access to fresh spinach through the year, we make this regularly. Addition of broccoli is optional, but I added this to have a bite. LLinking this to Archana’s Soups and Salads Kids Delight event , created by Srivalli.

Prep time : 15 mins | Cook time: 10 mins | Serves : 2
Palak Almond soup with Broccoli. 
Cuisine : Indian, Course : Appetiser | Spice Level : Medium
Can be made vegan if desired
Serving Suggestions : Garlic bread, toasted bread, soup sticks


Ingredients:
  • Spinach - fresh (regular) - 1/2 cup (packed)
  • Almond meal - 1/4 cup*
  • Shallots / baby onions - 4 to 6
  • Garlic pods - 1 large
  • Broccoli - 5-8 mini florets (about 1/4 cup)
  • Butter / oil - 1 TBSP
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Milk - 3/4 cup
  • cream - to garnish - 1 tsp (optional)

*In place of almond meal, simply blanch, dry and powder coarsely a handful of almonds. I soaked them for 30 mins, and pureed them along with the skin on. 

Method:
  1. In a pan, add half the butter / oil. saute the garlic and onions for 4-5 mins till they soften a bit. Remove. In the same oil, saute spinach for 1-2 mins without any water till it wilts a bit. Remove and cool. Add the remaining oil and saute the washed and drained broccoli for 3-4 mins till slightly sauteed but still crunchy. 
  2.  In a blender, puree spinach, onions, garlic to a fine puree. Add almond meal and puree once more, but not too much. 
  3. Return this puree to the pan, let it simmer along with the broccoli. Add milk , salt and pepper as desired. 
  4. Check for spice and salt. Once creamy, transfer to a serving bowl. finish with cream and top with pepper if required.
  5. Serve with croutons / soup sticks as desired



Linking this to Archana’s Soups and Salads Kids Delight event , created by Srivalli.

14 comments:

  1. Such a hearty and healthy soup!

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  2. That's one bright and healthy soup Kalyani, guess we all thought on the same lines for colourful dishes..lol

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  3. Am a big fan of palak and your soup is so yummy looking. Can wait to make. Hope your line would be as colorful as this one

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  4. Wow what a amazing colour and so healthy. .wish I was a soup person:)

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  5. palak soup looks awesome... loving the addition of almonds!!

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  6. Love the vibrant colored, healthy soup.

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  7. what a healthy soup - love the vibrant color

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  8. Yummmmmy and healthy soup. Such a lovely colour Kalyani. Bookmarked.

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  9. Looks so vibrant and beautifully presented. Really healthy and colorful too!

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  10. Wow, looks so delish!!! Send across so much warmth in this cold here.

    -- thelady8home.com

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  11. Love this soup and the color of it, awesome.

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  12. Lovely and vibrant looking soup, Kalyani!

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  13. That bowl of eye catching shorba is quite enough to keep me warm..Lovely..

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  14. Adding palak to broccoli soup is a great idea. Soup looks delicious.

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Cheers
Kalyani

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