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Chukandar ka Shorba | Gluten free Beetroot soup | Kids Soups

As I mentioned in my post on Corn Spinach Soup, most soups are liked by both my kids. The surprise however was today’s soup – Chukandar ka Shorba or Gluten free Beet soup,  that the little one asked for a second helping all by herself. Considering her age, I made it with less spice although you can adjust accordingly. But she does ask for this soup atleast once a fortnight, so it must be quite her favourite. Other than poriyal (dry saute) or this vegan Beet & Peanut salad ,I  am not fond of beets myself. My elder one loves this vegan Beetroot Chutney & Mini Burger with Beet patties quite a bit though.

With both kids on either end of the spectrum with respect to their spice levels, I felt beets might be a win-win for both of them, and it was. I had staved away a small quantity of the soup for the elder one, and although she didn’t like the mild spice, she chose another soup to be made for her that weekend. Thats coming up pretty soon too 🙂

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Prep time : 10 mins; Cook time : 15 mins, Serves : 2

Ingredients:

  • Beetroot – 1 large (about 100 gms)
  • Carrot  – 1 medium (about 50-75 gms)
  • Veg Stock – 3/4 cup
  • Garlic powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • White Onions – 1/2 (opt.)- I didn’t use
  • Garlic pods-  2 nos.(opt.)- I didn’t use
  • Handful of blanched peas (opt. but recommended)

Method:

  1. Wash, peel & chop the veggies into medium chunks. Pressure cook them with 1 cup of water for just 2 whistles.If using the onion and garlic (I didn’t add), add to the beets and carrots and pressure cook them too.  Let the steam come down on its own. Cool and puree. Strain if required. I didn’t strain.
  2. Add the puree, stock, spices, salt and let it simmer for 6-8 mins. 
  3. Serve the Shorba as is, or add dried herbs, chilli flakes and a dollop of fresh cream on top (It can be completely vegan if you wish to skip the cream). I added a handful of freshly blanched green peas to have a bite and cut out the sweetness from the soup.

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Notes:

1) Beetroot can be overpoweringly sweet at times, so I added a handful of carrots too . 

2) If you dont have veg stock on hand, you can add 1/2 peeled potato to give it some body and starch content too

3) You can also add broccoli /cauliflower and simply steam and puree them if you want to make it more healthy, especially for fussy kids.

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18 Comments

  1. vaishali sabnani

    Lovely deep color ! I am very fond of this root and add a little of it in my tomato soup , but never used as a star ingrdient for soup . It is such a wonderful feeling when kids ask for a second help .

  2. very inviting beetroot soup kalyani 🙂 looks so tempting .

  3. Gayathri Kumar

    Such a creamy soup with beets. It has turned out with an awesome colour..

  4. Nalini's Kitchen

    Such colourful and creamy,comfoting Soup..Love the deep color of the soup,Kalyani..

  5. Love the deep color and I am sure my kids love their soups too 🙂

  6. Such a delicious shorba and love anything with beets, inviting bowl there.

  7. The Pumpkin Farm

    that freshly squeezed cream from the amul tetra pack makes me feel at home…this is exactly how i serve my cream on soups..loved the idea of green peas to cut the sweetness from this one

  8. What a lovely colour!! Beet Soup is loaded with goodness. A must try.

  9. MySpicyKitchen

    This must be one tasty soup that little ones keeps asking for it every fortnight! Soup has a vibrant color.

  10. Suma Gandlur

    I love beets but never thought it in terms of soup since I am not into soups that much though the rest of my family love's them. However your version now has given me an idea that I think am going to love.

  11. Suma Gandlur

    And loved that garnish of cream or Greek yogurt.

  12. What a lovely color to the beet soup. Your daughters are very very adventurous in terms of eating new foods. You are lucky 🙂

  13. Smruti Ashar

    I would make this soup only for the color!!! Lovely pick for the theme!!

  14. How interesting to know your girls loved this!..Must try it for mine..

  15. Wow ahat a beautiful colour! and if both the girls liked it it must be made for us.

  16. Such a pretty looking soup! Am trying it asap

  17. cookingwithsapana

    Beets in soup sounds interesting. Must have tasted amazing.

  18. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Love the color of the soup and it is so interesting.

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