Keeping the dread at bay with Carrot Soup.

Finally, the dreaded february is gone. I was hoping against hope that it would take the dreaded cold and the dreaded parasites with it. It dreadfully didn’t, leaving the whole family to deal with the dreaded flu season for the adults and dreadful strep throats and ear infections for the kids.
With two clingy kids, a loss of apetite – the kind I have never experienced before and looming deadlines in front of us, me and the hubby were dreadfully tried like we have never been tried before. Oh, yes! It has been a dreadful kind of month for us.

Which means, it’s been a soup kind of month for us. Anything and everything got pulped, pureed, pulversied and slow-cooked into a heavenly flavored liquid which can cure all that ails the human body. And, boy it did. Thick, hot, filling broth that took out the parasites one healing spoonful at a time, giving us much needed nutrition during a period of acute appetite loss, comforting us with its soothing vapors and enveloping us in its warmth much like our mom’s pallu. The pallu we wanted to burrow into and the kids were trying hard to find in me (Sorry Dears, the apron will have to do). 🙂

Only two good things came out of this. One, the disappearance of the permanently-3-months-pregnant look I sported and second the recipe of the day, Carrot Soup.

The Carrot Soup became one of our mainstays during this period. And not just because s o m e o n e decided to buy carrots at Costco.

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1 tablespoons unsalted butter

in a pressure cooker over medium heat. Add

1 bay leaf,
1/2 medium onion, chopped

and fry till soft. Add in

5 medium carrots chopped into bite size pieces
1 tbsp ginger, chopped finely

cook for 2 minutes, till coated with the butter. Add

3 cups water,
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

Bring to a boil over high heat. Put on the Pressure cooker lid and let it whistle 3 times. Take off the heat and let it cool. When cooled, open the pressure cooker, puree the mixture in a blender till smooth. If you have one of those stick blenders, more power to you. Pour the soup back into the cooker and stir in

1/4 cup milk,
1 tbsp sugar,
Salt to taste

Reheat over medium heat until piping hot. Serve immediately.

Armed with a bowl of piping hot goodness, I go on to play this meme that I was tagged with eons ago, but couldn’t get to. So here goes, the 5 things you don’t know about me and for all I know, you don’t want to know about me. You are going to, anyway.

1. I hate Dill . There are no two-ways about it, no grey areas. Nope, just do not like it. Whether it is the smell or the taste or the way it looks. Hey, look someone decided to chop up some of their hair for dinner today.Thin little strands going through my food completely grosses me out.

2. I grew up, a very picky eater. Made my mom’s life hell with all the likes and dislikes. { I am so sorry. mom. But don’t you worry, Aayush is making sure I pay for it.}. A trip to the west with half of the things, I did like growing up, not available, I have out grown that.

3. I love the Austin Power movies. Don’t you hate me for this. But, I just love the idiotic behaviour and a little bit of psycho-analysis on myself tells me I am probably an idiot , too.

4. I am a voracious reader. I have 400 blogs on my google reader list and at any moment of time, at least 4 books just for myself from the library. I can read anything. Give me a printed(typed) word and I will read it.

5. I am the typical libra woman. Read Linda Goodman and you would know more about me than you want to know 🙂

That’s it. With all my secrets poured out, a bowl of soup poured in, I leave you with this Tamatar Story. Bhagwaan ji, aapki creativity ki to daat deni padegi. The various ways you make sure we remember you. Kabhi doodh pi kar, kabhi tamatar ka roop dharan karke!! Jai ho, Jai ho!!


Mum’s the word…Hearty Tomato Soup

You know Mom's cooking the best. You can live anywhere in the world, learn all sorts of cooking techniques and cuisines. You can be a professional cook , for god's sake. But at the end of it all, you want to come home and have Mom cook you that wonderful stuff and transport you to those golden days. There are those days when I really miss Mom's food (I miss mom, period). Of course, there are those days when you just miss somebody else cooking for you, but thats another post :). It is on the days of the first variety , that I end up making either or both of the following recipes . 

Mom makes a mean Tomato soup that has spoiled our taste buds to the extent that we never like any other tomato soup. It is such a simple recipe , the secret lies in fresh juicy tomatoes and only tomatoes. She doesnt add any other veggies or spice and there in lies the taste. On those chilly winter nights , I often make this soup served with grilled cheese sandwiches and reminisce about the past.

Very simple. Pressure cook about a kilo (about 2 pounds) of ripe juicy tomatoes. Crush in the blender and sieve in a fine siever to remove seeds and skin.
Pour into a pot and bring to a boil .Skim the white stuff that gathers on top. Add salt, sugar, pepper to taste. Mix 1 tbsp butter(room temperature) with 1 tbsp cornflour(Use a fork, its simpler) and add to the soup. Bring to a boil once more stirring continously. Remove from flame and add 1/2 cup milk. (I add about 4 tbsp cream). Delicious soup is ready.

Drop in a few homemade croutons, a dollop of butter and it is ready to be consumed!!

Thanks, MOM!