Hello Wonderful Readers!!
Wonder if you have realized, but its getting really cold, really fast in Bangalore! I have been a Bangalorean for so long as I can remember and I can positively confirm that this is not how the weather pattern has been if we go back 10 years or so. The cold breeze now reminds me of the time I spent in a farm in Ooty; the only difference being the purity of the air.
Anyways, I am a firm believer of the adage that the best way to beat the cold is by making nice warm bowls of soup or curries. Don’t you think so? So here is my recipe for a simple creamy mushroom soup. Don’t forget to serve it piping HOT.
- Button Mushrooms – 600gms (halved)
- Olive Oil – 1 tsp
- Leeks – 2 ( chopped)
- Red Onions – 1 ( medium chopped)
- Bay Leaf – 2
- Dry Parsley – 1 tsp
- Ginger + Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
- Water – 2 cups
- Cheese – optional ( for garnish)
- Salt – to taste
- In a heavy bottom deep cooking pot, add olive oil and once the oil is hot; add bay leaves. Then add onions + leeks + ginger garlic paste
- Fry till the onions are translucent.
- Then add the chopped mushrooms
- Finally add dry parsley + water + salt ( 1 tsp)
- Cover the pot and let it come to a boil. Then reduce the heat and cook for 20 – 25 mins till the mushrooms are nice and dark grey. The mushrooms should be easily mashable with the back of your spoon
- Once they have cooked well, using a stick blender, blend the mushrooms to a nice thick paste
- Serve hot with freshly grated cheese and bread
Hello my wonderful readers! How have you been.
The month of Christmas is almost upon us and the days are getting shorter and colder. With the onset of cold weather, all the sweaters, socks, caps and scarves comes tumbling out of our closet and warm bowls of soup and hot cocoa become our best friends. More time is spent indoors and as a mum, some how there is more food that needs to be cooked during winter season.
This winter started off as usual with Mr R and me going through a bout of sore throats and leaky noses. In order to make us feel better, I marched into the kitchen this morning to make my favourite cold remedy/panacea (however you may want to call it) — Turmeric Milk!! It’s a really simple recipe and you can use either dry or fresh turmeric. If you propose to use fresh turmeric, I recommend that you clean it well in running water and then use a share knife to peel off the brown skin. Following which, you can use a grate-ing machine or a mortar and pestle to make a fine paste. Use the paste in the recipe that follows. By the way, for this recipe, even the ginger can be dry or fresh. I was lucky to find both fresh turmeric and ginger (so that is what went into this recipe). Maybe I will share my turmeric pickle recipe soon.
Turmeric is an amazing root. This spice finds its way in most Indian recipes. But apart from its wonderful flavour and colour, turmeric has numerous medicinal properties. Firstly it helps boost your immune system and further blood flow through out the body. It is also said to lower cholesterol levels and keeps your sugar levels in check. So next time you have a cold you should try this drink. It really does help 🙂
- Milk – 1/2 ltr
- Turmeric – 1 tsp
- Ginger – 1/2 tsp
- Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
- Cardamom – 4 – 5 seeds
- Honey – 2 tsp (optional)
- Heat milk in a pan and wait till nice and hot
- Then add turmeric , ginger, cinnamon and cardamom
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let it simmer for another 5 mins
- Strain milk into desired glasses and add honey if required
- Serve right away hot !!
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