Vegetables combined with water or vegetable stock along with other flavoring ingredients such as spices, herbs, etc, to make an appetizing liquid is a soup.
On a cold evening what could be more comforting than a bowl of hot soup? As the temperature dips, we love indulging in hot beverages. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate are some of the most popular hot beverages. However, soup is one thing that is preferred by many over the other beverages. The reason being the soups are so healthy. Soup recipes are pretty easy and simple too. There are soups which can easily substitute a meal. Soup is nothing but a bowl of wholesomeness. Soups are healthy, delightful, and comforting. Soup has a universal appeal. Everyone loves soups. Soups are prepared in every country. Indian soup recipes are slightly different from the international soup recipes because of the spices etc used.
The leftover soup can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. It should be re-heated to re-use. It can also be frozen. Thaw in the refrigerator or microwave to reuse it.
A good soup is the one which has flavors of the ingredients used, the nutrition of the vegetables and meat, etc. It has a perfect consistency and is served hot.
A good soup recipe and following tips shall help to make a good soup
A liquid that is prepared by simmering together vegetables and water, no seasonings added is vegetable stock. As such bones are used to make vegetable stock and the stock is simmered for as much as 4 hours. Stock is used to making soups, gravies, etc. It is almost indispensable for clear soup recipes.
The broth is very close to stock. The two terms are often used interchangeably. The difference being in the seasoning and cooking time! The broth is seasoned and has a shorter cooking time than stock.
Stew is close to the soup. Just as broth and stock are similar with a few differences like that stew and soup are alike. The difference lies in its consistency. Soup has more liquid than stew has. Also, stew can be the main dish of the meal whereas soup we all know is served before the main dish.
How much I love this word Shorba. Shorba comes from an Arabic word Shurbah which means soup. The difference is that short belongs to the Middle East and Central Asia. Shorba is basically soup or stew which is a part of the cuisine of the Middle East and Central Asia.
Here are our top 10 soups that will be loved by anyone and everyone from any part of this world:
Cream of tomato soup is the rich and silky soup made using tomatoes. It is slightly sweet with a hint of garlic. It has a gorgeous color, wonderful texture and perfect balance of flavors. It is the kind of soup that is often served at restaurants.
The best part about the lemon and coriander soup is that it highlights very different flavors i.e. of lemon and coriander, which are otherwise used only for garnishing and rarely as the main ingredients.
Clear soup with juicy sweet corn and crunchy vegetables with a hint of ginger and garlic, having a peppery clue; is sweet corn soup. This is the kind of corn soup served at the restaurants. It is very comforting, doesn’t fill me quickly. It can be served as an appetizer or even as a light lunch or dinner.
Hakka noodles are boiled and combined with a broth made up of mixed vegetables to make a wholesome soup recipe. I have let the flavors of ginger; garlic and coriander speak, keeping the chilies minimal. With all that goodness this soup often goes beyond soup and can be a light vegetarian dinner recipe.
Tamatar ka shorba is spicy and tangy Indian tomato soup. It has the sharpness of ginger and green chilies, red chili powder. Tamatar shorba is a nice break from the regular tomato soups, which are thicker, creamier and slightly sweet.
Rich and creamy soup, with perfect balance flavors, with the awesome bite of sautéed mushrooms, a slight hint of garlic, velvety texture is the mushroom soup recipe. The feel and the consistency of this mushroom soup are to fall for.
Rasam is a tangy and flavorsome soup made with tomatoes, spices, tamarind, jaggery tempered with mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chilies etc. Making rasam is very easy and simple. There are many variations of rasam. Recipe of rasam generally includes the use of rasam powder and lentils. However, this recipe of rasam is the simplest of all and doesn’t call for any lentils or powder etc.
Restaurant Tomato soup is rich, smooth and creamy tomato soup which has gorgeous red color and silky texture. Restaurant-style dishes are about their look and texture. And this easy tomato recipe is all about the perfect color and texture and of course taste!
Chatang is a millet soup, from Beijing cuisine and Tianjin cuisine, also popular in eastern states of India, especially Tripura. It is flavored with sesame seeds and peppercorns. Jowar flour is used to make chatang recipe.
Tomato soup wherein tomatoes are at their best is roasted tomato soup. Tomatoes don’t taste better in any tomato soup because baking the tomatoes with garlic and onion enhances their flavour. The soup is finished with a dash of black pepper and garnished with some cheese!