Another blog post in quick succession ! That’s cuz i made this yummy soup today and had to share it with you. As a kid i hated spinach and used to get grounded everytime i would not eat it ….. Later as i grew up and couldn’t afford getting grounded all the time i started eating it,the only way i would eat is this a a north Indian style called “Palak Paneer”, meaning spinach and cottage cheese.My mum makes the most amazing palak panner with naan.And now I’m ok with the idea of spinach in almost any style.But it happens so that D is allergic to spinach (though i think its a psychological thing) and i don’t end up making it real often because i really wouldn’t go through all the trouble just for me.Unless of course we are with his parents then we eat spinach at least once a week.Today however i wanted to have some soup so i bought myself some spinach.Here the measurements are for 1 person if its your entire meal.Or two small bowls for starters.
- 1 bunch of spinach washed and stems removed
- 1tsp of cumin seeds
- 1 inch ginger grated plus a few slivers for garnish
- 1 small onion chopped
- finely chopped green chilli
- 1 tsp freshly roasted cumin powder
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 100 ml of single cream
- salt and black pepper
In a pot heat the oil and put the cumin seeds.As soon as they start spluttering add the onion, ginger and green chilli.Fry this till the onion has softened and browned slightly.Cut the spinach and add it to the onion.Cover with lid and let it sweat.The spinach will reduce by more than half.
In about 5 mins remove from the stove and blend it in the blender making a smooth puree.Pass it thru the sieve and bring back to the stove. Add the salt and pepper.Bring to boil and add the cream.Plate up the soup.Garnish with the ginger sliver and cumin powder.Serve with some
crusty home made bread.
Want to see something funny…..well here it is…my studio setup in natural lighting….and my skirt as a backdrop.And an important piece of advice :- never plate up and garnish your food out of the studio.I made the mistake of garnishing my soup in the kitchen and then it took me 5 mins to walk slowly and come to my room so that i didn’t spoil my heart swirls and have soup all over the edges.