Thick and creamy spinach soup – a quick ‘n’ easy ‘anytime’ dish!

27/07/2015 by Aruna Kamath

I have a weakness for leafy greens. Spinach tops the list, followed a close second by fenugreek leaves and coriander. I try and sneak them into as many preparations as possible so that my children derive the best nutritional value out of them. So when I go veggie shopping, my eyes are always prying for fresh greens. And I never let go of any opportunity to buy them.

The other day, on one my weekly visits to the neighbourhood veggie vendor, I spotted some deliciously fresh spinach with unusually large and vibrant leaves.  I made a dive at time, grabbed two bunches and skipped to the cash counter with a soft hum on my lips. Honestly, there’s something about spinach that gets me excited! That’s why I guess, I can completely relate with Popeye on this.

With one bunch, I didn’t have to mull much over what to prepare. I made my standard fare – ‘Dal Palak’ (A lentil based gravy) which is enjoyed by all in the family. It was the second bunch which  left me a little confused. No, I was not short of ideas, but the problem of plenty! There were so many recipes swimming in my head that I found it hard to make up my mind. Finally I settled for a soup – something I hadn’t made in years.

With a little trepidation, I veered a tad bit  from the original recipe followed by my mother in law.  Surprisingly, the end result was good.  In fact,  it had everyone licking their lips and asking for more!  I couldn’t have felt prouder.

What you need

  • Spinach (palak) – one bunch
  • Garlic cloves – ¾
  • Onion – one medium size
  • Milk Cream – half cup
  • Corn flour –  2 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper – as needed

How to proceed

  • Clean and thoroughly wash spinach. Discard the stalk and roughly chop the leaves
  • Lightly fry garlic until brown in butter
  • Add onion and sauté till it turns transparent
  • Add spinach and fry until it reduces to half the quantity
  • Then, add a glass of water and bring it to boil
  • Switch off the burner after a minute and allow the mixture to cool
  • After it cools to room temperature grind the mixture into a smooth puree
  • Transfer the contents into a pan and heat it after adding cream and corn flour.
  • Allow the mixture to boil for some time. ( if the consistency is too thick, add some water)
  • Add salt and pepper as required and serve hot with a blob of butter

Here’s why you should include spinach more often in your diet

  • Spinach has the remarkable ability to restore energy and improve blood quality
  • It’s a storehouse of minerals – Vitamin A, C and folic acid as well as magnesium, B2 and manganese
  • It is one of the richest sources of iron and an excellent source of vitamin K

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