At times, the sweaters that we pile on just aren’t enough to keep the cold at bay. That is when wholesome homemade soups come to the rescue. A piping hot bowl of delicious soup warms up even the tips of your toes. So don’t wait, dig in!
Chi Al Meh (Manipuri soup)
Ingredients: 1 onion, 2 capsicums, a handful of mushrooms, a small bunch of spinach, ginger paste – 1tsp, soy sauce – 1tsp, salt a pinch, 3 chillies, water
Chop the onions, mushrooms, and capsicum and keep aside. Heat a pan and add the ginger paste. Stir for some time, after that add the chillies, soy sauce and salt. Next add the chopped vegetables, spinach and add water to the mix. Cover the pan and let it boil for 10 minutes. You can serve the soup once the vegetables are cooked.
Thukpa (Tibetan soup)
Ingredient: Oil – 2tsp, 1 onion, ½ garlic, chillies – 3/4, small bowl of minced meat (chicken/pork), salt to taste, 2 litres water, 1 pack of noodles
Heat oil in a pan and fry the chopped vegetables. Next add the minced meat, season with salt and fry till it is golden brown in colour. Keep aside. Add water in a separate pan, add the noodles and bring to a boil. Keep stirring occasionally. Drain the noodles with the help of a large sieve; don’t throw away the boiling water. Dip the noodles in cold water and strain to stop them from sticking together. In the boiled water, mix the fried veggies and meat and stir. Put in the noodles in the soup and serve hot.
Oats – 1 cup, 1 finely chopped onion, 1 clove garlic chopped, 1 chopped green chilli, salt to taste, pepper powder, 1 cup water, 1 cup milk, oil – 2 tsp, coriander for garnish
Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions, green chilli and garlic. Next add the oats and fry for another 2 minutes. Add salt, water, milk and pepper powder to the mixture and bring to a boil. Garnish it with coriander.