Monday, February 8, 2010

Spinach and Orange Soup..nice tangy soup to enjoy this winter!!!

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What else can one think of other than having hot hot soup with a bread toast during these winters??

These days most of my dinners consists of only soups and salad's with some toasted bread slices,I feel this combo meal is a quiet satisfying and comforting meal and is also very light on stomach to digest.
Including greens is also very essential in our daily diet because of its advantageous medicinal properties. such as spinach which has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in Iron,antioxidants,vitamin A,C,E,K and folic acid.

I have adapted this recipe from her 'Vegetarian soups n drinks' book.This soup is a very interesting combination of spinach and orange where actually the orange gives tangyness and nice twist to the usual spinach soup.I really fell in love with this combination of this soup and now I can't think of making anything else other than this soup if I get a fresh bunch of spinach at home.Try it out by yourselves to believe it,I am sure this soup will definitely tickle your taste buds and enjoy this soup as it did magic with me.

Ingredients:
1 medium bunch Spinach(approx 1 1/2 cups when chopped)

1 medium Onion,sliced

1 medium sour Orange
1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp fresh cream

1 tbsp grated cheese

1/2 tsp Sugar

1/4 tsp pepper powder(freshly ground)
salt to taste

For Spice bag:

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

2 cloves

2 garlic pods
1/4 tsp black pepper corns


Method:
  • Wash the spinach properly and soak it in salted water for 8-10 mins.Drain and chop them.
  • Peel the outer skin from orange.Remove seeds,pith,skin and separate it into segments.
  • Crush the spices(mentioned under spice bag) lightly in a mortar and pestle and tie it in a muslin cloth to form a potli.
  • Heat butter and fry onions and then add chopped spinach leaves.I replaced the butter by adding a tsp of oil to avoid the extra calories.
  • Still till the leaves shrink and moisture is absorbed in reduced flame.
  • Pour just enough water to cover,add orange segments,spice bag and cook for 7-8 mins(do not cover it).You can even pressure cook the above mixture,but you will loose the lovely green color of spinach in that process.
  • Cool down and then discard the spice bag after squeezing well.Blend the spinach mixture into a smooth puree and then strain through a sieve if necessary.I prefer mine without sieving the mixture.
  • Dilute it with required amount of water,I like soups of medium thickness consistency so I added little more water,So add water according to your desired consistency.
  • Add salt,sugar and pepper powder and reheat till the boiling point in reduced flame stirring in between.
  • Pour hot in individual soup bowls and dot with whipped cream and sprinkle grated cheese over it.I completely avoided whipped cream and cheese and I just sprinkled some freshly crushed pepper and a fried crouton over it.It is your choice completely to make the soup rich and yummy.
Serve it hot with any accompaniments.


I served the soup with Fattoush,garlic bread with cheese and cut fresh fruits.It was a refreshing wholesome dinner.


Soups are incomplete without a toast of bread and they taste best with cheese layered garlic bread.So I am sending this combo of soup and garlic bread to the 'The COMBO' event by Pari of Foodelicious,I wish her All the best for her very first event.

This soup is even participating in Usha's 'Healthy Inspiration Event-Soups'.


56 comments:

Preeti Kashyap said...

Looks lovely! I agree perfect foe winter. The spinach-orange combination is new to me know, but a must try!

Simran said...

It's the loveliest color I've ever seen in soups :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Very unique & healthy combo,such a different & interesting one in soups....love the colour, very nutritious and best for this weather...looks delicious prathibha...

LG said...

Pumpkin and Orange soup madidini, Spinach and Orange is a new combo. Wonderful clicks!

Nithya said...

Looks yumm.. absolutely new combi.. :)

Devi Meyyappan said...

Woow.. nice combo!.. I'm curious to taste it:).. and the palate looks very healthy and fulfilling:):).. nice pic!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

That spread makes me crave!Makes an wholesome dinner,looks appetizing!

Priya said...

Very unique and creative combination Prathy..looks really appetizing and fantastic..

Parita said...

What a delightful color and refreshing combination!

jeyashrisuresh said...

colurful and refreshing soup.spinach and orange great combo.

sowmya.s said...

nice yummy combo..lovely colour and looks delicious..

Shama Nagarajan said...

tempting pictures...lovely soup...

Lebouffe said...

Amazing! Just perfect to wind up the day -Naina

PALATABLE said...

This is really very healthy and yummy soup. Nice color and great presentation too.

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Razigan said...

First timer to your blog. It's simply awesome. Mouthwatering recipes and photographs.

Pari said...

Hi dear, managed finally to come and read ur post.
This is an unusual combo and looks like a keeper, I must try and let u know. Trying to imagine how the flavour will be.

Asha said...

So pretty, too pretty to eat I must say! ;D
Gorgeous Orangy soup, good job.

Nithu Bala said...

Very colorful..great pictures :-)

Vrinda said...

I really wish for some soup now,looks too good and pretty ....

Nandini said...

The orange-spinach soup is very unfamiliar to me, but it sure sounds healthy and tasty!

Ramya Manja said...

Wow.. Nice n Color ful Soup :).. thank you for sharing the recipe along with a beautiful introduction.. I've had this some times, but never knew the recipe :)..

ARUNA said...

Awesome yaa, lovely green....super healthy!

SE said...

lovely color...with 3 ft of snow here..i can only wish for some soup !!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

I would love to sit in front of your table and grab those healthy colorful stuff. Looks fantastic.

Gulmohar said...

oh..this is making me feel warmer :-) It's snowing and I can't stop thinking about a soup bowl like this...lovely color

Ruchikacooks said...

Looks lovely. An eye catching shade of green too. WIll be so good for the weather with a bite of that garlic bread.

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munchcrunchandsuch said...

very unique combo prathy..and the colour is gorgeous.beautiful clicks

Jagruti said...

colourful green soup...looks tempting and nice combo..iron from spinach and vitamin c from oranges...to absorb iron u need vitamin c...

Cham said...

I tried orang and carrot but this combo sounds too good too!

PJ said...

That is a new combination.Would love to have it right no,its poring outside and is pretty chill here...

Uma said...

looks so delicious :)

Shri said...

Looks incredible..Terrific combination!!Can't wait to try it!

DRY GROUNDNUT CHUTNEY said...

Hi Prathiba,

I am Prathiba from The indian food court. Wonderful soup!! Should try it out.

Gita said...

That sure is a healthy and delicious dinner dear...this combination of spinach with orange sounds fantastic :)

Tina said...

dear i use yellow cucumber ..not the salad cucumber...

Akal's Saappadu said...

spinach/orange combination sounds interesting !!

the soup sounds filling and appetizing!!!

rekhas kitchen said...

ohhh wow interesting orang flavor in spinach soup looks great prthibha beautiful color...

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wonderful combo, spinach and orange... Fabulous pics there, they look vibrant and comforting for the winter as you mention!!!

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Kanchan said...

Wow the soup does look totally delicious and perfect !

Tina said...

Colourful and delicious soup...

San!!! said...

Completely a new n ravishing soup.Nice angled pics which dominates a lot prathy.

Siddhi S said...

wow this soup luks soooooo delicious n tempting...perfect for dinner, awesome combo, luks very interesting, vl try surely...the dinner luks very delicous pratibha...thnx for sharing

PJ said...

oh wow, what a lovely delicious soup! Love your clicks, particularly the first one. Spinach and orange is a unique combo indeed, reading your descriprion now I want to try it too :)

Red Chillies said...

Beautiful color and unique combination. Though I have never had the nerve to mix fruits and vegetebles.

Supriya Nair said...

Very well made soup...love your style of writing as well. The presentation and the click is awesome...wow wish I could have that color....Well made!

Prathibha said...

Thank you all for your lovely words..

Gulmohar,Thanks for letting me know..will look into d pbm..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Very very new to me...never heard of that combo either.....looks drool worthy....

Usha said...

Very unique and intriguing soup, looks beautiful !

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful soup with my Healthy Inspirations event....

Anisheetu said...

wow a wonderful soup.. very very different..

Nithu Bala said...

Dear Prathy, I'm hosting an event in my blog for March..This recipe would suit my event..plz take a look at my blog for details.

R said...

Hi! Pratibha, this is my first visit to ur blog thru combo event. This looks like a nutritious and delicious combo with an interesting twist! must try 4 me :)) Rupali.

myspicykitchen said...

Interesting soup! Will give it a try..

Usha said...

Prathibha, I finally made this soup. It came out great and loved! I am going to put it in my blog later tonight. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Anju said...

We have soups daily now that it s winter and this is such a different and fresh soup..my whole family enjoyed it ! thanks so much for sharing...

Prathibha said...

@Anju..Thanks for your feed back..I am glad that it turned out nice for u n also that ur family enjoyed it..

best food said...

Thanks for your feed back..I am glad that it turned out nice for u n also that ur family enjoyed it.

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