How to make a delicious, light and yet nutrition-packed vegetable soup quickly?
I love tasty one-pot food which can be prepared easily and quickly. To keep things simple, in all my dishes I use the same seasonings and I rely on the other ingredients (e.g. vegetables) to bring variety in taste.
I use the minimum amount of oil or salt as I want to keep the dishes light and healthy.
Here is an easy, protein-rich soup recipe you can prepare very quickly with a few ingredients.
- Tomatoes: 2 Medium
- Onion: 1 Medium
- Bell Pepper: 1 Large Red
- White Mushrooms: 10 Small
- Malai Paneer: 1 lb
Water: 2 cups (approx 500 ml)
2 adults – meal size serving
How to Eat
Enjoy with bread or rice. I love to have some raw green chillies or mango pickle on the side.
How to Prepare
Clean and cut all the vegetables. Put all ingredients and put them all in one pot – except tomatoes. Cook everything for 20 minutes and then add tomatoes and cook further for 10 minutes.
The Paneer will crumble if you stir too much. Just stir once or twice during the cooking to make sure all the salt and spices are mixed throughout.
I like to add tomatoes at the end since then their flavor is preserved and the dish is tastier.
Cumin powder adds that extra punch to the soup.
In this recipe, the Paneer and mushrooms must be cooked well. The other ingredients like onion, bell pepper, and tomatoes are edible as raw vegetables so you can add them towards the end if you want to preserve their flavor.
Paneer is a form of fresh cheese used in cooking in Indian households. You can substitute Paneer with Soy chunks.
The vegetables are nutritious of course, plus Paneer is a milk product which provides oomph to the soup with its protein value.
I have no idea about calories.
I don’t count calories. However, I keep things light as much as possible with minimum oil. Most of the calories in this soup come from oil and Paneer (which is an Indian variety of cheese). If you don’t want Paneer substitute it with Soya or just remove it altogether.
- What is Paneer: Paneer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paneer
What is Curry Powder: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curry_powder
Instead of store-bought curry powder, you can make your own powder from raw, roasted spices with a coffee grinder. Just remember that the smell of spices will stay in your coffee grinder and you can’t easily get rid of it. Most people who grind their own spices keep a separate grinder for the purpose.