Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cream of Broccoli Soup - Add a bowl of health to your meal

Broccoli, the green vegetable from the cabbage family is high on dietary fiber and extremely nutritious with its high Vitamin C content and cancer fighting properties. I add this nutritious vegetable to my dish of sauteed vegetables and as an addition to the pasta. This Broccoli soup is also one dish that my family enjoys.

I remember having the cream of Broccoli at a restaurant while we were in Russia, they served it hot with a crispy naan for accompaniment. I tried creating the same at home, which was well received and it has since been a regular on our dinner menu. I managed to get a quick picture while cooking and after pouring it out into the soup bowl on my mobile camera( as both hubby and daughter were waiting)

Ingredients for the Cream of Broccoli Soup
Broccoli - 1 (chopped into florets) (approx 2 cups)
All purpose flour/Maida - 2 tbsp
Milk - 1 cup
Chicken stock - 2 cups
Salt to taste
Pepper - 1 to 1.5 tsp (you may use white pepper)
Butter - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 1/2 tsp minced

Method for making Cream of Broccoli Soup 
1- Cook the chopped broccoli with half a cup of water in the microwave for 5 minutes and keep aside to cool (you can even steam it in the pressure cooker or steamer).
2- After cooling, blend the cooked broccoli in the blender and keep aside.
3- Take a pan and add the minced garlic. Saute for half a minute till the raw smell of garlic disappears. Add 2 tbsps of maida and roast for 1-2 minutes. Slowly add in the chicken stock, taking care not to form lumps. Let boil. Keep stirring.
4- When it starts boiling, add the broccoli puree. Let boil for 4-5 minutes.
5- Now add the milk. Season with salt and pepper. Boil. You will see that the soup begins to thicken. Switch off gas when the desired consistency is reached. Pour into soup bowls and serve hot.

Accompaniments: Soup sticks, crispy Naan or even a khakhra.

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