Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Spicy Beetroot Soup

I could not resist a bunch of beetroots in Sainsburys on Saturday. They ended up being a light supper for us on Saturday Evening (......a starter for Sunday Lunch time, on Monday I had to say no!) . This soup is delicious with some crusty bread, and can be a light lunch / supper or a starter.

Ingredients
4-5 fresh beetroots; peeled, washed and diced
1 onion; diced
1 leek; chopped roughly in 1 cm rings
2 potatoes; peeled, washed and diced
6 cloves garlic; chopped fine
1-2 red chillies (I got mine from the garden, 1 inch long, but super hot!); choped roughly
1 tblspn olive oil
salt to taste


Method
1. Heat the oil in a pan, and fry the onions until golden brown,
2. Add the garlic and saute for a few minutes
3. Add all the vegetables and the chilli and saute for about 10 minutes
4. Add 3-4 cups of water or stock (vegetable or chicken), I didn't have any.
5. Simmer until the vegetable are cooked, using a liquidised wand to homogenise until smooth.
6. Serve with crusty bread. I tried to swirl a little creme fraiche on the top, but it sank!!

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16 comments:

Happy cook said...

Beautiful Colour.
It also looks good. Love soup.

Asha said...

Love Beets.What a great colour.looks like great soup for chilly day!
Cream on top to decorate melts if soup is hot,let it cool a bit for cream swirl,just to take a photo! Things we do for blogging! HeHe!!:))

musical said...

Lovely soup, Saju. I bought some beets, have used the greens and now i can make this with the beets :). Really great recipe!

Saju said...

Thanks Happy Cook, I love soup too, comfort food for me.
Thanks for the tip Asha, I will be trying that next time!
Thanks musical, I actually had this for the first time a few years ago in Spain made by an Iranian friend. It was so yummy, I make it every year when beets are in season.

bee said...

beautiful. i always add a twist of lime to beetroot dishes. try it.

Saju said...

hey Bee, that's a good idea, I will try lime next time.
So much to learn on the blogosphere huh?

Sharmi said...

waw that soup looks very satisfying!
now I got something to do with beets other than subzi.

Kelly Mahoney said...

What an awesome color! Spice and beets must be a delicious combination.

Richa said...

yup, the soup season is fast approaching, though i never have to look at the seasons to have a bowl of soup :)
looks delicious, slurrrrrp....

Priya Dilip said...

beetroot soup is very new to me.. i love beets

Cynthia said...

The colour is so inviting.

Suganya said...

Gorgeous colour. It is for this reason I add a pice of beetroot in tomato soup.

Timepass said...

Lovely...Your mention of Sainsburys reminded me of the time I shopped there.

Padma said...

My God Saju, I have to try this, seriously..these days am anemic! Nice photo of the soup

zlamushka said...

Great color. I wouldnt want to drop it on my blouse :-) this is cool, causse I dont usually cook with beetroot, never know how... But here in Sweden, beetroot is ´in´all year round...

SeeC said...

I am making my way to Sainsburys now :))

Lovely idea and very healthy one too.

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