There’s a contest on at CAL, that laid certain ingredient restrictions for qualifying entries. I chose to work with Pumpkin, Spinach and Cinnamon from the list.
It’s fun to try and make something when we don’t have a world of choices. I also believe we’re at our creative best when our options are restricted.
This soup won’t taste very good with rice or rotis IMO, even though it seems more like a curry. Might go well with Kerala parottas or Bengali lucchis – maida flatbreads of different sorts essentially.
It is low carb, somewhat nutritious, though it can support more vegetables to improve nutrition and quite low fat.
- Pumpkin, about 300gms, blended, with a little water
- Spinach, handful, chopped
- Buttermilk, Mother Dairy, masala version, 2 packets (400ml)
- Onions, 2 medium, finely sliced
- Ginger, 3 tablespoons, grated
- Mustard seeds, 3 teaspoons
- Urad dal, 3 teaspoons
- Cinnamon, 1/4th teaspoon
- Green chilies, 6 pieces, slit
- Black peppercorns, 1 tsp, pounded fine
- Hing powder 1/2 tsp (not pure resin)
- Red chilies, dried
- 3 tsp cornstarch mixed with cold water
- Garam Masala
- Salt to taste
- Coriander, fresh, for garnish
- Heat oil, splutter mustard, brown the urad dal, fry the ginger, hing, dried red chilies, fresh green chilies and curry leaves.
- Add the onions, fry till beginning to brown at the edges.
- Add the pumpkin, mix well, add the buttermilk. Thicken with cornstarch and mix well. Simmer 2 – 3 minutes.
- Bring to a boil. Add the spinach leaves, cinnamon, salt and garam masala per taste. Simmer 5 minutes. Mix well.
- Serve garnished with coriander leaves.
- Thickening is to avoid the buttermilk splitting/curdling. If you’re alright with that, skip the cornstarch.
- Cream can taste nice in this. If you do add cream, be careful of it splitting, both due to temperature, and acidity.
- This soup supports more vegetables. Add as per cooking time required. For example, add carrots toward the middle and small broccoli florets towards the end.
- Reduce chilies per taste. Keep in mind, chilies will reduce carb cravings.