Thursday, December 12, 2013

Broccoli and Bell pepper soup / Broccoli and Capsicum Soup

Before you run away thinking there is mashed and ground broccoli in it let me tell you the green tint of the soup comes from the bell pepper :)

The broccoli florets are not mashed unidentifiably but steamed and put inside this delicious soup so that you get to see the bright greens and eat them.

Seeing all the bright colors of veggies is so much fun than grinding the whole thing into one odd colored soup.I am sure u guys will agree on that right!
 The bell pepper gives a beautiful aroma.If you think the color is too green for you then go for the other colored ones.


Ingredients: (Serves 3)
Broccoli - 1( medium size)
Bell pepper/ Capsicum - 1/2 of 1
White onion -1/2 of 1
Garlic - 5 flakes
All purpose flour - 4 tsp
Heavy cream / fresh cream or whole milk - 1/3 cup
Butter /cooking oil -2 tsp
Salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish /Topping:
Carrot slices - (Steps for making flower in the end)
Sharp grated cheddar cheese
Sunflower seeds

Method:

  • Cut broccoli into florets.(U may use the thick stem part by chopping finely and cooking it along with bell pepper in the next step but I did not use it here ) Wash the florets well and steam them until  cooked.and keep aside.
  • Heat butter and when it melts slightly add garlic chopped,when it turns golden add the onion chopped saute for a few minutes then the bell pepper chopped saute until tender add salt,pepper and all purpose flour reduce flame and keep stirring until the flour gives out a nice aroma (take care not to burn the bottom) now add 1 glass of water ,mix well and cook it till the flour has no raw taste.
  • Let the mixture cool down. Grind this in a blender or with a hand blender.
  • Bring the mixture back to boil adding more water( according to the thickness u want for the soup).At this stage add the steamed broccoli floret and the milk/ cream let it boil for one more minute switch off flame,garnish and serve immediately with croutons,oyster crackers or bread.
Carrot flower:
Don't overlook the flower power! It really brightens the soup.
Wash and clean the carrot.Cut it diagonally then with a potato peeler make thin strips, roll it .Make a small cut with a knife(not too deep) and tuck the end of the strip inside.Simply roll one more strip and put inside the first roll. There are two strips in a flower.

Hope to hear from u lovely people out there.
Meena

If you love broccoli here are other websites with awesome recipes u need to check out :

The Lemon Bowl: Roasted Broccoli with Hoisin Dipping Sauce
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Garlicky Cheesy Broccoli Gratin
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Italian Broccoli with Garlic, Chiles and Parmigiano Reggiano
Red or Green: Szechuan Broccoli and Chicken
Virtually Homemade: Roasted Broccoli with Garlic, Parmesan and Lemon
Dishing: Broccoli Soup
Weelicious: Broccoli Salad
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Broccoli and Bell Pepper Soup
The Sensitive Epicure: Pureed Broccoli with Garlic
Domesticate Me: Roasted Broccoli, Chicken and Cheddar Quinoa Bake
Dishin & Dishes: Broccoli Garlic Pancetta Quiche
FN Dish: When Broccoli Meets Cheddar


38 comments:

  1. First it was Divya with the broccoli soup...now u too.... Sathyam paranjal, broccoli kazhichal inji kadicha kurangane pole anne njan... But that is with the normal steamed or sauted broccoli..never tried soup... I will give it a try...hopefully it should change my attitude towards it.

    Love the carrot flower :) Will try decorating it for our Xmas potluck..

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    1. i cant stop laughing on your comment anu...edo broccoli tasty ya its really crunchy...enda mollu pachakku kezhikum...trust me both of us have a recipe that has flavors of broccoli but not its actual taste that many people dont love...

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    2. Anupa you are too funny ... Your comments get me laughing aloud.
      Meena the soup looks delicious. Me too love that carrot flower :)

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  2. He hee...thank you Anupa.
    I know a lot of my friends don't like broccoli..they even ask me kazhinja jenamathil vella kurangayirunnoo!..:)))

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  3. Healthy soup n broccoli is our fav veg too.but In d soup for never tried. N actually clicks r tempting more.that means nice presentation ..:)

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  4. I love the beautiful garnishes on top of your broccoli soup - so pretty and I agree garnishes can make all the difference when presenting a soup. I love mixing different textures and colors on top of creamy soups.

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    1. Thank you Jeanette.True we feast with our eyes first :)

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  5. Meena....lovely soup...now am learning other ways to use capsicum other than fried rice or noodles....broccoli ende fav annu and i love them just like that getting steamed by its own in hot soup....yummy...lovely recipe da...anu de comment chiri varunnu :)

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  6. right now I am in soup mood, so trying all different varieties of it. surely this looks very tempting so going to try it. love the garnishing too.

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  7. Yummy soup for sure.Love the colors in to it,def the carrot peels.I wanted to make brocoli soup after i tried spinach soup .So you gave me some reason to try it.

    MyKitchenOdyssey

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    1. Spinach soup hmm I shall think of it too.Thank you sis.

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  8. Delicious n gud way to use broccoli in soup!!!

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  9. come winter n wat else do we crave other than something hot hot .. this bowl looks perfect for the season. Filled with oodles of nutrients n yum to to the core...

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    1. So true it is really cold out here , we survive on some hot soup.

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  10. Gorgeous colors and up-notch platting. Of course goes with the lovely flavors inside.

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  11. yummy soup with beautifully presentation dear....

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  12. Yes, the soup does have a fresh look to it. Since I love capsicum and broccoli, this is just the right kind of thing for me.

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  13. I am not a soup fan and I skip this in parties. But this really an inviting one. Vendannu vijarichalum kazhichu povum :-)

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    1. Aa paranjathu ennik istapettu.:) thank you Resna.

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  14. this soup is perfect to warm up this winter,thanks for sharing :-)

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  15. Such a beautiful soup. I think I need a master class with you Meena for food photography and styling. Those carrot curls are too pretty and that first line of your post made me laugh ;-)

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    1. Thank you Priya. I am so glad u liked it :))

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  16. you keep amazing me with ur neat clean presentations, Meena !! beautiful click dearo !!!! sucha healthy yummy soup, esp for the cold days.

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  17. Broccoli is my favourite. Love to put loads of it while making pasta. Soup kudikaan thonunundu ippo, will try out this one.

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  18. i've always seen broccoli staring at me, but never pick it up myself... my sis had it when she used to be in states, and it used to be one of her favorite veges for thoran it seems... the soup looks really appealing, i may have a go at the bowl considering i love green color... :) lovely photos and nice deco up there, i've no patience to curl those carrots into flowers though, may eat it up as is!!! hehe...

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  19. Adipoli soup, pinae when I try making brocoli I will add some sambar powder to make it indian. You version of soup looks delicious awesome carrot flower.

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  20. I used to have broccoli soup in subway. this looks so yummy and beautifull presentation too.

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