Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

I have been making a lot of soups lately with almost any ingredient that I can find, that needs to be used up. Soup for dinner is so comforting and makes for a perfect meal especially when you are alone at home and are in no mood to cook. It also fits in with my plan towards healthier eating in spite of the numerous failed attempts.

Here’s a recipe for a soup that only takes minutes to make and calls for just a handful of ingredients. The recipe involves cooking some onions, potatoes and cauliflower florets till tender and then blending everything together to get a rich and creamy soup.
Here’s how I made mine -

Ingredients:
½ onion, peeled & chopped finely
1 medium potato, peeled & chopped into small cubes
1 pack of frozen cauliflower
3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
1 tsp ginger paste.
¾ cup milk
½- 1 tsp of nutmeg powder depending on taste
Salt & pepper to taste.
Herbs for garnishing
1 Tbsp olive oil

Method:
Heat some olive oil in a large saucepan and add the chopped onion, ginger & garlic. Sauté everything for a minute or two.

Add the potato cubes and cauliflower florets along with a little bit of water and cover & cook till tender.

Blend/Puree the mixture after cooling and return to the saucepan.

Add about ¾ cup of milk and cook for another 2-3 minutes. (You could add some more water here depending on the consistency you want for your soup. I like mine thick, rich and creamy; hence added the milk & almost no water)

Add the nutmeg powder, season with some salt and pepper, garnish with some herbs and serve hot.


61 Burps:

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Hi tbc...
What a nice one......The soup looks amazing........I bet the texture has come out perfectly :-)

Rajitha said...

tbc, it looks delicious...and i hear you on trying to eat healthy and flunking on it ;)

Ashwini said...

such a gorgeous pic TBC. I like cauli soups that dont use cream or half & half

Laavanya said...

What a creamy, dreamy soup.. :)

Linda said...

Hi, TBC... your cauliflower soup looks wonderful for an autumn evening -- the creamy soup with crunchy croutons, lovely :)

Tee said...

Such gorgeous pictures! I love your recipe for cauliflower soup...very comforting indeed! I am bookmarking this recipe...will make for a wonderful meal. :)

Savithri said...

Looks delicious! Its quite healthy too:)

Lovely presentation!

Pragyan said...

This looks delicious. Though I have never tried cauliflower soup. Maybe we can substitute brocolli in this soup. Have you already tried this? Thanks for sharing.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

mmmmm! Nice cauliflower soup! Never could have come up with that one.

Nirmala said...

This looks really yummy and relatively health with the use of milk instead of cream.

Cynthia said...

I guess the season is soon going to be upon us when all that warms the heart is a delicious hot bowl of soup.

Jun :) said...

hello there...tq 4 dropping by at my blog..urs is nice too..i'm always xcited when it comes to food's blog..hehehe...i hope u dont mind if i link urs? tq in advance..

Kribha said...

Looks so creamy,yummy and heavenly. The picture looks awesome. My hubby is a big fan of soups. Will surely try it for him.

Redchillies said...

TBC, what a great idea using cauliflower. Now that winter is round the corner, I know where to get awesome soup receipes.

Valli said...

What lovely photos! They are making me very hungry! I love the addition of ginger in your cauliflower soup to give it that little twist.

Nags said...

looks really really yummy! bookmarking the recipe

Jyothsna said...

Good looking soup! Since the climate is changing here too, I should also start making soups.

musical said...

I just finished my dinner, and now i see this! I have some serious craving now :-D. Very inviting bowl of soup!

kunika said...

thanks for your comments on my blog...well nice creamy soup ....i like such soups (cream of mushroom is one of them)...'ll try soon

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

Hi there, wow, so I am the first one to give u a scrap...your soup looks really tempting...nice fotograph...!..well, myself, i just into the worlf of blogging..just 2-3 days old infact..but a regular reader of many beautiful blogs for months...trust me, me too am in a very learning stage..I went thru ur write up on puri, atleast, u have given it a try..inshallahh!!..me too will make a puri sometime...have only eaten the ones which the udupi restraunts serve me, or which mom used to make at home. Again on muffins, they too look really great..know what, I did try one last month, but I am sooo illiterate in this side of cooking that my first trial was with a ready-to-make muffin mix, and it had mentioned preheat the oven to 450 deg's..and good old me was just standing in front of the oven and wondering, oh my god!!..my oven has got a temp setting only upto 250 deg!!!!..honestly, only later did I found from Viji of Vcuisine that the 450 deg on the pack says for fahreheit!!!!...very literate, isnt it!!!..lol

Rachna said...

cauliflower soup? i only like cauliflower in only two or three ways and yur pics makes me wanna try this....

Raaga said...

Wonderful. I too used to live on soups until I got married... now its a rare thing, but I still manage to make some varieties :-)

zlamushka said...

Hi TBC,

this is a funny coincidence. I jst posted my zuchini cream soup at http://www.burntmouth.com/2007/09/zucchini-cream-soup.html

I love bloopy bloopy soup (as Cynthia called mine), so I will definitelly try yours :)

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

Hi ther, so let me the first one to comment on your soup..even thou i don't prefer soups mcuh,yours does looks really inviting!!!..i am very new to the world of blogging, to be precise, just 3 days old..but, a silent reader of many of the beautiful creations on cookery blogs for months!!!..all this , and a push from Viji of Vcuisine(whom i happened to meet while i was wandering amongst these blogs) led me too, to start one of my own. one thing in common with both of us is, ur initial posts just shows the images...not the writeup's..and same is mine!!
cheers,
sona

archana said...

Loved the picture and soup recipe looks good. I will try it this winter :)Bookmarking it :)

Asha said...

OH, looks so good with croûtons. Wish I had some of that now, can't cook much for another week:)

Happy cook said...

Soup looks delicious and yummy.
I too love soup it is so comforting.

Padma said...

I must say that one mouthwatering creamy soup for a chilly wintry evenings

Sia said...

beautiful pic and recipe tbc. soup looks both creamy and delicious. i haven't tried making cauliflower soup till now but now u have tempted me enough to give it a try:)

bee said...

thanks for ther tecipe. i tried cauliflower soup once and hated it, but your pic is tempting me to try it again.

Sreelu said...

Ooooh TBC, cauliflower soup looks so creamy and warm,hmm love your coutons, wish I could dig in

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Lovely! It's still a little warm here for soup, but can't wait to try your lovely recipe as soon as fall/autumn arrives! :)

bhags said...

my roomie used to make cauliflower soup and i never liked the taste....your pics make me drool over it though....thanks for the recipe

Mishmash ! said...

Hey...the soup look so rich and creamy even without cream!!

Looking at your recipes, I dont think u re a budding cook, u re quite a matured cook :)

Thanks for visiting my blog:)

Shn

Latha Narasimhan said...

Soup picture is very tempting! but I like cauliflower as it is and not in soup! but the colour tempts me to try!May be I will!

Meera's Blog said...

it sure does look like an easy soup recipe:)looks awsome:)wil try this one.hope i can use fresh cauliflower instead of frozen!

Pooja V said...

Soup looks yummy !! Your pictures rock.

Helene said...

I love soups. Nice picture. Thanks for adding the recipes. I would love the hummus recipe.

Siri said...

Thanks for visiting my profile and dropping a comment.:D
this cauliflower soup looks so amazing and yummy.. will try it soon..

Seena said...

Lovely picture and the recipe!

TBC said...

Sirisha, Rajitha, Ashwini, Laavanya, Linda- thank you ladies:-)


Tee, let me know how you like it.


Savithri, Jenndz, Nirmala, Cynthia, Kribha- thanks for the kind words and the compliments.


Pragyan-You most certainly can & I have a recipe for broccoli soup posted too , if you are interested.


Jun:)-thanks for visiting. I have no problem.. go right ahead ;-)

Redchillies, Valli, Nags, Jyothsna, Musical, Kunika,Sona - thank you for saying such nice things. It feels good :-)


Rachana- do try it out.



Raaga, thanks.



Zlamushka, I just checked out your soup & I'm gonna make it when I buy Zucchini.


Archana-Tell me how irt turns out.


Asha, dear, I like seeing you here but take some rest:-)


Happy cook & Padma -thank you


Sia, It really tastes good & you could modify it to suit your tastes. The nutmeg gave it a nice flavor.



Bee, if u hated it before,I don't know if it will be any different this time. Let me know if you decide to make it & end up liking it ;-)



Sreelu, come on over, girl;-)


EMWK, thanks. I was alone & hungry & didn't want anything too elaborate.


Bhags, you are welcome. Hope you like it if you do make it.:-)



Shn, thank you for stopping by & thank you for your kind words.
Yeah, I hate those soups which have dollops of cream & other fattening things.



Latha, thanks dear:-)


Meera, welcome to my blog.Fresh cauliflower is better; I am too lazy for that, hence used frozen ;-)

Pooja, thank you. It means a lot tome 'cos I takealot of time to take the pics.


Helene, welcome to my space & thank you! I promise I will update my older posts(including the hummus post)when I get a chance/ make it again.


Siri, thanks for visitng!& thank you for the compliment.


Seena, thank you :-)

Priyanka said...

Never tried cauliflower soup....looks pretty tempting TBC, Also loved ur pineapple halwa..will try it out soon.

Namratha said...

Looks so delicious TBC, should give it a try..maybe tonight ;)

Cris said...

This dish looks really delicious, I have made this type of soup before and I think mine were dull, but you added a few spices that really bring up the flavor, love that!

Shankari said...

I guess the nutmeg gives it that distinct flavor , love your photos

Kajal said...

WOW........very nice look of soup with new flavor of cauliflower..............Thanks for sharing.:)

TBC said...

Priyanka, thank you:-)


Namratha, do let me know how you like it.


Cris, yeah, I think the nutmeg really took it to another level:-)

Shankari, thank you:-)
I too think the nutmeg is the star here.
And congrats to you!


Kajal, you are welcome. Hope your mom is better now.

Vcuisine said...

Lovely soup TBC. Thelast photo is really tempting. Viji

TBC said...

Viji, thanks.

bindiya said...

lovely thick soup,will make this tody!

TBC said...

Bindiya, let me know how u like it... do not forget to add the nutmeg powder. That gives it a unique taste:-)

Grihini said...

Hi TBC, delicious looking soup. Would love to try this recipe out.
Is there a substitute for nutmeg powder?

TBC said...

Grihini, thank you:-)

SeeC said...

Hi TBC,

Thanks for checking up on me, even after a long break. I felt really happy. I am held up with project work and trying hard to balance my personal and official life...
Lets see how it goes.

Your soup looks perfect. Nice idea of having it during night.

TBC said...

Seec, good to see that you are alright. I know blogging gets in the way of our lives sometimes & it can get difficult to find a balance . Blog only when you can... no pressure:-)

Grihini said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that, I did try out this soup and it came out delicious. I almost used the same recipe with very mild variations (as in using vegetable stock and carrots)
And yes, a pinch of nutmeg does make a difference.
Thankyou so much for sharing and inspring me to try this recipe out.
:)

Will be posting it in my blog soon.

TBC said...

Grihini, thanks a whole bunch for letting me know.
Carrots will make it nice & sweet & a little more creamier too, not to mention the lovely color.
I am waiting to see your post now!:-)

bird's eye view said...

This sounds yummy - must try it out - and all the food pics on your blog are delicious. I'm still learning...

TBC said...

Bird's eye view - welcome & thanks for stopping by:-)
I tried to check out your blog too but I guess you have not enabled your profile?

ANJALI J. said...

this looks excellent.. so delicious.. nice pic too.

TBC said...

Anjali: thank you for the kind words. :-)

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