Soups are very much popular in both India and China. There are a variety of these soups available in Indo-Chinese restaurant menus. There are many types which may look thick and creamy while the others look clear and thin.
Lemon – Coriander is one of the simplest and delicious soups found all over the world. It is a clear consistent soup or you can say a broth which can be sipped while hot not killing your appetite. You can skip adding vegetable stock to your soup but adding it can make a big difference to the taste.
The main ingredients of this soup are coriander and lemon which you are however going to use but when coming to vegetable stock, there are a wide range to choose from. I’m not adding chilli sauce or soy sauce to keep it simple and traditional way of soup. However you are free to use any of these extras to add some taste.
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
½ cup chopped cabbage
½ cup chopped carrot
3 cups vegetable stock
2 tsp cornflour or gram flour
2 tsp oil
2 tsp chopped garlic
2 tsp chopped green chillies
¼ cup chopped onions
Salt as per taste
Pepper as per taste
Chilli sauce or soy sauce (optional)
1 tbsp Vinegar (optional)
Wash coriander leaves and vegetables well. Chop the coriander leaves and the veggies finely.
Take a pan and heat 2 tbsp of oil in it. I chose olive oil for it. Add chopped chillies, onions, garlic and ginger to this, and sauté till they look golden brown.
I used cabbage and carrots in this recipe for vegetable stock. You can choose any vegetable of choice. Add these chopped veggies to the pan.
Add four cups of water to this and let it boil for about 15 minutes.
Now that it is boiled, switch the flame off and strain the water. Remove the vegetables and your vegetable stock is ready.
Now take a pan and add this stock to it. Add corn flour or gram flour dissolved in 1 cup of water and mix for some more time.
Add few chopped vegetables to it to make your soup interesting or just skip it because your stock already consist of it. Put it over low flame for 5 minutes.
Add some vinegar if you want. Add some chilli sauce or soy sauce as per your taste which is optional. I’ve skipped adding them in order to make it simple and the traditional way.
Add some salt and pepper for taste and turn off the stove.
Take the soup into a bowl, squeeze some lemon juice into it and garnish with few coriander leaves. Enjoy the soup with your family.