Thursday, December 2, 2010

soup dinners ... cabbage and peas soup

Temperatures are spiraling down earlier than usual in Delhi and it has been a month since we have resorted to soups dinners . Another reason is 'heavier than usual evening snacking' and watching TV more than usual in the late evenings . Soups suit best for such occasions for us . What would you do if you have been gorging on peanut chikkis and fruit cakes during the day ??

There will be many soups on this space in the coming days , all healthy vegetable soups and all of them shot in artificial light , i apologize in advance for the darker than usual pictures here , especially of the soups . There is a valid reason for that :) 

I wanted a creamy cabbage soup with the sweetness of the fresh peas in season , a soup to be eaten actually ... bits of cabbage and celery and whole peas cooked to perfection...


cabbage 1/4 of one medium sized head
celery two sticks
fresh green peas 1.5 cup ( tender fresh green peas will be better )
rolled oats 1 tbsp
one small onion
green chillies 2 nos.
cumin powder 1 tsp
salt n pepper to taste
sugar 1 tsp
ghee ( or any oil of your choice ) 1 tsp
white butter or cream 2 tsp


Chop the cabbage , celery and onions finely . I chopped the onions , green chillies and celery sticks together in my chopper attachment of hand blender .... then the cabbage was chopped the same way . Celery leaves are chopped separately and kept aside.

Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan . Throw in the chopped onion , celery and green chilly mix . Stir fry on very low flame as there is less oil and it may stick to the pan .

Add the green peas , cumin powder , salt n pepper and the sugar ... stir fry for a while , add the celery leaves ( keeping a few for garnish if you wish ) and cook covered till the peas are cooked . Add a spoonful or two of water if needed ... i did not need as the peas were fresh and tender.

Add the chopped cabbage , stir fry for a while till the cabbage collapses a bit . Add water or stock ( i added water ) , add the oats and let it come to a gentle boil .

Pour into soup bowls and serve right away , topped with some fresh cream or white butter . I used homemade white butter and it was awesome .

The cabbage becomes soft and mushy and still retains the freshness as it is not cooked too much . The peas are sweet and tender and make a nice mouthful together . This is one of the few soups both of us love to have apart from the tomato based and sweet corn n basil soups .....

See how yummy it is in every spoonful....You could blend the soup smooth if you like creamy kinda soups. I am always for the chunkier soups...this is perfect for me.

Cheers to the warmth of winter nights.....



  2. Looks awesome.. great one from you as always..

  3. Dear Sangeeta
    Very nice soup and very new for me. I am off most of the vegetables , so will take some time before I make it.
    Have a nice day.

  4. so healthy and yummy... u have a wonderful blog...
    Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog and ur encouragement :)

  5. Great soup, perfect for brrrr evenings.

  6. Made this for dinner!! Very Filling, loved the kick of pepper!!! :)

    1. Glad you liked it Priya. And thanks for the feedback, it always warms me up :-)