Friday, January 7, 2011

soup dinners : sweet n sour mixed vegetable clear soup with tofu

The magic of sweet n sour in a bowl of colorful soup. This one is not as quick as the previous ones as some time for chopping the vegetables is required but I don't mind handling these colorful ingredients, these are always a pleasure to work with ....


If you enjoy cooking food for your family as much as I do this soup will be a crowd pleaser I must tell you. So the chopping bit can be done smilingly even if you are scared of the knives and the board .... for me it is an indulgence ...anyone who is a foodie loves cooking generally but it can be therapeutic and please take notice if you are reading this just as an academic interest..

 See the colorful ingredients and save me from listing them here .....the bok choy, the bases slit lengthwise and the leaves chopped , beans and baby corns cut in a slanted manner , spring onions ...white parts slit and leaves chopped , mushrooms and carrots chopped in slices , tofu cubed and lots of garlic , ginger and green chillies very finely chopped .... Some soy sauce , tomato ketchup , pineapple juice and pine apple cubes will be used later in the process....


To proceed cooking , heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a pan and shallow fry the tofu cubes till pinkish brown and drain them . Flash fry all the vegetables in the same pan , adding the leafy green parts later while frying . The vegetables are fried just for a minute so they do not loose their color and crunch . Keep all these into a separate plate ....


Now add the chopped ginger garlic and green chillies in the same pan which is still greased after the previous frying ....keep the flame very low this time and stir fry the ginger-garlic-chilly till they are all fragrant , add a splash of soy sauce ( as much as you like ) and a tsp or two of white vinegar . Mix and add some tomato ketchup ( I add about 1/4 of a cup but it should be to taste and use fresh tomato puree if minding your sugars ) ...add a cup of pineapple juice and some cubed pineapple pieces too . Add enough water for the soup and let it come to a quick boil .


Add the stir fried vegetables and tofu and adjust seasonings .  There should a nice balance of sweet and sour and a bit of heat comfortable for your palate................ 


Serve immediately as you would like it hot . Tofu soaks the flavors like a sponge . You can see a similar recipe here which can be made into a soup if needed that way...



Every vegetable retains it's own character in this soup and the soup part is just so awesomely flavorful...

A complete meal as it has enough tofu to keep you full . Hard boiled egg cut into halves is also a nice addition if you are too hungry ...........


My smiley bowl wishes you again for a happy and healthy eating in the coming year.....

22 comments:

  1. Hey,

    Yummy bowl of soup...:)Check out the soup recipes event in my blog...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  2. a nice way to run from the winters... great show..

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  3. Hi Sangeeta,
    This recipe looks v good and i will try it out tomorrow (after grocery shopping)
    Thanks for all the great soup recipes!

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  4. yummmmmm........... kahan hain? lots of love.. :)

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  5. Dear sangeeta
    How are you? Very nice soup. As soon as the doc gives permission to eat vegetables, I will make it.
    Have a nice week

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  6. lots of soup varieties.. this one look really good.

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  7. This looks really interesting!It surely has a lot of ingredients involving a bit of chopping but the cooking process seems quick enough

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  8. beautiful beautiful soups Sangeeta. I sometime make sweet n sour soup but this looks delicious. loved the tomato-pumpkin soup idea.

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  9. Hi Sangeeta,
    Nice collection of soups....& I loveto chop all the veggies(my fav part of cooking) this sweet & sour soup is always hit at my place too.....mine recipe almost same except the pineapple part...like the rest of the soups too....& btw me too like pumpkin with fennel seeds(subzi kind) never turned it into soup...

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  10. Everything looks so good on it's own that I might just forgo the broth :)

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  11. hmmmmmmmm good.... bouthe he aacha laga aapka post dear
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  12. Nothing like a bowl of soup in winters.

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  13. Nice soup recipe to warm up in winters!

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  14. Thank you for stopping by Sangeeta. We had not logged in for a long time - so we missed your comment. Now we are back!

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  15. Nice comfort food (yet still healthy). Love it!

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  16. Oh wow, this looks fabulous!! Love ur blog.

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  17. yummmyyyyy and so healthy toooooooooo :)

    Bikram's

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  18. oh... i loved ur blog. The reason that i exist is- eating!!
    seems like u really like cooking... lucky ur family and friends :P

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  19. Just the recipe for the weather. I intend to try it.

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