Thursday, March 19, 2009

Butternut Squash Soup

Since I'm on a diet, I wanted a simple to make, hearty, low-fat vegetable soup for lunch or dinner. The idea was to use butternut squash as base. Butternut squash is sweet by itself (I'd say it tastes the same but is a bit sweeter than the pumpkin) and the recipe I wanted to make had honey added into it. Knowing I wouldn't be able to tolerate a sweetish soup I decided to add some vegetables and a dash of my favorite instant kicker-upper, a habanero chilli. The half a habanero is quite enough to spice up the soup, if you want a kick you could add more though I cant say I will be responsible for the effects. My principle with the habanero is to err on the side of caution. Coming back to the soup, I made a huge batch to freeze, I would say this would generate about 7-8 or more servings. The soup was really tasty -a tad sweetish, more savoury- I'm sure I'll be making this recipe again.

Butternut Squash Soup

4 lb butternut squash, chopped into 1" cubes
5 stalks celery , chopped into 1" pieces
1 big leek, slice the light-green and white parts
half small head napa cabbage, chopped
5-6 pieces garlic, minced
half a habanero chilli, minced
2 tbsp curry powder
1 and a half tsp cumin powder
pinch nutmeg
salt and black pepper to taste
32 oz vegetable broth

Heat some oil in a large pot. Add the garlic and leeks and fry till they become soft.

Add the rest of the vegetables + spice powders + broth. If the vegetables aren't covered with the broth, add water until they are covered.

Let boil, then simmer for 15-20 mins until the squash becomes soft. Add salt and about half a tsp of black pepper, adjust to taste. Puree to a smooth paste.

Serve hot w. a dollop of non-fat yogurt/sour cream/croutons/chopped cilantro/chopped parsley.


Bouncing-Bubble said...

was very lazy to look out for any recipe with butternut squash. I've done soup using leeks.
with this butternut squash my mom has prepared "koottu". (hope u know whats koottu)

Smita said...

Though this looks simple but I don't think I'll try this hehehe

Not fond of soups!!!!

BTW I made Bubs ke Ragi dosa, it came out well and is very tasty :)

avdi said...

anybody have a killer recipe for chicken soup? My coz used to make some amazing ones, and I am tired of using the glutaneous Knorr.

couchpapaya said...

bubbles - oh i love kootu, havnt made one for ages, but the squash is a great idea. will try with it next time .... thx! and i love leek soup too !

smita - i still havnt found the atta :( soups i only remember when i'm too lazy to make anything ... which is most of the time :(

avdi - never tried making it because i dont like the smell. love eating it tho, kya problem hain! i'll ask arnd for a recipe ....