Thursday, August 13, 2009

Carrot Tomato & Celery Soup | Vegan

Know what you eat: 

Carrots are by far one of the richest source of carotenoids-just one cup provides 16,679 IUs of beta-carotene and 3,432 REs (retinol equivalents), or roughly 686.3% the RDA for vitamin A. High carotenoid intake has been linked with a 20% decrease in postmenopausal breast cancer and an up to 50% decrease in the incidence of cancers of the bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, larynx, and esophagus. If you or someone you love is a smoker, or if you are frequently exposed to secondhand smoke, then making vitamin A-rich foods, such as carrots, part of your healthy way of eating may save your life, suggests research conducted at Kansas State University.

 Tomatoes: Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of molybdenum, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, chromium, and vitamin B1. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, folate, copper, niacin, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin E and protein.

Celery: Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. It contains active compounds called phthalides, which can help relax the muscles around arteries and allow those vessels to dilate. With more space inside the arteries, the blood can flow at a lower pressure. phthalides also reduce stress hormones, one of whose effects is to cause blood vessels to constrict.

Ingredients:
8 medium size Tomatoes, Chopped
3-4 Medium size Carrots, Chopped
1 C Celery, Chopped
3/4 C Coconut Milk (Regular milk is fine in non vegan version)
1 Tbsp Fresh Basil, Chopped
Black pepper & Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Ghee (Clarified Butter)
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
A pinch of Asafoetida
Some Water to dilute as needed.

Method:
1. Wash, Chop & Pressure cook /boil all the veggies upto 4 whistles.
2. Let it cool, blend all the boiled veggies using a hand blender until smooth.
3. Pass it through a strainer, if having a soup with some pulp its good for you.
4. Heat Ghee / butter, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, & chopped basil.
5. Pour-in the blended veggies with some water & bring it to boil.
6. Add 3/4th cup of coconut milk, as it will add good taste, aroma & texture to it.
7. Add salt & black pepper according to taste. Serve it as is...or with bread sticks & your favorite salad to make a healthy meal.

47 comments:

Mangala Bhat said...

ahh! what a soup ..very colorful and healthy ..Thanks for sharing dear!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks tempting and makes me feel hungry :)

shanthi said...

delicious soup.

Angie's Recipes said...

A mouthwatering soup!
Angie's Recipes

Parita said...

Ah love the coconut milk in the soup, perfect healthy soup :)

Jyoti said...

Looks tempting and so healthy. Loved the picture.

Ashwini said...

perfect click..yummy soup

Preety said...

healthy and nice color too..love the presentation

munchcrunchandsuch said...

I am not seeing the sun here for the last couple of days and this soup comes my way at the right time. looks creamy.

Lisa said...

Sounds perfect. I do so enjoy soups with coconut milk!

Vidya said...

Mmmmm lovely lovely soup. So yummy and healthy.
Awesome picture!

Padma said...

Tempting soup... looks too good :)

Priya said...

Eye catching, delicious soup..looks great!!

Nags said...

adding celery must give it a nice flavour :)

mandira said...

soup looks good.. i like the indian twist u hv given with hing,ghee and coconut milk.great idea.

Nandini said...

Slurp! Coconut milk in soup mmmmm...Yummy! Nice colour and healthy ...keep rocking.:D

Purva Desai said...

This is one healthy looking and soothing soup...with a dash of cream of top....

Lets celebrate Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi by participating in Festive food Events....For more details kindly follow the below mentioned link

http://purvasdaawat.blogspot.com/2009/08/announcing-krishna-and-ganesh-chaturthi.html

Sush said...

I'm all drooling..., very nice & healthy soup

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Same pinch! i too have posted a tomato soup recipe. Yours looks so creamy and delicious. Very well presented and nice pics.

Divya Vikram said...

I love carrot soups. I make them with bell peppers.Looks colorful!

Stephanie said...

I make a carrot soup with potatoes and onions, this one sounds very good, with the tomatoes and coconut milk...I will be making this for the family, for sure!!
Peace, Stephanie

*sangi* said...

colorful click!
nice combo..looks creamy&rich!

sangeeta said...

great with celery, CM and basil...i would like it without blending n straining......with that indian tadka it's a fusion soup...just the way i like my flavors.

Sala @ Veggie Belly said...

this is kinda like a minestrone but with coconut milk!

prasukitchen.blogspot.com said...

Yummy Soup dear!!

Varunavi said...

Looks so cream and delicious

srikars kitchen said...

yummy & healthy & colourful soup.. nice click..

MamaFaMi said...

Yummy yummy!

Divya Kudua said...

Soup looks creamy and delicious..:)

iRaw said...

This looks and sounds awesome good. Perfect for autumn...will save and definitely try!

Minu said...

hello
loved your entry to Divya's event.
we love soups and will definitely try this one.
passing on the Kreativ Blogger award to you.
pl pick it up from my blog.

Vidhya said...

colorful delicious soup.. First time here. You have a nice collection of recipes. Visit mine if you get a chance http://iyercooks.blogspot.com

*sangii* said...

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prasukitchen.blogspot.com said...

pls stop by at my blog to collect ur award dear

Pavithra said...

Wow thats looking sooooooooooooooooooooooooo goood really wish to have that bowl now..

sangeeta said...

hi sadhna n muskaan..
amrita dry stem may be available there and giloy satva , which is a water soluble extract of the herb can also be found.....if you have any outlets of the Divya yog pharmacy run by the patanjali yogpeeth, you can get the juices and the powders there...i dunno if this can be shipped to the US , if it is possible , a mature stem of 2-3 feet length can stay alive for about a month n can regenerate when planted.....

Shri said...

An award is waiting for you in my blog!

Priya said...

Pls collect the awards from my blog..

Lone Acorn said...

Wow such a healthy soup. I love soups before dinners so that I may eat less in dinner meals :)

Ammu said...

Lovely dish. There is something waiting for u in my blog. Plz collect it dear.

chakhlere said...

wow!! That is yummyyyyyyyyy bowl!! I am big soup freak!! slurrrrrrrrrrrrppppppp.

Priti said...

Where r u gals? Disappear? Hope all well with both of U...and I don't see my previous comment on this post :(

Nithya said...

Wowwwwwww this looks absolutely yummy.. :) Amazing click too.

I am not sure if I was here before but sure to be back often :)

lata raja said...

I'm making this tonight dear ladies wow!!

Sireesha said...

Happy ganesh chaturthi to you & your family dear :)
Soup looks Divine....
Soup 'N Juice Event is going on in my blog.Please do participate in it.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks everyone for taking time and commenting.

Priti, We are here although a bit slow, as are tied up with other things and also enjoying festivity. Its the month of "Paryushana Maha Parva", where Jains have mass prayers, pooja's and fasting for 8 continuous days..

Joanne said...

Perfect soup for the beginning of fall.

 
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