We are being brutally plunked with snow storms one after the other here in Colorado this winter. The sharp cold winds, impossible to clear driveways and icy roads have done a good job of keeping us indoors most of the time this holiday season. So, what do you do on such awful cold winter days? My top pick – turn to piping hot food for comfort! The healthy winner from the long list of comfort foods – a hot bowl of soup!
Soups are one of my favorite things to cook, serve and eat. They can pack in some super nutrition, delightful taste and the much needed comfort, giving anyone an almost instant gratification with just a whiff! Though my personal favorite is the classic spicy tomato soup made the Indian way (a post about that to follow soon), I enjoy just about any kind of soup, but I sure am not a big fan of some of those heavy cheesy greasy soups.
Here is one such recipe that I would grandly list in the “Simplicity at its best” category; very few simple ingredients, easy to make and delightful to the palate. Try it and you’ll know what I mean!
- 1 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
- 1 small onion, diced (preferably white or yellow)
- 1 small potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tsp oil
- 2 tbsp yogurt, whipped (for garnish)
- 2-3 cups Water, or as required
- 1 tsp sugar
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- If using frozen peas, thaw out well
- Heat oil in a pot, add the bay leaf and diced onions
- Sauté until the onions turn a little soft. Add the cubed potatoes, green peas and about a cup & half of water. Season with salt and bring it to a boil and cook until the potatoes & peas are fork tender
- Turn off the heat and let it cool
- Discard the bay leaf, transfer the cooked peas to a blender and puree until smooth (you can also use a hand blender)
- Return the puree to the pot, turn on the heat and adjust the seasonings and water to the consistency you want. It’s best neither watery nor thick; just soup-y!
- Add sugar, freshly ground black pepper and bring the soup to a gentle boil
- Take off the heat, ladle into bowls and garnish with whipped yogurt. Enjoy!