Now the soup I am supposed to be writing about! It is a fairly simple recipe. I generally snip the flowery heads of the asparagus and cut them into 1 inch long pieces. Before I move on to the recipe, a few snippets about asparagus. The shoots are said to make your sweat and urine smell funny the next day. For that matter even a cup of coffee does that. Asparagus is known for its varied medicinal properties and its nutritive value. It is a great way to bring in folic acid, potassium, dietary fiber, and rutin into your diet. It is also one fo the oldest known vegetables native to Europe, North Africa and west Asia.
List of ingredients and the recipe: (serves two)
10-12 Asparagus shoots
10 raw almonds
Salt (to taste)
Kuzhambu powder (I love it in everything)- 1tsp
haldi - a pinch
Bay leaf - 1 tiny one
coriander powder, cumin powder - 1tsp each (if not using kuzhambu powder)
Ginger (amount - personal choice)
pepper - pinch
- Pre soak the almonds (an hour should be ok)
- Cut the asparagus shoots (1 inch long minus the head and the tough end if you re a picky eater - I use the entire asparagus minus the head)
- Dont forget to wash the veggies
- Add a pinch of salt to the asparagus and pressure cook until soft
- Let it cool and puree it in a blender
- Puree the soaked almonds separately
- saute garlic in 1/2 tsp olive oil add the bay leaf
- add the asparagus puree and then the remaining salt, and the choice of spices mentioned above.
- Let it boil for a two-three minutes
- Add the almond puree and simmer it for a few more minutes until the contents loose their raw smell (roughly five minutes)
- Garnish with coriander and Serve with one microwaved lijjat papad...
- sprinkle in a hint of crushed pepper for that "soup" twist
Enjoy maadi! Before I bid adios...here is my bowl of soup....droooooooolllll!