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Health in a cup: 5 soups that are perfect for winter

By Mini Ribeiro
December 03, 2016 10:00 IST
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Slurp on to these delicious soups to stay warm this winter.

The ultimate comfort food in this season is undoubtedly a steaming bowl of soup bursting with flavours.

Spicy, replete with ingredients like ginger, turmeric, pepper, vegetables, that boost our immunity and perk up our taste buds, it could be a clear broth or a thick soup.

Five chefs from hotels across India share their recommendations and recipes with Mini Ribeiro.

Take a look.

Curried Cauliflower and Apple Soup Sphere

IMAGE: Curried Cauliflower and Apple Soup Sphere by executive chef Vikram Ganpule, Hyatt Regency Chennai


  • 500 gm cauliflower florets
  • 50 gm butter
  • 50 gm celery
  • 50 gm onion
  • 50 gm leek
  • 35 gm garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • 20 gm apple
  • 200 gm fresh cream
  • 100 gm curry powder
  • 20 gm thyme
  • 50 gm carrot


  • Thoroughly wash and roughly cut the celery, leeks, carrot, onion and garlic.
  • Make a vegetable stock of the above ingredients and keep it aside.
  • Rough cut the cauliflower; peel the apple and cut in to slices.
  • Sauté with butter, add curry powder and add the vegetable stock.
  • Gently boil for some time.
  • After 30 minutes, strain the mixture from liquid and blend it well.
  • Mix with excess liquid and boil for few minutes. Adjust the seasoning.
  • Finally add cream and finish it. Serve hot.

Carrot and Orange Soup

IMAGE: Carrot and Orange Soup by Executive Chef, Vikram Gakkan, Courtyard by Marriott, Pune, Hinjewadi


  • 1 kg carrots thinly sliced
  • 200 gm onions finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 10 gm fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 medium sized oranges
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Take a large saucepan and heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onions, sliced carrots, ginger and garlic.
  • Cook them together, stirring occasionally until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile grate the orange to yield 2tsp of orange zest and remove 1/2 cup of orange juice.
  • Add the vegetable stock, orange zest and bay leaf to the vegetables.
  • Bring everything to boil and reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked, puree it in batches in a food processor or a blender until smooth.
  • Return the pureed soup to saucepan. Stir in the orange juice and season it well.
  • Allow it to cook for few minutes on a medium heat.
  • Serve hot.

Cellophane Noodle Soup

IMAGE: Cellophane Noodle Soup by executive chef, Kshitiz Shekhar, Hotel Marine Plaza Mumbai


  • 10 gm shiitake mushrooms
  • 5 gm lily bud, dried
  • 25 gm cucumbers
  • 5 gm garlic
  • 20 gm white cabbage
  • 300 gm water
  • 30 gm noodles, cellophane 'glass'
  • 5 ml soya sauce
  • 5 gm brown sugar
  • 20 gm tofu
  • 2 gm fresh coriander leaves


  • Soak the shiitake mushrooms in warm water for 30 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, soak the dried lily buds same way.
  • Place cucumber, garlic and cabbage in a food processor and blend to a smooth paste; transfer into a large pot and add water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about two minutes.
  • Strain through a fine muslin and sieve into another pot.
  • Return to heat and leave to simmer.
  • Drain the lily buds, rinse under cold running water and cut off the hard ends.
  • Add to the stock together with the noodles, soy sauce and sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes
  • Strain the mushroom liquid into the soup; discard the stems and slice the caps.
  • Divide the sliced mushrooms and tofu equally in pre-warmed soup cups and pour over with the soup.
  • Garnish with a few coriander leaves and serve.

Tom Yum Thalay

IMAGE: Tom Yum Thalay by chef Veena Arora, Chef De Cuisine The Spice Route, The Imperial New Delhi


  • 30 gm squid
  • 30 gm sole fillet
  • 60 gm prawns
  • 30 gm lemon grass
  • 15 gm kaffir lime leaves
  • 30 gm galangal
  • 1/2 stock cube
  • 10 ml lemon juice
  • 3 gm chilli
  • 8 gm Tom Yum paste
  • 10 gm coriander
  • 5 ml fish sauce


  • Pour water into the pot.
  • Add the cube then the herbs and the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  • Bring it to a boil and serve hot.

Minestrone Alla Genovese


Recipe by Executive Chef, Suresh Thampy, Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway


  • 200 gm barley
  • 8 gm onions
  • 80 gm carrots
  • 100 gm green zucchini
  • 5 gm parsley
  • 5 gm fresh basil
  • 330 gm potatoes
  • 3 gm salt
  • 2 gm ground pepper
  • 700 ml water
  • 3 gm garlic
  • 60 gm celery
  • 350 gm tomatoes
  • 200 gm beans (Borlotti)
  • 250 gm pumpkin
  • 60 gm extra virgin olive Oil
  • 150 gmn leeks
  • 400 gm cauliflower
  • 200 gm peas
  • A pinch of nutmeg and rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Soak the barley for 12 hours. Cook for 30 minutes with a pinch of salt and tbsp of olive oil.
  • Wash all the vegetables, and make sure to peel the carrot and the potatoes.
  • Cut all the vegetables into small cubes of 1x2 cm and soak them in cold water.
  • Chop an onion and cook it in a hot pan with a drop of extra virgin olive oil.
  • After a minute add the celery, carrots and potato. Stir for a minute.
  • Add all the other vegetables and add some water.
  • Blanch the tomatoes in hot water for a minute. Transfer it to a container with ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Remove the skin and cut it in two parts and remove the seeds.
  • Add the peeled tomato to the soup. Add grated nutmeg, rosemary, bay leaves and salt.
  • Slow cook the soup for around 30 minutes.
  • Take 1/4 of soup and grind the same in a kitchen blender. Add the remainder of the soup as well.
  • Chop some fresh basil and parsley and add to the soup.
  • Before serving, add in the cooked barley and serve hot with some extra virgin olive oil.
  • You can also finish the soup with some grated parmesan cheese and some toasted bread. (Optional)

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