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Recipes: 10 hearty winter soups

January 12, 2016 15:51 IST

Beat the winter chill with these soups!

Bubbling, rich and bursting with flavours, made from varied ingredients, aromatic soups are undoubtedly the most comforting aspect of winter.

There are plenty of options when it comes to winter soups -- you can opt for a bowl of hearty creamy soup, clear soup or one with meat, sea food or veggies.

But one must include seasonal vegetables, herbs and spices to the soup, as these ingredients nourish the body, giving it the requisite warmth and immunity for the season.

Add to this a crusty bread slice or some pasta and it makes for a complete meal.

Paya soup on a chilly winter night is great, as meat stock gives heat to the body, but who wants to stick to routine soups?

Mini Ribeiro picks her ten personal favourites across India.

1. Creamed Walnut and Coconut Soup, Chili Dark Chocolate Mousse

Creamed walnut and coconut soup

Photograph: Courtesy Taj Coromandel, Chennai

Mini's take: "It is only in winter that one can indulge in guiltless pleasure and gorge on foods high in calories. For me, nuts are a must inclusion. I love them abundantly in my diet and this soup at Taj Coromandel, Chennai, is perfect, as Chef Atish has used walnuts, in a versatile manner. Add to that, the twist given by the dark chocolate mousse. Even though served cold, the nutty, sweet and spicy flavours of this soup, naturally put a smile on my face. It is one of the most unique soups I have tasted."

Recipe by Atish Ramachandran, Executive Sous Chef, Taj Coromandel, Chennai



2. Horse Gram and Winter Vegetable Soup

horse gram and winter vegetable soup

Photograph: Courtesy Courtyard by Marriott, Pune, Chakan

Mini's take: "There is nothing like a soup made with fresh, seasonal produce. And this winter soup at Courtyard by Marriott, Pune, Chakan, with horse gram and winter veggies, is all that and more. Taste plus health, quite literally. No wonder it figures, high on my list."

Recipe by Girish Kumar TV, Director F&B, Courtyard by Marriott, Pune, Chakan



3. Butternut Pumpkin Soup

pumpkin soup'

*Photograph: Courtesy Jules/Creative Commons

Mini's take: "This off-the-beaten-track soup at Hyatt Regency Kolkata is a winner all the way with seasonal ingredients. What elevates the flavour quotient here is the unique manner in which a bit of parmesan and mascarpone have been whisked in, just before serving. That cheesy flavour, teases the taste buds and the creamy texture of the butternut pumpkin, blends in smoothly. No one can complain that this soup is vegetarian!"

Recipe by Executive Chef Vikram Ganpule, Hyatt Regency Kolkata






4. Thukpa


Photograph: Courtesy Chef Saransh Goila

"I subscribe to Chef Saransh Goila’s suggestion of making soups more appetising by adding fresh herbs. I enjoy aromatic soups any day. 'Try pairing star anise and cinnamon with winter ingredients, it adds a nice touch of spice to the soup,' he recently told me. And then I tasted the Thukpa made by him and succumbed. There can be nothing more filling and enjoyable than this soup in winter."

Recipe by Chef Saransh Goila


For the hand-rolled noodles (paape)


The next step is to make the Thukpa in a single pot.

5. Shan Tofu Soup

Tofu soup

Photograph: Courtesy 38 Bangkok Street, Mumbai

Mini's take: "Soups with noodles or vermicelli are my weakness and when these are part of a flavourful broth, even more so. This soup from the Shan areas of Burma and northern Thailand fits the bill. It is warming, and with the inclusion of rice vermicelli noodles there is an added texture and bulk, which is perfect for the winter season. No one makes it better than 38, Bangkok Street, Mumbai."

Recipe by Chef Birendra Singh, 38 Bangkok Street, Mumbai


Optional toppings and condiments


6. Bier Suppe (Beer Soup)

beer soup

*Photograph: Courtesy Tatiana Mik/Creative Commons

Mini's take: "This soup at The Deltin Daman struck me as one which achieves the right balance between taste and nutrition. A popular German soup, this one is innovation at its best and exudes the much needed warmth and flavour in winter."

Recipe by Executive Chef Mayur Ramachandran, The Deltin Daman



7. Pepper Rasam

Pepper Rasam

Photograph: Courtesy Le Meridien, Kochi

Mini's take: "The spice in this Pepper Rasam at Le Meridien Kochi helps in digestion and soothes your senses and therefore is a perfect soup for winter. This apart, I love this hot desi soup for its tangy and spicy flavours. It actually clears my throat.”

Recipe by Ajay Khanna, Executive Sous Chef, Le Meridien, Kochi



8. Tom Yam Soup

Tom Yam

Photograph: Courtesy Hyatt Regency, Delhi

Mini's take: "Who can ever resist a spicy Tom Yam soup on a cold winter night? I can never tire of this delectable Thai soup. One can add veggies, sea food or chicken to this. I enjoy mine with prawns the most. Chef Rohilla does a neat one at Hyatt Regency Delhi, well-balanced, spicy and appetising."

Recipe by Chef Amit Kumar Rohilla, Hyatt Regency, Delhi



9. Root Vegetable Soup

root vegetable soup

*Photograph: Courtesy stu_spivack/Creative Commons

Mini's take: "This soup is a medley of root vegetables. Crunchy, flavourful and nourishing. A bowl of this can be the perfect meal in winter. Chef Balvinder recommends roasting the veggies in an oven and that imparts a unique flavour and aroma, which enhances the appeal of this soup."

Recipe by Chef Balvinder Lubana, Executive Sous Chef, Four Points by Sheraton, Ahmedabad



10. Orange and Carrot soup

orange and carrot soup

Photograph: Courtesy Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu, Mumbai

Mini's take: "Last but not the least is this light and healthy soup. It is sweet and tangy with a unique combination of carrots and oranges that tingles my taste buds and I relish it immensely. Extremely light, it is a comforting soup nevertheless."

Recipe by Chef Manish Natwarlal Surati, Jeon, Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu, Mumbai



*Images used for representational purpose only.

Mini Ribeiro