Thursday, December 9, 2010

Salmon and Bean Soup

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With every year that passes by, life becomes all the more busier with more responsibilities and chores. Its so easy to get caught up in the routine - career,job,home,kids. We often leave behind the things we loved to do. So imagine my surprise when some of my friends teamed up to do a marathi entertainment program. I had more than respect for them - it was deep admiration too. How in the world could you have time , I said. But I agree, amongst all the things life throws at us we need some time for some own therapeutic activity. It may be just a few minutes a day , once a week or so. The challenge is in doing what you love without the guilt.

By now you must have guessed that blogging and cooking are curing for me too !! So lets get to the important issue at hand - Food. 
This winter I have made a secret resolution to cook soup at least once a week. Why once a week ? Because that way I am forced to find at least one good soup recipe. If the recipes are blog-worthy you will surely see them here.

The first soup that I had bookmarked since ages is this Salmon and Beans Soup. This soup is a good combination of all the good things that one needs. Protein from the beans , heart healthy omega3 acids and whole lot of flavor making it all delectable.

Salmon and Beans Soup
(Inspired from this recipe)

4 pieces of salmon ( I used frozen ones, 2 per person )
1 C cooked mixed beans ( I used the them from the 16 bean soup mix )
1 onion sliced
1tsp turmeric powder
2tsp chilli powder
2tsp coriander powder
1tsp cumin (coarsely crushed)
2-3 bay leaves
4C vegetable stock ( or chicken stock )
1C of water
salt to taste
olive oil as needed
1-2 black cardamom( optional )
2 crushed red chillies
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

  • Cook the beans with a tsp of salt in the pressure cooker. The beans should not mushy and preferrably retain their shape.
  • In large pot heat the olive oil add the cardamom,onion and the ginger-garlic paste. Cook till the onion  becomes soft.
  • Then add the spices - turmeric,coriander powder,cumin, chilli powder. 
  • Then add the stock and the water.Add the bay leaves and adjust the salt.
  • Slide in the salmon pieces and let the whole thing come to a boil. 
  • Check to see if the salmon has cooked and is fork tender.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with some crusty bread.

Both of us loved this soup specially after coming back from the cold winter evening. The crushed red chillies, cumin and the coriander adding a slight heat that instantly warms you up. 

 Have great weekend ahead !!

1 comment:

Priya said...

Slurp, feel like finishing the whole bowl.