food talk
Soupy delight

now don't get us wrong but we have been partial to "liquid diet" that promises to refresh us during the summer season. This is when appetite is chronically sluggish and the loss of water through perspiration dehydrates the body at times in a life-threatening manner. Thought of solid food is unbearable but the ever-parched throat always welcomes a sip or a gulp. This is when soupy delights come to our rescue. Come summer and we love to be literally in the soup!

There is a soup for every season n reason. To ward of the chill in depressing winter there are thick steaming broths, chowders, bisque sand creamy concoctions and for days when the sun is relentlessly scorching chilled varieties are always shimmering in distance like a mirage. Thai, Chinese, Japanese repertoire have a mind boggling variety of soups to nourish the body and soul.

We prefer to follow the middle path- a clear 'ish' large bowl of soup prepared with seasonal vegetables and enriched with a little chicken, prawn or tofu/paneer is enough to revive and revitalise us. Strongly recommended.

A yummy pick-me-up


Vegetable stock ( made at home or prepared with cubes) 5 cups

Tomatoes (blanched in boiling water then peeled) 500 g

Zucchini (washed and sliced thin) 1 small

Celery (chopped) 1 stick

Capsicum (diced) 1

Cucumber (medium sized, cut into cubes) 1

Onions (medium-sized, chopped fine) 2

Garlic (crushed) 2 cloves

Boiled chicken/ tofu 100 g

Salt to taste

freshly ground black peppercorns 1 tsp

A few mint leaves

Oil 1 tbsp


Heat oil in a pan. Add the onions and garlic. Stir fry till onions are translucent then add tomatoes. Mash with a ladle and cook on medium flame for 3-4 minutes. Now put in the zucchini, capsicum and celery. Cook for another minute. Add the stock along with salt and pepper. Bring to boil and then lower the flame to simmer. Put in chicken/tofu/ paneer and continue it simmer for a couple of minutes. Remove from stove and allow to cool. Adjust seasoning and garnish with mint leaves. Enjoy as a light meal at room temperature or cold- chilled a little.