Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Spinach and Potato soup with Roasted Oats

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Hi Friends! First of all many thanks for all the wishes that were sent to me on my birthday, I am truly blessed with so many cheerful people around me in the blogosphere.Thumbs-up I had a great day with S and kids.
This is a very simple soup with the creaminess of potatoes and health benefits of Spinach and Oats. As we know spinach is considered very healthy. Spinach contains an impressive range of active substances which are indispensable to the body.The magnesium contained in spinach helps prevent diabetes; iodine helps treat skin diseases and strengthens the immune system; vitamin K contributes to bone resistance; vitamin B improves cerebral activity, helps in maintaining the firmness of the skin and controls insomnia; potassium stimulates the cardiac muscle; beta-carotene prevents sight problems and sulfur increases hair attractiveness. Alimentary fibers, vitamins and minerals contained make spinach a good depurative and detoxifier. The toxins originating in nourishments that are rich in fat and proteins of animal origin are thus eliminated quickly. At the same time, alimentary fibers prevent constipation and colon cancer. They interact with the absorption of fat and adjust the level of cholesterol in the body. Moreover, spinach can help eliminate intestinal parasites.(source-www.liveand life.com)
The potatoes makes a nice thickening agent and adds to the creamy texture of the soup. The potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates.They are nutrient-dense, meaning you receive many nutrients for the amount of calories they have. The fiber half soluble, half insoluble, so it helps to keep you regular and helps to lower cholesterol. And slowing down digestion helps to keep you full longer. Phytochemicals in potatoes include flavanoids and a recently identified compound called kukoamine that appears to help lower blood pressure. (source-www.howstuffworks.com)
Oatmeal and oat bran are significant sources of dietary fiber. This fiber contains a mixture of about half soluble and half insoluble fibers. One component of the soluble fiber found in oats is beta-glucans, a soluble fiber which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol.
After reading the health benefits of the Spinach, oats and potatoes one can surely say this soup is loaded with good health. Lets read how it’s made..
Ingredients
One onion chopped
2 potatoes peeled and chopped/cubed
25 spinach leaves
1 tbsp pepper corn
7-8 cloves
4 green cardamoms
2 tsp clarified butter/butter
1 tbsp roasted cumin powder
roasted rolled Oats a handful
salt to taste
Method
In a pan heat clarified butter and add cardamoms, peppercorns and cloves. Once they crackle add the onions and saute.
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Add the potatoes, some water and bring to a boil, cover and cook till tender.
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Then add the spinach leaves and salt to taste, cook for a minute.
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Cool and grind to a paste.
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Take the spinach-potato paste in a pan and add water to bring to a soup like consistency and put it on flame. Bring it to a boil and add roasted cumin powder. Taste the soup to check for salt and other spices.
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Boil for a few minutes, meanwhile roast the rolled oats till nicely crunchy and crisp.
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Remove the soup in bowl and put a tablespoon of rolled oats just before serving. Serve along with herbed garlic toasts.

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Sending this to Sara’s oats feast.
OATS FEAST EVENT ENDS 10TH DEC
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45 comments:

Sanjana said...

Hey Pari, hope you have a wonderful birthday. The spinach soup looks delicious- Spinach is my favourite so I have no problem with spinach overload in a soup. Great job!

Angie's Recipes said...

I like spinach too! The soup looks very yummy!

Anncoo said...

Pari, Sorry I'm late. Happy Birthday to you and wish you all the best :)

Kanchan said...

hey Pari, hope you enjoyed a lot on your bday :)
Currently soups are my TO List items, and this sure looks healthy one !

SE(Denufood) said...

Hey Pari...Im sure you had a blast on your b'day!!..This sure looks healthy with spinach!!!

priya said...

looks so yummy, dear!!...tempting pic!..anyways belated b'day wishes, dear!

Aps said...

Hey Belated wishes to U too......... M sure u must have had a blsat.... we r a soup fan... i will surely try this nd get ac to u with the review

Trendsetters said...

very unique soup..looks yummy

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Hi Pari, Nice recipe with palak.. looks good and healthy.

rekhas kitchen said...

What a healthy and delicious soup beautiful color and perfect for the season

Gulmohar said...

Belated B'day wishes...!!! Healthy and comforting soup. Sounds like a great combo :-)

Preeti Kashyap said...

yummmy and healthy! love the soup recipe and click!

Gita said...

Wow...what a healthy soup...looks hearty!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely & healthy dish.

Latha said...

Soup looks yummm....tempting clicks.

lata raja said...

That sounds like an wholesome soup. Just that might fill me up! Loved the colour of the soup.

Priya said...

Such a hearty and filling soup, looks fantastic for this chilled evening dinner..

Khaugiri said...

Wow healthy one dear:) Like the presentation.

PJ said...

sounds like a healthy and delicious soup! Belated birthday wishes too :)

Ms.Chitchat said...

Belated birthday wishes to you. Soup sounds tempting and healthy too. Step by step procedure is good.

Chitchat

jayasree said...

I make spinach soup often. Adding potatoes and oats is intersting. That bowl of soups looks absolutely comforting.

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi pari,Belated B'day wishes,have a great year ahead filled with lots of love,happiness & success..keep smiling always..u must have had a great time with ur family...And soup looks very healthy yet a very delicious one...

Anshika said...

Soups are everywhere. Would love to slurp away yours. Extremely healthy & yummy.

Anu said...

Soup looks yummy... Very healthy...

Rekha said...

I am a oats freak these days, and this recipe is perfect for my experiments with oats. thanks

Spice said...

Hi Pari, nice soup there.....& belated happy b'day....thanks for stopping by at my blog.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Pari
Belated happy birthday to you and many happy returns of the day!!
This is an wonderful dish ..let me dream when I can make it
Have a nice holiday

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Soups are really making its appearance a lot along the blogs,and this one is sure very healthy and looks comforting Pari!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Yummy and delicious soup Pari, perfect for this winter!!!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Dear:)

Parita said...

Belated Happy Birthday dear..truly very unique soup and sounds tasty too :-)
Wish you and your family a very happy new year in advance..take care!

meeso said...

Yum, what a great looking soup with potatoes and spinach!

Shri said...

Belated Happy Bday Pari!That soups looks terrific..I love the color:)Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays:)

Katy ~ said...

Oats in soup are new to me, but why not. LUV spinach. With all the cold weather and sickness around us, this is a nice healthy soup.

Oraphan said...

Oh, this soup looks and sounds absolutely healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos and recipe!

Happy Belated Birthday to you and wishing you and your lovely family the happiest of holidays!

Aux délices des gourmets said...

une délicieuse recette je note
à bientôt

Malar Gandhi said...

Hi Pari, Belated Birthday wishes...

I like your health talk...good to know so many facts, now turly sounds like a hearty soup:)

Anupama said...

The soup is creamy and healthy and delicious... good to have the information about what we eat on a day to day basis...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

bookmarking it..i wud love it

Deepa G Joshi said...

Belated happy Birthday!! Wow, what a healthy recipe..nice..love the natural green color.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year dear:)

Renu said...

nice idea of adding oats to the soup...a very healthy soup

my kitchen said...

Tempting soup,Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year dear:)

Nostalgia said...

Yummy soup.. love the second last picture with teh cream swirl..

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi Pari,wish you and your family a very happy & a prosperous new year filled with lots of love ,peace & happiness always

cookeaze said...

Looks very delicious and very festive.happy new year!

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