Saturday, September 20, 2008

Zucchini and Split green pea soup

Fall is here.....well not officially yet but in my neck of the woods the temperatures are dropping,there is a nip in the air and the air is decidedly brisk. For me all of these things are reasons to celebrate since fall is one of my favorite seasons and something I look forward to, especially on the hottest days of summer. Cooler weather also brings with it a craving for hot filling soups at meal times. Yesterday to celebrate the "unofficial" start of fall I decided to make some zucchini soup.

I got this basic idea of using lentils and zucchini together from one of my cookbooks and I adapted it to suit my palate and spiced it up a little.The end result was a smooth,creamy and slightly spicy soup that I enjoyed and will definitely include in my roster of frequently made soups.

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Ingredients and method to make Zucchini and Split green pea soup

1 yellow onion ( chopped into small pieces )
3 cups of zucchini peeled and chopped into cubes (about 3 large zucchini )
2 tbsp grated ginger (or to taste)
1 cup split dried green pea lentils (washed and drained)
1/8 tsp turmeric powder (optional)
1/8 tsp chilli powder (optional) (or to taste)
3 cups vegetable stock or water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (can be substituted with any other oil)
salt to taste.
a little ground black pepper or red pepper flakes (optional)

Heat oil and add onions to it and saute until tender and transparent.

Add grated ginger,washed green peas,turmeric powder,chili powder,salt and water to this and let it simmer on medium heat until the peas are almost cooked.

Add zucchini and simmer for a little longer until the zucchini is cooked and soft. 
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Cool this slightly and process in a blender in batches until the entire mixture is pureed.

Reheat on low to medium heat and add more water if required to achieve required consistency and serve hot with crushed black pepper or red pepper flakes.

Serves about 3 to 4

This is my entry into the FIC-Green being hosted by Sunshinemom

This is also my entry into the Salad Starter Soup Event being hosted by EC

Since this soup is low in fat and protein rich too I am sending this over to the Diet Foods event being hosted by Divya

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31 comments :

Dershana said...

Hey, this one sounds nice and healthy too. Lovely entry :-)

Divya said...

Fall is my favorite season as well... the beautiful colors, and the transitioning from summer to fall weather is just wonderful.
I am definitely not a summer/sun person.
I totally like how you made your soup. When I lay my hands on some zucchini, will try it.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey usha, what is split green peas? is it broken peas?

Cham said...

I love fall too but i liked only when i was in East coast to see the color!
The warm soup is perfect for those breezy days :)

Bharti said...

Thanks for visiting me Usha. The zucchini soup sounds lovely. And its almost Fallish here in Chicago too. Today though, it's nice and warm and we'll go for one last ice cream!

sunshinemom said...

I can imagine the taste of this one, as I just made one too - with zucchini and coriander flower! This should taste good and smell great too. Thank you for the awesome entry:)

karuna said...

nothing like a nice bowl of hot soup, cozying up on a cool eve. yummy

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. pacca diet soup... healthy aswell... nice entry..

Suma Rajesh said...

this is healthy and rich soup...

sowmya said...

good one usha..have never tried zucchini..i got one yesterday for the first time..thinking what to do with it!!

SweetBites said...

hi usha, just visited ur wonderful blog. ur zucchini & split green pea soup looks awesome. its rainy & miserable here, guess this soup will cheer me up.

Purnima said...

Usha,
Tks for your lovely words n keep visiting..you hv a lovely collection of veg recipes!!
Tks for stopping by mine! :D

Sireesha said...

Soup looks healthy and rich......

Pam said...

Fall is my very favorite time of year. I love making soups and stews. This looks not only really tasty but healthy too.

Shreya said...

Hi, I have heard so much about zucchini, but never used it at home. Very interesting soup, and great entry to the events.

raaji said...

this is something that i have to give a try......nice

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

lovely soup ... have never tried zucchini .. must be really yum

Athisaya said...

Thanks for the lovely and healthy entry Usha..

Madhuram said...

I have tried a couple of zucchini recipes, but not soup yet. It looks very comforting. Will try it out soon.

Swati said...

Sounds great.. a nice twist to the regular lentil soup!!

Priti said...

Soup looks yummy...and healthy too..

Vaidehi said...

Hi Usha,

Thanks for your comment on my blog post Juice Benefits. I am trying to compile some small and useful tips.

Vaidehi
Food Health Fitness

easycrafts said...

This event is letting me learn so many new varieties of delicious soups like this one...thanks for participating

Usha said...

Nice seeing you here Dershana :)


I am with you on that Divya very hot and sunny days are just not my thing either :)

Hey Mahimaa,split green peas are a type of lentil available in most groceries,it looks a little like chana dhal only green and cooks very fast :)

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting Cham :)


Nice seeing you here Bharti :)


Zucchini and coriander flower sounds awesome Sunshinemom,will check out the recipe asap :)

I completely agree Karuna...thanks for stopping by :)

Usha said...

Thanks Sripriya :)



Thanks Suma :)


Do try it Sowmya, I am sure you will like it :)

Usha said...

Thanks for your kind words, Sweetbites :)


Thanks Purnima :)


Thanks for visiting Sireesha :)

Usha said...

Thanks Pam, I love making hot and hearty soups during fall and winter too :)

Thanks Shreya,do try zucchini it works very well in soups and kootu kind of dishes too :)

Thanks Raaji :)

Usha said...

Thanks Vegetable platter :)



Thanks Athisaya...looking forward to the roundup :)


Thanks for dropping by Madhuram :)

Usha said...

I am glad you dropped by Swati,hope to see you here again :)


Thanks for visiting Priti :)

Usha said...

Glad you dropped by Vaidehi :)



Thanks EC I am looking forward to the roundup :)

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