When it gets cold during winter, I love to make hot soups from scratch at home for my family. One of my favorites is the fennel soup that i have already posted in my blog. The next one is Spinach Soup. I know a lot of you would not be excited about spinach 🙂
But my kids really like this soup since they dont see the actual spinach lol as its all mashed up and smooth.
So here goes the recipe:
Take about 1 cup of fresh leaves (de stemmed) thoroughly washed and throw it in a pot of salted boiling water for about 5 minutes. Then immediately transfer the cooked spinach onto a bowl of ice or ice cold water. This is called blanching and what does this is two things- 1) Helps to stop further cooking of the spinach and 2) Helps retain the bright green color of the spinach.
Cook 1/2 cup of lentils(yellow dal- Toor or Mung dal).
Blend the lentils with the blanched spinach in a blender.
I also add some Salt to taste, fresh ground black pepper, dried dessicated coconut powder toasted in a pan with few drops of oil along with cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
Enjoy this nutrition packed delicious green spinach soup.