Mum’s Vegetable Soup
A Very Simple Vegetable Soup
Mum’s Vegetable Soup is an easy to make soup without any oil, dried herbs, or spices besides pepper powder. Its one of the healthiest, nutritious and comforting soups that I enjoy. All you need are fresh vegetables like peas, potato, cauliflower, carrot, tomato, French beans and fresh corn if available.
Why is it called Mum’s Vegetable Soup
My mum didn’t know how to cook any other cuisine bedsides the Gujarati one. However some of her simple attempts at something different were definitely her own style like her pasta dish or her peas and egg pulao. One such preparation was the simple vegetable soup.
The Nairobi Agricultural Show was a big event for our family. We would have a stall at the show selling toys and hobby items like trains, balsam wood, airplane kits, meccano, scalextric, playpex, etc. Whoever manned the stall couldn’t come home for lunch. My mum would pack some food which had to be simple and yet filling. She would usually pack vegetable soup in a big flask and cucumber tomato sandwiches. No fancy sandwich spread but just buttered slices. The best meal ever. Mum’s Vegetable Soup was the answer to any illness too. It was and still is the most comforting meal during an illness.
Did I mention, that the annual show was what we looked forward to? So many different companies and countries would have their stalls. It was just fun time for us. We had to go over the weekend to help out at the stall.
Whenever we were sick, mum would make this soup for us. I did the same for my kids. To make it a bit exciting for them, I would add some pasta. Adding freshly chopped coriander takes the flavour of the soup to another level.
What Vegetables can you use for Mum’s Vegetable Soup?
I have tried making this soup with mushrooms, zucchini, onion, cabbage, leek, zucchini and so many other vegetables but its not the same. So I prefer to use peas, carrots, cauliflower, potato, tomato, French beans and fresh corn whenever possible. However, you can use vegetables of your choice. It seems mum’s hands had magic as the simplest dish tasted the yummiest. I miss all the pampering and the food she use to prepare for me whenever we visited each other.
What is the Soup usually served with?
We mostly enjoy it with buttered toast, with sandwiches or on its own.
Other Mum’s Dishes That I Loved:
- Mum’s Buitoni
- Keri Nu Shaak/ Mango Curry
- Vaghareli Rotli
- Mum’s famous Handvo made on a sigri/ jiko
- Dhebra– which she would always make for picnics and drive- in movie outings
- Flaky Farsi Puri– which we all simply loved
- Maida Na Parotha
- gluten free
- vegan friendly
- Its Satvik friendly
- Ideal for those recovering from illness
- Perfect for kids and the elderly
- Diet Soup
Other Soups that you may want to check out:
If you like lentil based soups then Moong and Celery Soup or Shorbat Adas are some that you may enjoy. Hearty and wholesome soups like Moroccan Vegetable Soup , Spinach and Baby Corn Soup and Momo Soup are good examples of soups served as a light meal.
Some of my blogger friends have unusual soups which I would love to try out. I would have never thought of using okra in a soup but Mireille has in her Chickpea and Okra Provision Soup. Unusual ingredients have been used to make a wholesome soup. Vandana has used cut fresh corn cobs in her Vegan Trinidad Corn Soup which has tempted me to try the recipe out. For a unique flavored bean soup you may want to check out Shobha’s Caldo De Feijao, a Brazilian soup.
MUM'S VEGETABLE SOUP
- 4 cups of mixed diced vegetables peas, carrot, potato, cauliflower, fresh beans, corn if available
- 1 to mato finely chopped
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ - 1 tsp coarsely ground pepper
- The vegetables should be diced small and not into big chunks.
- Put the water, vegetables, tomato and salt in a pressure cooker.
- Cook for 1 whistle. If you don't have a pressure cooker, then simmer it over medium heat till the vegetables are done.
- Add pepper just before serving.
- Can add a ¼ cup of chopped fresh coriander before serving.
- I sometimes add about ½ cup of pasta along with the vegetables before cooking. This way I could get the kids to have the soup especially when they were sick.
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