Mum’s Vegetable Soup

June 8, 2012mayurisjikoni
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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:

Dietary Tips:

  • 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 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.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Snack, Soup, Starter
Cuisine International
Servings 4


  • 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.
Keyword easy vegetable soup, mum's easy vegetable soup

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  • Vandana

    January 22, 2020 at 10:42 am

    This soup looks so delicious. There could be nothing more comforting than simple recipes of mothers. I will definitely try this out. Thanks for mentioning my recipe here.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 23, 2020 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much Vandana. Please try the soup, its so delicious and simple to make.

      1. Priya Vj

        August 22, 2022 at 10:55 pm

        5 stars
        Any of the mom’s recipes certainly create magic . Especially when the recipe is simple and loaded with flavors it surely stays with us forever with fond memories.
        I love the idea of using almost all vegetables in this mom’s soup making it really healthy and nutritious.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        August 23, 2022 at 2:32 pm

        Thank you so much Priya. Yes it reminds me of my mum whenever I make it.

  • Manu Patel

    August 20, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    kachri bateta
    Please share the recipe of the original we find in Mombasa

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 21, 2020 at 4:03 pm

  • Kalyani

    May 4, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    5 stars
    Growing up, my elder one had a similar tomato + veggie soup that my mom made for her and that stays her fav till date. those cucumber sandwwiches with that soup must be nostalgic for you, mayuri. we LOVE soups and am definiely trying this soon…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 4, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani. Those simple cucumber sandwiches are my favorite.

  • Archana

    May 4, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    5 stars
    Mum’s food is soul food! No 2 questions about it. I do agree with your mum’s vegetable soup is simply delicious and I want some. Been living under the thought that my itching throat is the dreaded disease nothing like a comfort food like a soup. Will make it for us tomorrow night.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 4, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Yes I agree, no doubt mum’s food is the best.

  • Chef Mireille

    May 6, 2021 at 4:38 am

    5 stars
    I love the simplicity of this soup. When I am not feeling well, I prefer simply foods with not much spices. This is definitely the soup to enjoy when you are under the weather.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 6, 2021 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you Mireille, this has been our family’s ‘get well soon soup’ for years and my cousins and aunts still make it.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    August 21, 2022 at 9:51 am

    5 stars
    I agree moms are the best, they create a magic with their simple cooking. This simple soup sounds so good with all the vegetables in it. I must give a try to it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 22, 2022 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.Long time ago there were no cookbooks and that is how my mum (who knew how to prepare only Gujarati food) would make soup for the family.

  • Seema Sriram

    August 22, 2022 at 12:09 am

    5 stars
    I guess all mums have some sensible recipes like this that they rely on for comfort and nutrition. I love this soup recipe from your is colourful, clear and sure tasty.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 22, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you so much Seema, could never imagine that a soup with just salt and pepper would taste so good. It is all the flavours from the veggies. I’ve tried adding other vegetables and it does not taste the same.

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