Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A V O C A D O , PEAS and MINT SOUP........


Avocado - My love for this beauty of a fruit is unmatched!
Ever since I was introduced to it, I've been finding ways to get it to my dining table! On one such quest, I whipped up this soup and everyone seemed to like it, needless to say it now makes it's wonderful presence felt at home on a regular basis :)





Avocado, Peas & Mint Soup for all you avocado lovers out there!!
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1 avocado chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped vidalia onion/sweet onion
2 tbsp peas fresh/frozen
2 tbsp regular sour cream (I will keep my views on fat free processed stuff to myself at this time ;) )
1 clove garlic chopped - optional
1 small green chili - optional as per taste
a handful mint/pudina leaves
a handful coriander/dhaniya leaves
1/2 tsp FRESH ROASTED cumin/jeera powder ( REQUIRED )
few sprinkles fresh roasted cumin powder for serving
salt & pepper to taste
water as required to thin out the soup - as much as 1 cup
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1. Heat oil.
2. Add onion and saute for two minutes.
3. Add garlic and peas, saute for 5 minutes.
4. Switch off the gas and add mint, coriander, salt, pepper & cumin powder. Let cool a bit.
5. Pour into a blender and blend smooth adding water as required.
6. Add avocado, sour cream and blend once again. Sprinkle fresh cumin powder. I cannot stress enough the importance of freshly roasted cumin powder in this recipe, it is a must!
7. Serve this beautiful green colored soup with bread or crackers of your choice.
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Variations:
If you like your soup spicy hot, add a dash of chipotle peppers while serving.
Add a splash of lime juice for that sour kick.
You can make the soup thick or thin as per your liking.
Play with the ingredient quantities, this is a very forgiving recipe, just don't forget that cumin powder ;).


My contribution to "No Croutons Required".


Enjoy...............
Just found out thru Sig's link that Avocado is an aphrodisiac, hence this goes to Pooja for Valentine's Day!
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Not into greens and all that healthy stufff ????
In that case, how about my Lentil Soup

54 comments:

Kalai said...

Great idea! I have a few avocados sitting in the fridge right now... ;)

Nags said...

avocado seems to be a popular soup ingredient. have to try it some day :)

Richa said...

thanks kalai!

thanks nags! it's my fav fruit :)

Lisa said...

Forgetting cumin powder would be akin to sinning in this instance! Thanks for participating in our event. Gorgeous entry!

bee said...

what amazing colour. i love the three equally - avocado, peas and mint. this is a great way to make pea and mint soup creamier without dairy.

easycrafts said...

loved the colour of the soup

Bharathy said...

Lovely healthy soup out there!...you are coming up with real del del delicious foods lately!!:D

Asha said...

I LOVE Avocados too, so bland on it's own but mixed with other things, it makes such a tasty dish. Soup looks out of World girl, beautiful photos too!:))

Happy cook said...

Delicious, i can imagine dippind those rolls into the soup

Sia said...

i love all 3 ingredients equally richa and i just cant wait to try this one. last month i made peas, mint and sweet corn soup following sanjeev kapoor's khana khazana. will post the recipe soon and i am sure u'll like it. its really refreshing one:) and equally good photo:)

Saswati said...

hi richa!! you have a cool blog and wonderful recipes....i was just going thru one of your older recipes and found paneer bhurji one of my favourites...your way of making is so different from mine...i have posted this recipe with crumbled paneer. and the avocado soup looks yum.will be a regular visitor from now...love ur blog:))

Latha said...

That looks delicious Richa! I've only made avocado chapathis from Indira's blog. This is unique! Have u tried the Avocado spring rolls from Cheesecake Factory - those are awesome - want to recreate those some time!

TBC said...

What a lovely shade of green!

evolvingtastes said...

Lovely! At what point do you add the avocado? btw, if you like avocadoes, you have to try travelerslunchbox's avocado milkshake. Totally yum.

sra said...

Avocado lassi, soup, what's next Richa? :) Lovely colour.

TheCooker said...

Lovely colour.
You should consider moving to CA. We have the best avocados :)

Alpa said...

love this! i also share your unsatiable love for avocados :)

Alpa said...

love this! i also share your unsatiable love for avocados :)

sunita said...

Absolutely love this soup...and also the picture :-)

Namratha said...

Looks delicious! Love the pics..

Archana said...

Sinful!Very very sinfully fatty :). I wonder what will happen to all of us food bloggers. Will we end up in a health crisis :). The more I am reading recipes from other blogs, i drool and mentally growing fat :)

Mythreyee said...

It looks so creamy and delicious. I love mint and I love this recipe.

Laavanya said...

What a pretty colour that is Richa. love the pics and the soup!

Pooja V said...

wow..nice green N creamy soup. I haveeee to try this today!

Mansi Desai said...

wow Richa, I already ahve a paes-and-mint soup recipe that I blogged about; now I just need to add your avocado touch to it!:)

boy, you really love this fruit:) Happy Valentine's to you!

Richa said...

thanks lisa! i'm happy to participate in ur event!

thanks bee! that makes it a tripple whammy for ya :)

thanks easycrafts!

thanks bharathy!

thanks asha! me too loved those beautiful green pics :)

thanks hc!

thanks sia! enjoy the soup....

Richa said...

thanks saswati! appreciate ur sweet comments! yes, there are so many variations to the bhurji, right ;)

thanks latha!
i've not had those, but now u got me thinking, an't rest till i taste them....lol

thanks tbc!

thanks et! kya teekhi najar hai yaar ;) lihayla visarle...lol
will definitelt try that version and also post mine soon :)

thanks sra!
keep guessing....

thanks tc! u guys out there are totally spoilt...lol

Richa said...

thanls alpa!
nice "meeting" another avo fan :)

thanks sunita!
coming from u is a great compliment!

thanks nams!

thanks archana!
not sure about the fatty part u mentioned? avocado has all good fats absolutely reqd for normal body functioning! but i do understand that there is a lot of wrong information out there about fats :) a fruit in its original form is anyday better than those so called processed "fat free" junk food! enjoy the goods sweetie.....

Richa said...

thanks myth!

thanks laav! enjoy...

thanks pooja! do lemme' know if u try :)

thanks mansi!
yup, avo is a fav here :)

Vanamala said...

wow nice one !!! avocado with mint must be tasty lovely recipe

Sagari said...

beautifullll colorrr

Sig said...

Avocado in a soup, what a great idea! I have to try this one... I somehow have to combine avocado with lemon/lime juice all the time, to me those two go hand-in-hand... and good you mentioned a splash of lime in the recipe :)

And glad I could teach you something... hehe actually I didn't know that avocado was an aphrodisiac... :)

Seema said...

Lovely soup.. liked it! The colours fabulous... amazing photo.. looks great!

Pooja said...

You bring out very Nice color Richa :) , I have been looking for some nice recipe to try with avocado and here you are , thanks a lot for sharing and participating. I am glad to see your entry in my mail :) .
btw, theme -valentines is just to cook anything for your valentine, nothing restricted to aphrodisiac items. I think you are mixing oranges and apples when you said that , aphrodisiac stuffs were the theme for another event held by Chris I think. Well, just to draw your attention, your lovely pictures are still killing me with its color first and then for its being so healthy dish.
Thanks a lot for sharing and participating , you are always as dear as salt to me :)

Richa said...

thanks mala!

thanks sagari!

thanks sig!
yup, i too add lime with all avo preparations, goes very well! lemme' know if u try :)
oH yeah, i chkd ur list & it sure is an aphrodisiac, but the details given....lol

thanks seema! glad u liked it dear!

thanks pooja! am so glad u liked the colors sweetie, it does look very appetising & pleasing to the eye & as they say u eat with ur eyes first!
enjoy the good stuff........

Uma said...

Looks lovely! Nice green! Happy Valentine's Day!

Swaroopa said...

looks gr8! thanx 4 sharing...

musical said...

In other words, you just blogged about the most innovative soup :). I'll take it with chipotle peppers, and please gimme those rolls too, i am tempted :-D.

hugs,
musical.

Pravs said...

Loved avocado in salsa..now in soup is something i have to try. Lovely pics.
Thanks for the feedback for the cake! so glad you tried it and liked it :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hay Richa....Ur soup is so comforting...creamy...YUM!...

Richa said...

thanks uma! happy V day to u too!

thanks swaroopa!

haanji musy, kidda? that is so sweet of you. this takes just 10 mins to make, lemme' know kadon' arahe 'o, will keep it ready w/ rolls for ya :)

thanks pravs! yes, guac is the most popular dish using the avo, do try.

thanks sukanya!

DEEPA said...

awesome healthy one lady!!very different one !!Thks for sharing

Cynthia said...

It looks delicious and photographs well too!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

oh wow!! looks thick and yummy... gr8 pic

Homecooked said...

Wow this looks delicious.

Kribha said...

That looks so good. What a color! Love the way you have made the litle waves on the top.

Linda said...

OMG Richa, I couldn't even get past the 'avocado' part to think of adding peas and mint. That's how much I love avocado. I am liable to eat it all from the spoon first ;)

What a beautiful combination of flavors this is! Great green glee :)

Amna said...

Great idea Richa, i have to give this a try, all the green ingredients whipped up together in this fantastic combo ...yum!! :)

Vaishali said...

Richa, I love avocado and the combination with mint, coriander and cumin is just mindblowing. Your pictures are lovely. Thanks for the recipe!

Meera said...

Looks so delicious. You are making me hungry...:-) Thanks for the recipe!

Pravs said...

hey richa, i have something for you in my blog..check it out :)

Raaga said...

the soup looks delish Richa and the rolls next to the bowl look great too :-)

news.linq.in said...

This dish looks very tempting..Give it to me now!

crestere said...

thaaanks

avocado it one of my favourite

unfortunatley, i don't have any in my fridge like Kalai :(
...but i'll go and buy some :P