A soup usually takes many healthy ingredients put together in one pot.
Today I will share with you one of my grandmother’s recipe for a super vegetable soup that was passed on to my mom and now me. As a kid, I have grown up consuming multiple variations of this super vegetable soup. It is a very straight forward recipe that utilizes almost any vegetables found in your refrigerator.
Benefits of this soup.
- Easy to digest – Soups usually involve blending or pureeing vegetables or chopped bite-size vegetables. This makes the soups easy to digest, so your body can absorb and utilize all of the nutrients more easily.
- Keeps you hydrated – In my household, if someone is running a fever or sick and has lost their appetite or the taste buds aren’t doing their jobs, we consume this soup or its variation. It’s not only light to consume but a really good way to keep hydrated.
- Contains insoluble fiber – According to Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RD, a registered dietitian in Marblehead, Mass.,It is important to consume both types of fiber, which each help your digestive system in different ways. “Insoluble fiber, also known as roughage, can’t be digested by the body and therefore helps add bulk to the stools,” says Adams. “Soluble fiber draws in water and can help prevent stools that are too watery.” Good sources of insoluble fiber include wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains; get soluble fiber from oat bran, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Source everydayhealth.com
- Increases vegetable consumption – It has definitely been a great way to pack veggies into a vegetable soup for a toddler. Good way to hide the veggies.
- Acts as a laxative – The fiber from the veggies act as a laxative. Sometimes A’s meals are dry without any curry, and it’s always a great idea to accompany this super vegetable soup along without having to worry that he isn’t consuming any vegetables. Came in super handy when I was potty training A, to make sure his bowel movements were easy. A is 2.5 years old now and I have never given him any extra soluble fiber like Miralax, Metamucil or Isabgol.
- 1/2 cup carrots /gajar, diced
- 1/3 cup of beetroot, diced
- 1/2 cup ivy gourd / baby watermelon / tindora / tendli, diced
- 2-3 tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 tsp ginger, grated
- 1/2 tsp garlic, grated
- 2-3 cloves
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup cilantro / coriander / dhaniya , chopped (optional, I had run out of it)
- 5-6 cups of water
- Thoroughly wash the vegetables and dice them.
- Add all the ingredients in a pressure cooker.
- Using a strainer, thoroughly strain the soup. Collect the thick fiber at the bottom of the strainer into the bowl of strained soup.
- You will barely be left with a couple teaspoons of fiber in the strainer.
- Once strained, it is ready to be served either as is, or garnish with cilantro.
A relishing his soup. We consume this soup atleast once a week.