Butternut squash soup – The Indian way!


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Butternut squash soup – The Indian way!

 What’s not to love about soup right? Whether you are a soup person like me or on a self inflicted soup diet for weight loss, soup happens to be the perfect comforting food, especially this time of the year.  When I saw some butternut squash getting old in my pantry, I decided to try out this soup recipe. This is inspired by a recipe that I had read on a friend’s blogspot and can be made using many variations.

Here’s my version.

 Ingredients: Serves 6-8

 Butternut squash – Diced into small cubes

 Vegetable broth – 1 quart

 Spices – 2 -3 cloves, 1” cinnamon stick, 1-2 twigs nutmeg, 8-10 black pepper corns

 Onion – 1 diced

 Garlic – 2 cloves

 Red chillies – 5-6

 Salt to taste

 Fresh ground Pepper powder – 1 tsp

 Cilantro and slivered almonds/pine nuts for garnishing

 Olive oil – Preferably spray

 Method: Drizzle olive oil, salt, fresh ground pepper powder onto the cubed squash pieces. You can use a  multi-spice grinder that comes with sea salt, dried lemon, dried garlic and pepper instead. Grill in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Image

 

Chop a medium size onion into large pieces. In a shallow frying pan, sautee’ the onions and spices and red chillies till the onions turn translucent. Let it cool.

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Then puree the roasted butternut squash and onions in a blender in small batches adding in small quantities of vegetable broth instead of water. Then, bring the blended mixture to a simmer on the stove for about 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and slivered almonds or pine nuts.

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