Warm, comforting and almost magical

I don’t like doctors. But then, who does? So when I had this toothache that refused to go away and wouldn’t let me sleep at night, I had to run to the dentist. The verdict – my right wisdom tooth had to go. That wasn’t all, the molar next to it was in bad shape, which meant we had to get rid of it too. For someone who has never had any dental procedure done, ever, I was flustered. And when the dentist told me that this wouldn’t be a regular extraction but a surgery. I was terrified now. Add to that all the horror stories I heard, I was pretty sure this was going to be a nightmare coming true.

Strangely, on the day of the surgery I was calm. Surprising, because I thought I would be a nervous wreck. Now I’ll spare you the gory details but what I will share with you is that – it was so bad. Really, it wasn’t. Of course it hurt a bit but my post-surgery was a breeze. None of that dreaded swelling or pain that makes you cringe. Thank God! Today was the day I got my stitches out. So I thought I’ll share with you a recipe of something that I’ve been having a lot in the past couple of days.

Clear soup is something that, according to me, has magical properties. A bowl of this and it can drive your cold away, keep you warm, chase that fever and generally make the world seem a better place. I love adding a lot of lemon and garlic to my soup along with a handful of fresh herbs. This is the reason why I don’t need to use preservative-loaded stock cubes. Since I load the soup with veggies and, often, mushrooms it makes for  a nourishing one-pot meal. Try this one, I’m sure it will be a favourite soon.

Clear vegetable soup

1 litre of water
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch of ginger, grated
2 pieces of lemongrass stalks, 1-inch each, slightly bruised
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 medium-sized carrot, peeled and sliced
4-5 button mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup of cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup of broccoli florets, chopped
A handful of coriander leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp of soya sauce
1 tsp of lemon juice
1/2 tsp of freshly grounded black peppercorns
Salt to taste

Take a large bowl and pour the water into it. Please this on medium heat and add the aromatics now – garlic, ginger, lemongrass.

When the water begins to boil gently add the onion, carrot and cabbage. Once this has been bubbling away for about 4-5 minutes add the broccoli and mushrooms. Bring the heat down and let it simmer some more.

Now add the salt and soya sauce and cook for about 2-3 minutes more. Turn off the flame, finish with the lemon juice, freshly ground pepper and coriander leaves. Serve hot.

*You can place some noodles at the bottom of the bowl and then pour the soup over this for some Clear Noodle Soup. Slurp away!

*If you have a cold then, I would highly recommend you add some bits of chicken to this. Trust me, the cold will be gone soon

*To change things up a little bit, add some fresh mint or basil, you can even add some chives or some thyme to this. In case you’re one of those who likes a bit of heat then feel free to add some chopped green chillies. But do this right at the end otherwise the soup becomes too spicy!


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