White bean and Carrot Soup For a New Year......


Still in the hangovers of the Christmas and New year? Well here .... I am trying to get over it :)

Don't You think you all need a refreshing start after all the hustle-bustle and celebrations of those last days of an year gone by?  Well I need one , especially when One of my new year resolutions is to include lot of soups in the diet and go thin ;). I always try not to take any resolutions , but some how end up taking 1 or 2 every year, mostly non pragmatic ones and there by nothing has full filled so far ..sigh!!! How about you guys ?

I can see all the signs of sticking to my resolutions starting with the winning of "Cook Yourself Thin Faster ' from Fathimas Blog . Thank You Fathima for the giveaway, It feels great to get this book  and I hope this winning is a great boost for me :)...See this is what I told you about positive signs.


..... My love for soup is something I inherited from my Mom. She often makes all kin of soups at home and finally drizzle with a dollop of fresh home made ghee. This is the first thing she orders , no matter how hot its back home, when she hits a restaurant . She is one of those first customers of Maggi and knorr soup, when they initially hit the kerala market I believe....She always serve this to her guest as a first course and even made sure they serve Good chicken soup for my betrothal reception and thus goes My Mom's love for soup ...

Coming to "The soup of the day"...A recipe adapted from Good Food , this won my heart at the very first attempt . The drizzle of the chili oil reminds me of my mom's dollop of ghee over her soup , and may be that has something to do with my love for this one. Its so easy to make and tastes so delicious. Perfect for the bone chilling climate , it soothes your mind and soul alike. Try this and trust me this recipe is a keeper to keep you warm :)

Recipe for White beans and Carrot Soup with Chilli Oil

Ingredients:-
White Kidney Beans - 1 can
Carrots chopped - 2
Celery Stick chopped - 2
Onion chopped - 1
Garlic chopped - 2 cloves
Crushed Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
Vegetable stock - 2 can
Thyme or Rosemary - 2 - 3 sprigs
Bay leaves - 2
Oil

Method:-

Wash and drain the canned White kidney beans .
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and fry chopped onions and garlic for 2 minutes.
Add chopped carrots and celery and fry for 3-4 minutes.
Add drained beans, stock, Crushed pepper,bay leaves, thyme or rosemary , salt to taste 
Bring to Boil and cook it covered for 30 minutes.
Switch off the heat and let it stand for 10 minutes to cool.
Discard the bay leaves and Thyme .
Puree the Soup with a hand blender or In Food processor until smooth.
Return to Heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
Sprinkle some Thyme leaves or rosemary and drizzle with chili oil..
Serve warm with a cheese sandwich :)
For chilli oil :-
Combine  1/4 cup Olive oil or any oil and  1.5 table spoon Crushed Red pepper (flakes) and let it soak for 30 minutes. Shake well and it is ready to serve.


I know i did not even wish my readers in 2011. So wishing you all a wonderful and blessed New year. May all your dreams and resolutions come true.
A piece of Holidays from my part of the world..Rockefellar Tree and some other pics from NYC..

Cheers

Sarah

50 comments:

Swathi said...

Beautiful and delicious looking white bean and carrot soup.

Swathi said...

Sarah,

Wishing you and family a happy 2011.

Smitha said...

yummy and perfect for cold winters like we have here!...
Happy New Year 2011!

Mehnaz Kapadia said...

Aww! This is such a lovely soup! Happy New year 2011 :)

Reva said...

This soup is an amazing combination for all the right ingredients needed for this winter.The presentation is just perfect...I have a lot to learn from your recipes, photography and food styling...will be back for more...great work..
Reva

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Yummy looking White bean and carrot soup dear. So thick and colorful. Taste must have been great.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Foodie Ann said...

Happy New Year Sarah...!!! The soup looks great....:-)

Kairali sisters said...

Wish you a very happy new year Honey...Soup looks delectable...

Shanavi said...

Happy new year Sara..Awesome bean n carrot soup, a nice n a healthy way to start this year

Sayantani said...

ahh thats a great resulution which i make every year :-(
wish you to succeed in this. have a great new year. here's wishing that this delectable soup kick start our way to a thinner and healthier selves.

Madhavi said...

Oh I love white kidney bean soup, and next time i'll try with carrot. Soup looks divine and velvety..yumm!!!

Rachana said...

Wishing you a happy and beautiful 2011 Sarah :-)

That Soup looks great!

swapna said...

Happy New Year!!
Very comforting soup....Delicious!!

Suja Sugathan said...

Comforting soup..looks great.

Lyndsey said...

I like the looks of this soup, great idea to use the carrots in it. Lovely color too! Yum!

Torviewtoronto said...

flavourful delicious soup
happy new year to you and family

Pushpa said...

Wishing you a Happy 2011 Sarah,soup looks super warm and very inviting.

Soumya said...

delicious soup...
beautiful clicks...
Happy New Year!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely soup! Wonderful NYC pix too!
Happy New Year!

Sowmya said...

Wow...it's a warm, comforting relish for the winter. Happy New Year!

? said...

Perfect for the weather!
Happy New Year to you Sarah!

Shanthi said...

Creamy and delicious

Thas@Cooking with Thas said...

Perfect soup to feel cozy during this freezing winter. I am a huge fan of soups too. It's easy yet hearty!

Ganga Sreekanth said...

healthy and delicious soup

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats a great start! Awesome clicks!

jeyashrisuresh said...

thats an yummy soup for this weather and great clicks

Treat and Trick said...

So creamy and yummy! Happy New Year dear..

Prathima Rao said...

The soup looks real comforting! You have a beautiful sit & now a happy follower of Vazhaliya..Do drop into my space sometime.. ;)

Sanjeeta kk said...

Lovely color for your soup! Shall try it soon.

Jaisy James said...

healthy and tasty soup dear. adipoli

Jaisy James said...

healthy and tasty soup dear. adipoli

Jaisy James said...

healthy and tasty soup dear. adipoli

Veggie Hut said...

comforting soup! perfect for the season!

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely soup,beautiful colour...

Pete said...

It is raining here now. It would be good if I can get hold of this hot soup....mmmm tasty!

Gulmohar said...

Congrats on your win :-) Such a perfect soup for a healthy beginning ;-) Happy New year !!

Priya said...

Wow thats a comforting bowl of delicious soup..

Jisha said...

superb soup...looks so creamy and healthy....vannam kurakkan nallathu thanne...:)

Sathya Sankar said...

Happy New Year !
Soup looks very delicious and perfect for cold weather !

vineetha said...

congrats ! vegham book oke vayichu slim beauty akatte enu ashamsikunu..
Happy New Year to u too ..

aipi said...

These look amazing - definitely healthy! What a unique combination!

Have a great n prosperous 2011 dear!!


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kothiyavunu.com said...

I just love the color and flavors!! soup looks really good.

Krishnaveni said...

wonderful soup, looks delicious

Subhie Arun said...

so creamy and yummy! lov d color...Happy New Year dear....

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

I love soups too and this one looks like a keeper! Happy New Year Sarah!

Kitchen Boffin said...

lovely soup.. and what a great space u have.. enjoyed gawking through those stunning photography.. happy to follow u..

Reshmi said...

ahaa...wonderful soup for this newyear...very lovely sarah...

Ananda Rajashekar said...

That is just so gorgeous Sarah....fresh ghee is my fav too...but some chilli oil for soup sounds like it is for soul :)...Very Happy New year dear wish all the goodness this year for you :)

lissie said...

Wishing You A Happy and Prosperous New Year, dear Sarah!

yummy soup...! loved the color of the chilli oil... :)

Dimah said...

Fantastic photos ! and the soup looks delicious.

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