Apple Soup

Friday, May 13, 2011

Almost a month ago, I was invited to attend a cooking demo by Chef Vicky Ratnani of Gourmet Central fame. The whole demo was centered around using Wasington Apples in various dishes. While, I was amazed at the versatality of apples, one particular dish that caught my attention was this simple soup made that Chef Vicky made using apples & Pumpkin. It was creamy, delicious & had a nice mix of flavours. I am a soup girl & I had to try that recipe ...

Apple Soup

I tweaked the recipe a little & added potatoes instead. Potatoes lend a nice creamy texture to the soup thereby, making the use of fresh cream optional. I actually didn't add any cream to my soup at all & yet it turned out rich & creamy. Ofcourse, if you want a better taste, add cream. Fresh cream makes everything taste better afterall :)

I love the addition of curry powder. It gives a nice subtle kick without overpowering the other flavours. Replace with red chilli powder, of you want to.

Let's head straight to the recipe ...

Serves 2

You Will Need:
  • 2 Apples ( I used Granny Smith ) - peeled, cored & diced
  • 2 large Potatos - peeled & diced
  • 1 large onion - diced
  • A small piece of ginger
  • A stalk of lemongrass
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 tsp curry/sambar powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • A dash of turmeric
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream - optional
  • Water or Vegetable stock - as needed

How To:
  • In a large pot, heat some olive oil, add green chilli,  shredded ginger & allow it to sizzle. Add diced onions & allow them to sweat. Throw in the apples & potatoes & stir. Add turmeric, lemon grass & curry powder & mix well. Add some stock or water, cover with a lid & allow it to cook on medium flame. Stir at regular intervals.
  • Once the apples & potatoes are soft, turn off the stove & allow it to cool down. Discard the lemon grass & Blend into a smooth puree.
  • Return the soup to the pot, Add some water or stock to adjust the consistency. Don't make the soup very thin & runny. Be careful in adding the amount of water or stock. Add little at a time to adjust the consistency. This is a creamy soup, so you will know, how much to add.  Add cream if using & heat gently.
  • Turn off the stove & garnish with chopped parsley.
Serve with some toasted bread .. Enjoi !!!

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