I am a fan of soups not salads...so when it comes to healthy and low cal food I prefer soups..and there is nothing better than a huge bowl of homemade warm soup.Most of the people think its pretty difficult to make soups at home but let me tell you its easier than making a curry and that too without oil /butter. Just a few spices and right ingredients add a good amount of flavour without the need of any preservatives. My little one has also started liking my soups ..he just needs his favourite corn in all the soups and it becomes a corn soup for him :)
I usually make vegetable or tomato soup but this time I tried Pumpkin soup which turned out to be great and has become a weekly affair on our dinner table.Very simple to prepare with a handful of ingredients. Enjoy it with a sandwich or toast and your dinner is sorted.
1/2 kg pumpkin(peeled and chopped)
2-3 cloves of garlic
5-6 black peppercorns
1 Bay leaf
1 spoon of butter
Heat a spoon of butter in a grill pan and dump all the ingredients.Let the pumpkin get a nice char and then add salt and cover and cook till its soft.Cool it down and blend it till smooth.Sieve it through a strainer.Add water/veg stock to get the desired consistency and simmer it in a pan for sometime.Add seasoning if required.Garnish with a dash of cream or butter.
Serve it with toast or breadsticks!!
Enjoy the rain not with pakodas but with this soup this time !!