I’m a soup lover! If soups varied every so often, I could eat it every day, for every meal. Growing up, my Mom had always made a lot of soups- and I never get sick of them.
Why the love for soups? There are so many reasons, such as:
1) they are easy to make
2) fast to make
3) lots of different flavors
4) can be vegetarian, or meat-based
5) there are a million ways to make them, and you don’t have to repeat the recipe!
So there is simplicity, deliciousness and variety. If those are not the best qualities a dish can have, what is? For the most part, I like to take ideas for soups, and make them my own.
This week we actually bought a chicken, celery, onions, carrots and leeks to make our own stock. So the soup featured below used the stock as well as the chicken we had used in the preparation. Very convenient, and if you’re looking for budget meals- this would definitely be one!
I’ve decided that we’ll have to do a step-by-step on how we make stock. If you have never done this before, it’ll be a must as soon as possible! You’ll never go back to the store bought broth or stock.
Indian Chicken Soup
Adapted from: The Whole Kitchen
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
5 carrots, peeled & chopped
1 celery bunch (about 10 stalks), chopped
1 bunch of swiss chard, leaves & stalks separated; stalks and leaves chopped
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp curry
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 cup wild rice
6 chicken stock (or veggie)
1 cup water
6 small red potatoes, roughly chopped
1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 cups shredded chicken (cooked)
While heating up a soup pot, drizzle olive oil. Once it’s warm, add the onion, carrots, celery and swiss chard stalks. Saute for about 10 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Then add the salt, garam masala, curry, chili powder and cumin. Stir the spices and the vegetables for about 1 minute, so everything is well incorporated.
Then, add the rice, chicken stock and water. Cover the soup and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, uncover and cook on low for about 20 minutes. Add in the potatoes. Simmer for another 15 minutes and continue to stir the soup.
Finally, add the coconut flakes, chicken and chopped chard leaves. Stir the ingredients and cook them for 5 more minutes.
* This meal would be good with some naan bread.