The weather is getting colder by the day, which itself is getting shorter and shorter. It starts getting dark by 3.30-4 in the afternoon and it does feel a little odd in the beginning. But as time passes we will get used to it & in fact I am sure it will feel odd when the day starts to stretch after March-April!
When its cold & dark, you feel like having something hot & spicy, at least I do :) I have a weakness for anything that has Garlic & Soy Sauce as its main ingredient. Of course for me this mainly means what is popularly known as the Indo-Chinese cuisine. This soup is as good as it gets. Full of flavour & healthy veggies. Perfect for me when I ‘think’ I am on a diet.
Hot, Sweet & Sour Vegetable Soup
- 2 medium sized carrots, chopped
- 5-6 Baby Corns, cut into rounds
- 1 Green Pepper, chopped
- 1/2 French/Fine beans, chopped
- 4-5 Asparagus tips, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger
- 1/4 tsp Green chilli paste (optional)
- 500 ml Vegetable stock (or water)
- 1 tblsp oil
- 1-2 tsp Soy Sauce
- 1-2 tsp White Vinegar
- 2-3 tsp Corn Flour
- 1 tsp Sugar
- Salt & Pepper
Boil the Asparagus tips till they turn bright green, approx 2 min. Drain and set aside.
Heat the oil in a deep pan. Add the onions, ginger & garlic and sauté. Add the chilli paste if using and fry for 2 more minutes till the onions turn soft.
Add the carrots, beans, baby corn and mix well. Put in the soy sauce, a little salt (keeping in mind that the soy sauce is salty too), pepper powder and the sugar. Mix and cook for another minute.
Add the stock and bring it to a boil. Add the pepper and vinegar, mix and simmer till the vegetables are cooked, aprrox 10-15 minutes.
You can get this soup ready till this point and go ahead with the following steps when you are ready to serve.
Dissolve the corn flour in a little bit of water and add it to the soup to thicken it. Also add the boiled asparagus now, stir and cook till the soup reaches the desired consistency. Serve piping hot!
My Notes: It was delicious, full of flavour and completely filling. Give me a bowl of this hot soup and a mystery novel to read or an Agatha Christie’s Poirot movie and I am set for the evening!