Tuesday, November 7, 2017

SWEET CORN & CAPSICUM SOUP

SWEET CORN & CAPSICUM SOUP

As is often said, "Winter time is soup time." We make soups from time to time as they are tasty and
healthy too. Elsewhere in this blog you will find recipes for a variety of soups such as Beetroot Soup, Green Peas & Mint Soup, and Tomato & Carrot Soup.

This is a filling Mexican soup adapted from Sweet Corn & Capsicum Soup by one of my favourite cookery experts, Tarlaji Dalal. This soup was unique for me because of the smoky flavour of the roasted capsicum which was a delight, in combination with the innate sweetness of the corn.

If you wish to make it more spicy remember to add chilli sauce or tabasco sauce. We loved this soup and would recommend it to you.



Ingredients:
  • Sweet Corn Kernels, boiled, 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Capsicum, medium-sized, 1
  • Oil, for brushing
  • Milk, 1/2 cup
  • Butter/ Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Onions, finely chopped, 1/4 cup
  • Cornflour, 1 tsp dissolved in 1/4 cup water *
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground Pepper Powder, to taste
Method:

Using a brush apply a little oil on the capsicum, then pierce it with a skewer or fork and lightly roast  the capsicum over a flame by turning it till the skin blackens evenly.



Place the roasted capsicum in a bowl of water and after it cools remove the skin by rubbing the capsicum with your fingers


Also remove the stem and seeds. Chop the capsicum finely and keep aside
In a mixer, grind together the sweet corn kernels, milk and 3/4 cup of water to a smooth paste. Keep aside
Heat the butter/oil in a kadhai, add the finely chopped onions and saute on medium flame for 1-2 minutes
Add the roasted and chopped capsicum, mix well and saute on medium flame for a couple of minutes
To this add the ground corn mixture, mix well and cook on medium flame for 1-2 minutes stirring from time to time
Add 1/2 cup of water and the prepared cornflour-water, mix well and cook on medium flame till the soup thickens stirring continuously as otherwise the soup may get burnt at the bottom
Add salt, mix well and cook on medium flame for 1-2 minutes stirring continuously
Lastly, add the freshly ground pepper powder, sauces as per taste, mix well and serve hot.

*Tip: Do not dissolve the cornflour in hot water as it will then form lumps
* Once you add the cornflour slurry, it is essential that you stir continuously