The first idea that comes to mind as soon as you say soup is tomato soup. Yes!! It is the flavour of the day.
My arm surely hurts like hell, with the recent covid shot, so no way is I lifting it up for some heavy-duty cooking. Plus, it is a soup kinda day!! So this all in, nourishing vegetable tomato soup with rice makes it work. When I say it works, it doesn’t compromise on flavour.
Here are some reasons you will love it.
- It has the Indian shroba flavours -Indian shorbas ( soups) have some fragrant whole spices in them that lift you up as you smell the aroma of the soup, like the lauki shorba we did earlier. Perfect for my kind of day today. The bay leaf, ginger, black cardamom, cinnamon etc give warmth to this vegetable tomato and rice soup.
- It is quick and easy- rice is perhaps the quickest cooking grain, along with the easily cooking shredded veggies, the soup making is very quick and thereby perfect for the day you want to eat healthy with minimal work.
- Hide in a fridge full of veggies in it – In this vegetable tomato and rice soup, I have added carrots, cabbage, zucchini and peas. It is totally up to what you have in the fridge to be added to this recipe. Finely chopped beans, corn, shredded cauliflower pumpkin, squash etc also work well in this recipe.
- Easy on the digestive system with the soft cooked rice -The vegetables and the rice are cooked in the juices of the tomato that creates a lot of flavour yet it is a light broth consistency and whole nourishing effect that this soup has.
- It has no preservatives or canned stuff the fresh veggies, spices and rice is what makes this recipe. There are no cans opened, cream added or coconut milk added to this soup.
- Make it instant pot, pressure cooker or a saucepan- Choose the mode of cooking. The soup makes perfect sense in an instant pot. Pretty much, saute, liquids in, veggies snd rice and cook works for all the three methods. Check the recipe card for the details of each method.
- It is lean and nourishing so many vegetables, basic tomato, spices and broken rice, that’s it in this soup. So it is absolutely simple and nourishing. Since there is no heavy cream, cheese, milks or nut butter, the soup is zero oil and fat-free. Use the recipe if you are on a weight loss journey as well.
Vegetable tomato and rice soup.
- Pressure cooker
- 1 tsp ghee / clarified butter
- 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 cloves
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- 1 black cardamom
- 1 small bay leaf
- 1/4 tsp fresh ginger root grated
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 small red onion
- 1/2 cup Cabbage shredded
- 1/4 cup carrots minced
- 1/4 cup french beans chopped small
- 1/4 cup zucchini chopped small
- 3 medium Tomato
- 1/4 cup Raw rice (I have used broken red rice)
- 5 cups drinking water
- salt to taste
- 1 stalk spring onions chopped fine.
- 1 tsp coriander leaves chopped
In the pressure cooker
- Set the pressure cooker on medium heat, Add the ghee followed by the spices.
- Once they are aromatic, Add the ginger garlic and redonions.
- Saute them till translucent.
- Then add the vegetables and saute.
- Add the chopped tomatoes agnd give it a couple of minutes to cook.
- Pressure cook for 3 whistles and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Let the pressure release naturally.
- Stir and mash the soup when the pressure cooker is open.
- Add the sliced spring onion and corinader leaves.
- Serve the soup warm
In the Instant pot.
- In the saute mode, Add the ghee followed by the spices.
- Once they are aromatic, Add the chopped ginger garlic and red onions.
- Saute well till the onions are translucent, Add the shedded and chopped vegetables.
- Saute for couple of minutes and add the chopped tomatoes.
- Add the water, salt and rice and mix well.
- Set on pressure cooker mode and cook for 20 minutes.
- Let the steam off naturally.
- Once the steam valve is released, add in the sliced spring onion and corinader leaves.
- Mix well and serve warm.
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Hope you enjoy this recipe as I relax a bit today. Hope to see you soon at the next post. Meanwhile, when you try some of my recipes, it will be a pleasure if you can tag #mildlyindian to your images on social media. I will love to hear your feedback when you make this simple recipe.
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