Broccoli isn't very frequent at our home, but it started making more appearances after arrival of our Lil Bun. He eats it happily ( touch-wood and prayers for it to stay the same).
Hubby dear isn't much a fan of broccoli so i was surprised when i saw him devouring on Broccoli Almond soup during our recent visit to India.
After all the fat accumulation on the waist at the end of the trip, it was a high time for us to go a bit healthy. So while trying to include more salads and soups in our meals i have been looking for and trying new alternatives. And one fine day looking at Broccoli in the fridge, it clicked me why not to try this soup. It is simple, easy and nutritious. And what's more to it is Lil Bun and his dad both liked and devoured it. Success.
It also got almonds, which we love. They are not only protein filled but also considered good for brain. I ate lots of almonds while i was pregnant and so whenever lil Bun does anything smart leaving us all surprised, we go something like "There goes all the almonds i ate!" hehe
We use the roasted ones in the recipe to bring out complete flavour.
I followed recipe from Tarla Dalal with a little bit of twist to accommodate our taste preferences.
So here we go.
Let's collect Ingredients:
2 cups chopped broccoli (incl. stalks and florets)
1/2 cup chopped Onions
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp chopped celery
1/2 tsp garlic salt (optional)
1/2 tsp cornflour dissolved in 1/2 cup milk
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp almond paste ( i left almonds in warm water for a few mins till it was a bit soft and then crushed it in blender)
1 tbsp roasted almond slivers
Salt to taste
Few Cilantro leaves or a few almond slivers.
Let's start making some soup:
1. Heat 2 cups water in a deep pan, Add Broccoli stalks to it and cook on a medium flame for 5 mins.
2. Add Broccoli florets, onions, Garlic, Celery and salt (a bit less than final quantity if like us you like a bit garlicky taste and are going to include garlic salt). Mix well and cook for 3-4 mins, while stirring continuously.
3. Remove it from the flame and allow it to cool a little.
4. Blend it with a hand blender till smooth.
5. Add the cornflour-milk mixture, garlic salt (optional), almond paste. Cook on a medium flame for 2-3 mins, while stirring continuously.
6. Add ground pepper, roasted almond slivers. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for another minute.
7. Serve hot, garnished with almond slivers.