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Monday, January 18, 2010

Pineapple and Spinach Chunky Soup

No yak yak this time! Been really busy, missed wishing all of you a happy pongal! I did make venpongal, sarkarai pongal, and puli gojju. Abhi loved them (didn't give her the gojju, of course).Hubby is on a tight schedule and that means less respite for me even in the evenings. Add to that a nagging headache that just refuses to completely go. And, call it post pregnancy blues (they do continue this long ?)or whatever, I feel someone wound a tight band around my forhead and wont let go! But decided to post this tonight 'cause I've promised Usha of Veg Inspirations an entry for her first food event. And, she is one nice person I've met through food blogging.

Pineapple (really ripe) - 1 cup (chopped)
Spinach - 1 small bunch
Beans - a few
Carrot - 1 medium sized
Ginger - 1/2" (chopped fine)
Green chillies - 4 (more or less)
Coconut milk - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Garam masala - 1/4 teaspoon
Olive oil - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

Optional seasoning

Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Canola oil - 1 teaspoon

Chop all veggies into bite sized chunks, saute for a few minutes in olive oil. Add the water and 1/2 the coconut milk. simmer till veggies are almost done. Throw in the spinach along with the rest of the coconut milk, salt, and the garam masala. Simmer till spinach wilts.Add salt to taste.

Crackle the mustard seed and add if you opt for the seasoning. I loved this soup made on the go to save an over ripened pineapple from ending up in the waste bin.Its spicy, tangy, and sweet!

Off this goes to Usha's "Healthy Inspirations Event-Soups" that's on at http://www.veginspirations.com/2010/01/event-announcement.html


Asha said...

sweet and spicy soup, what a great combo and healthy too.

Usha said...

What an unique combination of flavors, I cannot wait to try this one! I am impressed that you manage to make so many different variety of foods with the type of tight schedule you have these days...

Thanks so much for sharing this soup with the Healthy inspirations event and even more for the kind words in your post !

meeso said...

The soup sounds lovely with wonderful flavors... I hope you feel better soon!

Superchef said...

pineapple and spinach..now, that must be one interesting combination!

sowmya.s said...

nice soup with unusual ingredients..yumm..

Cham said...

Very different soup with pineapple!

Tina said...

Pineapple and spinach...never tried this combination dear....Soup sounds yummy.

Parita said...

Wow what an unusual combination!!

Preety said...

soup looks yummy

Babli said...

Pineapple soup is absolutely new for me. Looks delicious and tempting. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

Valarmathi said...

Different soup, looks delicious.

SriLekha said...

looks so yummy!

Yasmeen said...

Chunky pineapples in the soup sounds interesting.
Headaches can be nagging.Do get good sleep whenever you can.kisses to the little one :D

small cabin plans said...

This is really one chunky soup! I like the combination of the ingredients. Delish!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Pineapple, ginger and coocnut milk very strange combo but the soup looks very clear and neat!!! Love to have a bowl!!!

Jagruti said...

Hey First time here

pineapple and spinach unusual combination..looks yummy and very colourful..must try it out..


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Malar Gandhi said...

WOw, sounds so unique...never had them before' sounds very interesting to me:) Love it:)

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