The origins of this soup, will always be a mystery to me...:)
My mother was visiting my brother, sis-in-law and niece in London last year, when she had a similar fresh soup out of a carton. She read the contents and tried to recreate this at home.
The final result was so very cool, that I dint care if this matched the original version...:)
So heres the mystery soup for all of you.
Serves: 3 - 4 people
1/2 onion, cubed
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 potato, cubed
1/2 tomato, cubed
3 inch pumpkin, cubed
1/2 small bunch coriander leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 carrot, cubed
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup split orange lentils / masoor dal
1/2 tsp butter
3/4 cup milk
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Step 1: Pressure cook the cubed onions, potatoes, tomato, pumpkin, coriander leaves, carrot, garlic cloves and split orange lentils. Puree them and keep aside
Step 2: Take a vessel and heat the butter in it. Add in the chopped onions and saute on slightly high flame till they are brownish. Add in the pureed veggies and milk and let it boil. Add water to get the consistency you desire. Add in salt and pepper.
You can have this soup with some nice toasted bread...or some really soft fresh bread. It tastes great either ways.
You need to cook the coriander leaves with the other veggies, this totally enhances the flavour of this soup. Try not to alter or avoid this step. Its quite strategically critical !! :)