Warm the Soul With a Spicy Winter Ayurvedic Soup

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Even though it’s the beginning of Spring, here in the UK many of us feel like we’re living in the arctic. What better way that to warm up the body that with a wonderful spicy Ayurvedic soup. This recipe Serves 4 – 6  It’s a soup is packed with flavor and easy to make. You can peel the sweet potato and squash, if desired. However, many nutrients are just under the skin of vegetables and the skin on both of these should be tender enough to enjoy, once they are cooked. On the squash, you can peel away any bumps or knobby parts.  There are several options for finishing the soup. The first way is just chunkspotato and squash, as prepared here. However, you can use a potato masher and coarsely mash up the chunks to a mushy consistency. You can also purée the soup in your blender for a smooth, creamy dish. Sprinkle with chives or chopped fresh cilantro and/or some of the red pepper, chopped finely, for a little color.  Serve with chapatis, freshly browned corn tortillas, or toasted slices of whole grain bread with ghee.

Doshic Notes
Vata :: Pacifies/reduces the dosha
Pitta :: Pacifies/reduces the dosha
Kapha :: Can imbalance, use low-fat options on the mil


Winter Vegetable Soup

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 leek, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbs. curry powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 sweet dumpling squash (also called winter or carnival squash), de-seeded and cubed
1 sweet potato, cubed
4 to 5 curry leaves
1 cup milk, soy milk, or low-fat unsweetened coconut milk
Black pepper, to taste

PREPARATION: Sauté the leek, garlic, onion, and bell pepper in the olive oil until the onion is translucent, 8 – 10 minutes.  Stir in the sweet potato, squash, curry leaves, salt, and curry powder. Add water just to cover and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered 20 – 25 minutes until the squash is tender.  Add the milk, stir, and heat to just below boiling. Then stir in fresh-ground black pepper to taste and serve.


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