Spinach and labneh soup

Spinach soup can be delicious if made with the right ingredients. Yup, you read it right! It doesn’t need to be a bitterly bland food. Rather, it can be converted into a bowl-licking treat.

I never really liked spinach soup (because I always associated it having it when unwell) until I tried this version of making it.

This recipe always yields a fool-proof delicious result, laden with the goodness of iron and all the other nutrients that a humble bunch of spinach can provide.

So the next time a flash of green catches your eye at the grocers, go ahead and get the spinach for this soup-erlicious treat.

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[Partially adapted from: Veg recipes of India]

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • Spinach: 2 cups, washed and chopped
  • Red onion: ¼ cup, chopped
  • Tomato: 1/2 small, chopped
  • Garlic: 1 clove, crushed and minced
  • Gram flour: 1 tbsp
  • Cumin powder: ¼ tsp
  • Bay leaf: 1, small
  • Water: 2 cups
  • Olive oil: 1 tbsp
  • Labneh (or greek yoghurt): 1/8 cup
  • Black pepper powder: 1 tbsp (adjust as per taste preference)
  • Salt: To taste

Method:

  1. Heat oil on medium-low flame, add the bay leaf and let the spice infuse with the oil for a few seconds
  2. Add garlic and sauté till it is light brown and fragrant. Ensure that it does not burn
  3. Add onions and tomatoes and cook till they soften
  4. Toss in the chopped spinach and stir to evenly distribute it with garlic and onion
  5. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Add gram flour and mix well for even distribution
  7. Stir in 2 cups of water, give a quick mix and bring the mixture to boil
  8. Once it starts boiling, reduce flame and simmer for 3-4 minutes for the flavours to strengthen further
  9. Add cumin powder and mix
  10. Switch off flame and let the mixture cool to a reasonable heat
  11. Remove the bay leaf, and add the labneh (or greek yoghurt)
  12. Blitz the mixture into a satin smooth liquid
  13. Adjust the seasoning as needed
  14. Reheat the solution for an additional 2-3 minute and serve piping hot with some good crusty rustic bread

Note: You can add some water after blending the mixture if the solution is too thick

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