Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vegetable Clear Soup with Quinoa | Soup Recipes

Occasionally I would like to have just soups for lunch. But I make sure that the soup is filling and satisfying as much as possible so that I do not feel hungry soon after. I feel the veg clear soup in restaurants are so light and perfect as an appetizer. But to make the veg clear soup as a complete meal, there has to be carbohydates, fat and protein in addition to the goodness of veggies. Quinoa has higher protein content than rice and it provides complete protein, than any other grains. So I am trying to substitute or add quinoa with rice whenever possible.

Serves - 2
Quinoa - cooked - 1 cup
Homemade/Store-bought Vegetable Stock - 4 cups (Click here for home made stock recipe)
Carrots - sliced - 1/2 cup
Cauliflower florets - 1/2 cup
Frozen Peas - 1/2 cup
Broccoli florets- 1/2 cup
Cabbage - julienned - 1/2 cup
Salt & Pepper - to taste
In a wide saucepan, heat 1/2 tsp of oil and saute the vegetables in high heat for about 2 to 3 mins. Reduce the heat to medium and add the vegetable stock and cooked quinoa. Allow it to boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to serve.
For Homemade Vegetable Stock:
Inspired from Vahchef
Vegetable Peels - washed - about a cup
Ginger - sliced - about 2" piece
Garlic cloves - 3 or 4
Green onions - 5 - chopped into 2
Cilantro stems - 10
Cut vegetables - carrot, cauliflower, cabbage (anything you have at hand)
Onions - 1" cubes - 1/2 cup
Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp or to taste
Water - 6 to 8 cups
Boil water in a big pot and add all the ingredients and allow it boil. When it boils over, reduce the heat to the lowest and allow it to cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs uncovered. The stock would have reduced and be full of flavor. Turn off heat and strain all the veggies. Discard the veggies and use the stock. You may store the stock in fridge in a glass container for up-to 2 weeks. Alternatively you can divide into small portions and freeze.
Sending this healthy soup to Light Lunches event by Supriya.

Sending this to Srivalli's Soups and Salads Mela


  1. That a healthy recipe ..looks gud n colourful

  2. Soup looks so healthy and delicious..

  3. Love the bowl of soup. very filling.

  4. A Filling and yummy bowl of the colors in it...

  5. Flavourful n appetizing! I can have one full bowl even when I am full and it's midnight here :D
    US Masala

  6. clear soup with soft colors of veggies looks healthy and delicious

  7. I too posted a soup today...ur verg clear soup sounds and looks yumm and comforting for this weather

  8. Healthy and wholesome...sound very comforting...

  9. Lovely looking colorful recipe. Excellent preparation.

  10. Seriously feel like finishing that beautiful and inviting soup rite now, very comforting!

  11. Very delicious. Thanks for the stock recipe.

  12. comforting looking soup. It has all my fav ingredients. inviting clicks
    Hamaree Rasoi

  13. Lovely and colorful bowl, looks amazing.

  14. I m having this almost everyday..I add oats to it sometimes..looks perfect..:)

  15. Healthy & a comforting bowl of soup Krithi!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  16. Flavorful and yummy bowl of soup..yum

  17. wow, that is such a great idea to have quinoa in the soup :)

  18. வாவ்...ரொம்ப சூப்பராக இருக்கு..எனக்கு ரொம்ப பிடித்து இருக்கு...

  19. Wow Kirthi,

    You plating and photography is awesome. (

  20. I love clear soups :D Yours looks awesome :)

  21. very healthy and delicious soup..wonderful clicks..


  22. Quinoa is such a healthy food. Love the idea of adding it to the soup. Looks appetizing.

  23. perfect for the light lunch mood - veggies n quinoa packs an awesome punch !!

  24. comforting food. would be glad to try a bowl :)

  25. Perfect healthy soup. I never had quinoa before but looking at this soup .. it's sure tempting me to go and buy !

  26. Healthy combo and looks yummy!

  27. This looks so inviting!..thank you.

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