An easy recipe for the light and healthy, Indian-style clear vegetable soup in a lemon and coriander/cilantro flavored broth. It’s a vitamin C rich, immunity boosting vegan soup. It’s usually made with vegetable broth but you can use a protein packed chicken stock for an enhanced flavor and texture.
At the end of summer, perfectly timed with Ganpati Bappa’s arrival, I landed in my hometown, Pune, to spend some quality time with my mom and dad. With the pandemic, just like everyone else, I hadn’t visited my parents in over 3 years and seized the first opportunity I got to make a quick trip back home. As always, I had the most wonderful time with Ganpati festivities at home, meeting extended family, hanging out with my cousins, and catching up with friends. Of course, food was at the forefront of it all – eating at home or going out to food joints, old and new ones – resulting in me eating my heart out! One of the things I ordered a lot when eating out at restaurants during this recent trip was the humble but extremely popular Lemon Coriander Soup that I had long forgotten about! When I lived in India, I used to order it at restaurants all the time.
Key Ingredients for Lemon Coriander Soup
This quick and easy clear soup can be whipped up for lunch or dinner at the last minute with just two key ingredients – lemon juice and finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves (commonly known as coriander in India). In addition to these two, you’ll find finely chopped vegetables like cabbage, carrots, green beans or haricot verts, etc. floating in a mild, yet delicious broth that gets its zesty flavor from the aromatics like green onions, garlic and of course, the lemon juice. I like to add in thinly sliced green chili or two for some heat but otherwise the soup doesn’t have any spices other than the basic salt – pepper seasonings. Vegetable broth is mostly used to make the soup, which is what makes the soup vegan, however, I prefer to use chicken stock as it contains protein, which is absent in the vegetable broth. In addition to the protein, I also think it enhances the overall flavor and texture of the soup, but of course, you can keep it vegan by making it with vegetable broth. However you make it, I promise, this soup will warm your heart and brighten your mood!
Health Benefits of Lemon Coriander Soup
It’s light, healthy, immunity-boosting, and rich in vitamins, thanks to the use of two key ingredients – lemon and coriander or cilantro – I experienced first hand the numerous health benefits that the soup offers . While I was vacationing in Pune, I literally gorged on this delicious soup at restaurants whenever I found it on the menu. It was the perfect appetizer to start with and helped me stay well throughout the duration of my trip, so I could make the most of my time there. Just like everyone else, I didn’t want to fall sick on my vacation and I also didn’t want to put on too many vacation lbs – and this soup definitely helped me achieve both my goals! I returned home to the Bay Area just in time for thesoup season and also the dreaded flu season. To ensure we stay healthy during this season, I have been making pots of this childhood favorite soup almost every week and feeding the whole family! It was also great for detoxing after all theDiwali eatings.
Stay fit and healthy during the sniffling season and make this quick and easy soup regularly. I’ve linked a short video below that I put together for you that you can follow and easily whip up this signature concoction in your own kitchen.
Hi I’m Vasanti
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I share a modern take on Indian cuisine made using nontraditional techniques and ingredients, while staying true to its authenticity. You’ll also find classic recipes from my beloved Maharashtrian culture and heritage.