My cousin, Mugdha, asked me to post soup recipes in my blog. I love soups but I must confess I had not made any soup for Devansh till now. I always thought it won’t be filling enough for him. My mother has vegetable soup quite often and she’s fed it to Devansh sometimes. So I asked her for the recipe as “vegetable soup for babies and toddlers” is quite a widely searched soup recipe, and I thought I should include it in my blog. Mom boils a carrot, tomato, and cabbage, purees them, and then adds rock candy/sugar, salt and pepper powder. I prefer to eat soup where I can bite chunks of vegetables. Although apparently if you have soup with a spoon it’s called “eating soup”, even if it is clear. When you have soup from a mug it’s called “drinking soup”. I was always a little confused about the usage and now I know. Google maharaj ki jai. 😉
Anyways to get back to my soup, I decided against pureeing the vegetables. Also, now that Devansh is old enough to eat his food, pureeing the vegetables or mashing them finely was not needed. I also decided to add some clove and cinnamon in the soup to enhance its flavor. I avoid adding sugar in Devansh’s food and use jaggery most of the times. But I couldn’t possibly use jaggery to make this soup. 🙂 So I settled for rock candy (known as “khadisakhar” in Marathi) because it’s supposed to contain less chemicals than regular sugar. Coincidentally, yesterday I watched this episode of “Soup Nazi” in the best of Seinfeld. Where Sienfeld described soup sold by this eccentric soup vendor as, “You can’t eat this soup standing up, your knees buckle.” Now my soup had not quite achieved that kind of soup nirvana state but Devansh did like it and finished it all up like a good boy.
Recipe of healthy vegetable soup for babies, toddlers, and kids.
- 1 big carrot
- 1 small tomato
- 3-4 florets of cauliflower
- 8-10 green peas
- 1 inch piece of cabbage
- 1 clove
- 1 small piece of cinnamon
- 1 small piece of rock candy (or 1/4th tsp sugar)
- Pinch of black pepper powder
- Salt to taste
- Wash the vegetables thoroughly and then chop them into small pieces.
- Cook the chopped vegetables in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes (5-6 whistles).
- Mash the cooked vegetables finely or coarsely depending on your child’s age.
- Take 1 cup of water in a pan and add clove, cinnamon, and rock candy.
- Boil the water, and then add mashed vegetables, pepper powder, and salt. (Overcooking vegetables reduces their nutritional value. So I add vegetables after the water’s boiled.) (Note: It is recommended to avoid adding salt in babies' food till they turn one. However, in my case I found that Devansh just wouldn't eat his food without salt. Hence, I started adding little bit of salt in his food. You can decide whether you want to add salt or not after talking to your child's pediatrician.)
- Allow the soup to simmer for a minute and then turn off heat.
- Remove the clove and cinnamon from the soup.
- Add some butter on top before serving the soup.