Saturday, November 15, 2008

Creamy Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

This is another simple soup that I make.Its nothing fancy and will not go down well with those,who do not like the sweetness and tanginess that red bell pepper brings.But still its worth a try.So here it is.

Red Bell Pepper: 2
Onion: 1 medium
Garlic: 1-2 cloves
Butter: 2 tbsp
Coriander Leaves: few sprigs
Tomato Paste/chopped: 1/2 tbsp/1 small chopped
Heavy Cream: 1/4 cup
Corn Starch: 2-3 tsp
Water/Stock: 1 cup

Salt & Pepper: as per taste
RedChilli flakes or any other spices as per taste

Cut the bell pepper lengthwise into 2 halves.Place each half,skin side up on a baking sheet.Place under broiler for 10-12 minutes, until the skin is charred and liquid oozes out of the bell pieces.Remove the bell pepper halves and seal them in a ziploc bag.Let them sweat inside the bag and cool,so that it becomes easier to peel them.If needed you can even freeze them for 10 minutes.Once they are easy to handle peel,them and chop them into small pieces.Chop onions finely and lightly crush garlic.Chop the coriander leaves as well.

Melt butter in a heavy bottomed pan,add onions and garlic and saute till raw smell disappears.Add bell pepper chopped,tomato paste and water/stock.Boil and then let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.Stir in spices and salt and coriander.Also add in cornstarch mixed in water to let it thicken.Simmer for a few more minutes.Stir in cream and let it heat through.Cool the soup for a few minutes and then blend in batches using a blender or food processer.

Serve with choice of accompaniments or as such.

I love soups and try different ones and this is one such.It brings out the flavour of red bell pepper.Filled with soup lets stop by the kitchens of fellow runners:

1) DK 2) Siri 3) Srivalli 4) Ranji 5)PJ 6)Medha 7)Priya 8)Bhawna 9)Raaji 10)Ruchii 11)Anu 12)Kamala 13)Roopa 14)Divya Kudua 15)Rekha 16)Divya M 17)Lakshmi 18)Raaga 19)LakshmiVenkatesh 20) Sripriya 21)Viji 22)Kamalika 23)Pavani 24)Karuna 25)Roochi


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