Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Fassoulatha

Fassoulatha/Fassolada is a simple Greek Soup with white beans and vegetables .It is also known as "national food of Greeks".The basic ingredients are onion,carrots and celery and white beans.A version with black eyed beans is known as "Fassoulatha Mavromatika".I obtained a simple Fassoulatha recipe from here. It is a comforting soup and I made it with no changes at all.

Ingredients:
White Beans: 1/2 cup pre-soaked and cooked in pressure cooker.
Onion: 1 big
Carrot: 1 large
Celery Stalk: 1 big along with the leaves if any
Tomato: 1 medium,peeled and mashed OR 1/2 tbsp tomato paste

Spices as per taste
Chilli Powder/Cayenne Pepper
Oregano
Pepper

Salt

Preparation:
Finely chop the onion,carrot and celery.If using tomatoes,dip it in boiling water for a minute and then in a bowl of ice water and then peel off the skin and mash/paste it.Cook the pre-soaked beans in a pressure cooker or in a Dutch oven for 1.5 hours.I used a cooker.

Heat oil in a soup pot,Add the chopped onions,carrot and celery and saute for a few minutes.Add water,the cooked beans along with the cooked water if any,tomato paste,salt and the spices.Simmer till the vegetables are tender for about 15-20 minutes.Check for taste and adjust the spices and salt.

Serve with bread or anyother accompaniments.

I served it as such and it was a wholesome meal.I love trying out various soups and the ones with beans are always filling and comforting.The above estimate yields about 2-3 big bowls.

A warm bowl of fassoulatha is on its ways to Suganya of TastyPalettes where she is celebrating the Legume Love Affair -VI edition,an even started by Susan.

Another bowl warms Trupti's Winter Treat event along with my Cheesy Vegetable soup.

25 Comments:

Usha said...

I have never heard of this soup, but I love its simplicity and the ingredients you have used...will try this very soon, thanks for sharing this recipe and info !

Yasmeen said...

Soups looks very inviting and so filling with beans and carrots:)

DEESHA said...

wow girl .. yu always try different cusines .. looks very nice, the soup

anudivya said...

My my! I have never heard of this... I have to learn a lot from your everyday dishes...!

Uj said...

Soups looks filling and with veggies and beans. It can keep me going in this cold winter.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

soup looks yummy dear.. girl u make such unique and different dishes.. i wanna taste them all.

rekhas kitchen said...

yum yum nice filling good choice for winter dinner bookmarked

Red Chillies said...

I learn so many new recipe names here,Sweatha. Even though ingredients and combinations sound familiar, they have such unique names.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Everytime I come here you suprise me with a new recipe. Wow looks gr8 sounds healthy with those veggies.

SriLekha said...

looks yum and scrumptious!
join in the savory event going in my blog!

soma said...

Looks delicious & simple. AAAHHH a bowl of warm soup in this chill...

Soma(www.ecurry.com)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This sounds to be so different. nice recipe. Healthy too. Cool...

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!

Vaishali said...

Here in Washington we're in sub-freezing temperatures right now and I'd love nothing more than a bowl of that delicious soup. I do love the creamy texture of white beans in soup.

Priya said...

Soup with beans n veggies looks lovely n appetizing...

sowmya said...

new to me..looks yummy..

rekhas kitchen said...
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rekhas kitchen said...

wow thanks for your sweet comment dear

Madhuram said...

Though I have not heard of the word, I too prepare a similar white bean soup. I also puree some of the beans and it gives a nice creamy texture to the soup.

Cham said...

Another new reci to put in my list. Looks delicious with beans

Jude said...

Thanks for the info and recipe! I've never heard of this before.

Raaga said...

happy new year!

anudivya said...

Hey girlie... I would have preferred baked tofu with a lot of seasonings, just because the tempeh was too bland and it was difficult to season it.
And did not like the texture as much.

You can look for it in the refrigerated section, where they keep the miso material and tortillas.

Anonymous said...

This is a new soup to me..hmmm yummy and healthy..worth trying

Vij said...

This is somethin new to me. Yummy !

Wish you a happy n happy n happy new year. May all your dreams come true.

Bellini Valli said...

I have a love for all things Greek so this soup would be right up my alley.I have enjoyed browsing your blog so far. Welcome!!

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