Roasted tomato soup

This the season to have hot soups!! January calls for this hearty Roasted Tomato Soup.

I recently did a poll on Instagram between Roasted Tomato Soup and Lemon Coriander Soup.  Roasted Tomato Soup was the clear winner with 57% votes. I love it when readers participate and give me their views. Please let me know if you would like to see any other recipe on the blog too. I would also love to feature your recipes on blog with your name. If you have any interesting recipes, mail me on nishubes@gmail.com and get featured.



Getting back to this delicious and healthy soup, by popular demand, I am sharing recipe of one of my favourite soups in this post today"Roasted Tomato Soup".


I love the kind of comfort and warmth soups provide during chilly weather. With its bright orange colour, it is sure to become your favourite too. It is thick, creamy, garlicky, tangy and full of smoky tomato flavour. I guarantee that you will never wanna get back to regular tomato soup. I really like to keep the consistency of this soup quite thick but you can always thin it down if you so wish.



Its perfect to make when you have people coming over. You just let oven do its job and char tomatoes and onion. Then all you have to do is blend it and serve. It pairs well with my quick dinner recipes like Pesto fusili with cherry tomatoes, Penne Arabiatta, Mushroom and Pepper tacos with hummus and also appetisers like Roasted Potato wedges, Tandoori Vegetable Tikka and Hassleback Cheese potatoes.





Healthy, creamy,tangy and satisfying Roasted Tomato Soup! 

Ingredients

7-8 tomatoes- cut into quarters
2 Onions- cut into quarters
3 cloves of peeled garlic
2 Tbsp extra virgin oil
Salt to taste
1/2 Tsp black pepper powder
1/2 Tsp chili flakes
1-2 Tsp sugar
1 Tbsp butter
3 cups veg stock/water

Method

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

On a baking tray, spread chopped onion,tomato and garlic. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt, black pepper powder.

Roast in oven for 20-30 minutes on 250 degrees till tomatoes get a nice char and start releasing juices.

Transfer to a pot and add veg stock/water along with red chilli flakes and sugar. Blend with a hand blender until smooth.

Return pot to gas stove and heat on medium flame. Add butter and adjust the seasonings.

Garnish with cheese and coriander leaves. Serve hot



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3 layer winter smoothie

This 3 layered winter smoothie is a bomb! Made with seasonal winter fruits like strawberries, guava, black grapes and oranges, its refreshing and really delicious. Its inspired by my recent trip to Dubai. With three gorgeous white, pink and orange layer, it kept me full and hydrated for long hours during the trip.


Some might wonder that I post lot of recipes of smoothies. I love them! They are so easy to make and serves as a nourishing and substantial meal at any time of the day. All you to have to do is spin your favourite fruits and vegetables in the blender and you get creamy,naturally sweet smoothies.


Winter is at its peak in India. I am reminiscing about my childhood spent in Rajasthan at my mother's house. We loved soaking the sun on the garden porch and munching delicious amrood (guava), oranges, grapes, mooli and gajar. Oh my! I can go on and on about winters!


To say that every year,I literally gorge on strawberries during this time would be an understatement. I have so many recipes on the blog using strawberries. To name a few, Strawberry brownie trifle, Strawberry Rabdi (indian pudding), Strawberry and almond meal cake, Strawberry and beetroot salad, Strawberry and Pineapple smoothie.


This smoothie is quick to make and requires just 6 ingredients.

Creamy, satisfying, refreshing, naturally sweet and delicious 3 layered smoothie!

Serves : 1
Type : Beverage,Breakfast

Ingredients

1 cup black grapes
1 whole banana
1 cup strawberries
1 guava
Juice of 1 orange
2 Tsps Maple syrup/honey

Method

1st layer- Grapes

Roughly chop grapes and blend  with 1 tsp of maple syrup,orange juice and half banana.

Take a smoothie jar, and add this mixture.

2nd layer- Guava

Peel off the skin,roughly chop guava and get rid of seeds.

Add in a blender and mix with some water. Transfer this mixture in the jar.

3rd layer- Strawberry

Blend together chopped strawberries, half banana and maple syrup.

Garnish with fresh mint and some fruits and serve immediately



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Bruschetta bar

Its New Years eve tomorrow! I love hosting the party at home and bringing in the new year with my close friends and family members. 

Bruschetta bar is my go to appetiser cum dinner whenever I am having people over. It  satisfies both sweet and savoury taste buds. Its easy, quick to build up and hardly needs any effort. It is sure to impress your guests. Everyone will love it!



Combinations are endless. Toasted slices of bread are served on a board with various dips,spreads,cheese,fruits and veggies of your choice. Its winter season right now so fruits like strawberries, oranges, grapes,guava,figs can be used. During summer I'd use peaches, cherries, melon and mangoes.




Here's some of my favourite bruschetta combos which I have shared in this post

Pesto+marinated cherry tomatoes+feta cheese

Strawberry+feta+basil+balsamic vinegar

Caramelised onion+pesto+feta

Mexican salsa

Banana+honey+walnuts

Guava+gouda cheese+honey

Ingredients

Basil Pesto (Recipe here)
Caramelised onion (Recipe here)
Mexican salsa
1/2 cup marinated cherry tomatoes
1 cup strawberries- halved
1-2 Guava-sliced
1 Banana-sliced
slices of cheese
Manuka Honey
8-10 Walnuts
Basil leaves

Method

Pesto+marinated cherry tomatoes+ feta

For marinated cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes in halves and mix with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Spread pesto on toasted bread and top with cherry tomatoes and feta cheese.

Strawberry+feta+basil+balsamic vinegar

Spread feta cheese generously on toasted bread and top with sliced strawberries, basil and tiny bit of balsamic vinegar.

Caramelised onion+feta+pesto

Spread caramelised onion on toasted bread and top with feta cheese and pesto

Mexican salsa

To make salsa, finely chop onion and tomato. Now add chopped coriander, salt, red chili powder, lemon juice and mix together.

Spread salsa over the toasted bread

Banana+honey+walnuts

Arrange sliced banana, walnuts on bread and drizzle honey.

Guava+ gouda cheese+honey

Arrange cheese slices and guava over toasted bread.







I also like adding hummus, green goodness coriander hummus, muhammara, cream cheese, guacamole, sour cream, marinara sauce in my bruschetta bar along with other toppings like sauteed mushrooms, bell peppers, figs, pomegranate.



Some points to remember

Ensure that you toast your bread crisp. Its best to toast bread on a hot griddle without using any oil or butter.

Fruits and cheese go really well together. For instance, feta cheese goes well with fruits like guava,strawberry,figs and grapes.





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Roasted Beetroot and Orange salad


Most beautiful time of the year is here! Keeping up with the Christmas spirit, today I am sharing  recipe of this vibrant beetroot salad which bursts with flavour. Almost melt in your mouth beets are teamed with fresh oranges,pickled onion, mint leaves, feta cheese and topped with a delicious simple dressing. This salad is a total winner!


This salad is inspired by this delicious beetroot salad I recently had in Dubai. Out of the many salads that I had there, this was my absolute favourite. Like always, I obviously had to improvise and add feta cheese. Its amazing how feta just makes almost every dish more delicious. It goes so well with the sweet beetroots and perfectly balances the entire dish with its tang.

You can also throw in greens like baby spinach, lettuce and nuts for and seeds for texture.


Apart from having a beautiful pink colour, beetroot has numerous health benefits too. Beetroot is a rich source of antioxidant, lowers blood pressure and its almost fat free. Beetroot is also high in fibre,iron and potassium. Beetroot is usually perceived as a boring vegetable but it can be used in so many different ways. Try it in soups, salads, cake,stews for not only its gorgeous colour but also sweet earthy taste.






Ingredients

3 beetroots
segments of two oranges
1 sliced onion (soaked in lemon juice and little sugar)
1/2 cup pomegranate kernels
few mint leaves
Crumbs  of feta cheese

Dressing
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp orange juice
salt to taste
black pepper


Method

Place beetroots in aluminium foil and drizzle some olive oil, salt and black pepper. Fold it up and bake in oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes or until tender.

Once done, peel off the skin and cut in small dices.

To serve, add diced beets on a plate and top with pickled onion,  pomegranate, orange segments, mint leaves and feta cheese.

For dressing, whisk together olive oil, honey, lemon juice, orange juice, salt and pepper.

Pour 2-3 tsp  of dressing over the salad and serve.


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Cucumber and mint cooler



Who doesn't love a chilled drink in this hot weather!

Cucumber and mint cooler happened over dinner last night. I made it as an accompaniment to Tandoori Vegetable Tikkas for dinner. Marinated in lush yoghurt based sauce, these tikkas burst with smoky flavour. We happily devoured these tikkas which were wrapped up in Indian style flatbreads aka chapati along with good dollop of Cilantro yoghurt sauce. As yum as these tikkas were, this cooler really stole the show last night.


Did you know that cucumber has great health benefits? Because cucumber is made of 95% water, its a great way of hydrating your body too. While in transit, if you run out of water, cucumbers come in handy to make up for water. Might I also add that cucumber is great for detoxification too. You can make a big batch of this drink sans sugar in the morning and make your own detox water to gulp all day.

So basically,  as it turns out cucumber is not just good for fighting dark circles or curing those acnes, its delicious in drinks too and has amazing health benefits.


Honestly, I never thought that boring cucumber which I have always eaten in the form of salad or as a finger food with dips could be so amazing in a drink. Its all about experimenting. There are times when they don't work but its nice when the end result is so amazing. This drink is so easy and can be made in minutes. Perfect when you have last minute guests coming over. Also perfect when you don't have last minute guests :D

This drink is a crowd pleaser and will woo your guests! It's

Fresh
Hydrating
Delicious
Natural Detoxifier
Healthy
Sweet and Sour

Ingredients

2 large cucumbers
5 glasses water
8 Tsp sugar
juice of 2 whole lemons
15-20 mint leaves
1/2 Tsp rock salt

Method

Roughly chop one cucumber and blend in a processor with mint leaves and some water.

Strain this cucumber juice.

Take a big pot/jar and add 5 glasses of water. Mix strained juice,sugar,lemon juice, salt in water and keep in refrigerator for atleast one hour.

Make sure sugar is dissolved through.

Before serving, finely chop one cucumber and add in the drink.

Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled.


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