Winter vegetable soup

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes, Starter | Tags: , , |

This hearty lentil based soup has warm flavours making it very appealing throughout your pregnancy. The potatoes and beans add extra carbohydrates while the vegetables provide the required vitamins, minerals and fibre.
It is a great one dish meal when you are lactating too. Simply assemble everything in a pot and let it simmer away while you attend to your little one.

Cooking Time : 1 hour.
Preparation Time : 20 mins.

Serves 6.

Ingredients
3 tablespoons black-eyed beans (chawli)
1/3 cup french beans, chopped
1/3 cup carrot, cubed
1/3 cup potato, cubed
1/3 cup cauliflower florets
1/3 cup tomato cubes, without seeds
3/4 cup shredded cabbage
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons celery stalks , chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon butter
salt to taste
pepper to taste
For the garnish
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons cheese
Method
1. Soak the black-eyed beans in water for 3 to 4 hours. Drain and keep aside.
2. Heat the butter in a pan and sauté the onion, celery and bay leaves lightly. Add the french beans, carrots, potatoes and cauliflower and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Add 6 cups of water and simmer on a medium flame for 30 to 45 minutes until the beans are tender.
4. Add the cabbage and tomato and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
5. Add salt and pepper.
6. Serve hot, garnished with the chopped parsley and grated cheese.
Tips
Chawli beans are also called haricot beans or lobhia beans and are available at most grocery stores.
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