Thursday 18 December 2014

Finger Millet & Cream of Corn soup with Stir Fried Veggies

Last week went completely packed with family get togethers and celebrations. After all those heavy party foods, creamy cakes I was longing for something light, quick yet simple and fulfilling for my meal. So decided to make a steaming bowl of cream of corn and finger millet soup along with some exotic stir fried veggies tossed in an oriental garlic vinaigrette.

Finger millet and cream of corn soup
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 2-3 tbsp finger millet flour (ragi)
  • 1 tbsp butter+ 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 small finely chopped onion (optional)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup green garlic chives
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • Mix finger millet flour along with 5-6 tbsp lukewarm water to make a thick lump free paste, keep aside.
  • In a pan heat butter and olive oil, add minced garlic, saute till you get mild aroma.
  • Add chopped onions and saute for 2-3 minutes or till tender.
  • Add sweet corn, cook for a minute, add milk and ragi paste and let it cook for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously to avoid any lumps.
  • Add water, salt, black pepper, garlic chives and let it boil for another 2-3 minutes or till you get the consistency right.
  • Garnish with garlic chives and serve hot.

Stir fried vegetables:
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced + 2 more for dressing
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 7-8 button mushrooms sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper deseeded and julienned
  • 1 yellow bell pepper deseeded and julienned
  • 5-6 baby corns cut into halves
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets.
  • 1/4 cup green beans cut into halves
  • 1 carrot julienned
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp olive oil for dressing
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Few garlic chives to garnish

  • Blanch broccoli florets, carrots and green beans for 2-3 minutes in hot water, drain and pat dry. Keep aside.
  • Heat a pan, add oil, rotate the pan and coat it evenly with the oil.
  • Add minced garlic and onion, cook for a minute.
  • Add all the vegetables and fry for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously.
  • Add soya sauce, salt  and mix well, turn off flame.
  • Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, minced garlic and black pepper, and pour on the fried vegetables.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and garlic chives.
  • Serve hot.

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