March 17, 2007

Cream of Asparagus Soup


You will need:: 2 servings
1 lb green asparagus
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil
2 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock or 1 1/2 cup water.
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.
Salt to taste

1. Cut the thick stalk tips from the asparagus and chop the rest of the stalk into 1 inch pieces. Cut and reserve a couple of the tips for garnish. Cook the tips in boiling water till tender and keep aside.

2. Cook onion in butter in a heavy pot over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened. Add asparagus pieces and salt and pepper to taste, then cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Add the broth and simmer, covered, until asparagus is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Alternately, just use a pressure cooker and cook for one whistle.

3. Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth, transferring to a bowl and return to the pan. Use caution when blending hot liquids as they tend to splash. Stir in the milk, then add the cream and more broth to thin soup to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add lemon juice after the soup is removed from the flame and has slightly cooled. Alternately, you could add a spoon of plain yogurt for the sourness. Garnish with asparagus tips.
This tastes the best when fresh and doesn't hold up well in the refrigerator.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey, i feel like stiring it up and seeing what's inside...
my guess is its gothambu(wheat)payasam(pudding??)
ya, after stiring i'am eating it too;)
ki

Bharathy. said...

Some cooked and mashed form of a green veg made into a curry?padavalam(snake gourd)?peechinga(bottle gourd)huh!!Any form of green veg cream soup?..

Manjula said...

Spinach or Green peas soup?

Sandeepa said...

You got clever..no clue in the URL :(
Spinach ?? but I don't know much about Kerala cuisine, must be some exotic ingred

archana said...

cream of asparagus soup?

Anonymous said...

....mmmmm....Either Green pea soup or Broccoli soup?

Rg.

Inji Pennu said...

moongdal payasam?

Inji Pennu said...

haha! I saw your reflection on the spoon. You have short hair:)

Jyothsna said...

spinach soup?

RP said...

spinach? asparagus? wish i could sniff it.

Richa said...

cream of peas soup?
but i also feel there is some kind of dal in it!!

Anonymous said...

squished moong ki kadi - nitu

Patience and Gratitude said...

Cream of spinach soup with some pumpkin or something

Shilpa. said...

oooh, somehow i feel there is some urad dal in that soup, but is the source of greenness coriander and green chilli? I know my combination sounds weird, but it looks that way to me, of course with other ingredients I can't identify.

Dilip said...

~pondering~

Mallugirl said...

ki, if u stir up , u will still see the same thing.. no ,its not godumbu payasam.

Bharathi,, close enough.. its a green veggie soup.

sandeepa, no this has nothing to do with kerala!

archana, u are right on track.

rp, sniffing may not help.

Inji, u are smart but i am smarter.:)