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Monday, July 28, 2008

Garden Pea Soup

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Garden Peas have all been harvested this year. We got about 5 cups of shelled peas in all. Not a big harvest, but then, it has been pretty cold here till a few weeks ago. Thankfully, D did the harvesting and shelling of the peas as I find it terribly monotonous, and besides, my hands are full managing an infant and a bubbly little girl :)

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This pea soup is very simple, but quite hearty and open to variations. I used chives from my garden for garnish, but, scallions or any other favorite herbs can be used as well.

Just 5 ingredients: peas, onion, evaporated milk, chicken/vegetable stock, curry powder, with some water and salt to taste is all that is needed for this delicious soup. Plus, a pressure cooker - it really speeds things up.

Ingredients
3 cups fresh peas
½ onion coarsely chopped
1 chicken or vegetable bullion cube
1 can evaporated milk**
1 Tbsp Madras curry powder (or more if you like)
water as needed
salt to taste

**not condensed milk, which is sweetened usually and terribly thick

Preparation
  1. place the peas, onions, bullion cube in the pressure cooker and fill with about 4 to 5 cups of water; place the weight and allow to cook through
  2. when ready to take the weight off and open, use a potato masher or flat end of a ladle and mash up the peas and onions to preferred texture; alternately, purèe in a food processor till smooth
  3. turn up the heat to medium high, add the curry powder and the evaporated milk and stir well; allow to simmer till it comes together to desired thickness
  4. adjust salt to taste
  5. serve hot with simple oat biscuits

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4 Comments:

  • At 8:56 PM, Blogger Nags said…

    that looks so creamy! using evaporated milk seems like a nice idea. and its lovely that you have a garden of your own :)

     
  • At 2:54 AM, Anonymous Coffee Accessories said…

    Soup!ummmmmm............yummy!!!!!!
    I like all the soup but Garden pea soup is new for me.I'll make it soon.

     
  • At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Reena said…

    Hi..
    You do have a nice blog, explained in simple terms.. and thi soup looks yummy..
    One question, can we use dried peas for this soup. If so, how would you go about it.Thank you

     
  • At 8:58 AM, Blogger Sheela said…

    hi reena, dried peas can be sued - just soak them overnight and pressure cook them till mushy - the flavor will be different from fresh peas, of course.

     

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