Friday, February 10, 2012

Back to snowclad and freezing Munich - with a hot and spicy pineapple soup.

I am back from my lovely India trip.This trip was beautiful and a most memorable one for me, wIth my little sister getting married and entering a new phase of her life. I also managed to travel to Rajasthan (my birth place), which is always really special to me. Visited the beautiful temples and also went to Ranthambore and did the adventurous Safari.

And then...back to Munich which is absolutely freezing with temperatures around -18 and looks life a beautiful snow-clad fairy land. I took my time to get used to the sudden temperature change, from no woolens in Kolkata to only woolens here in Munich, from all the hustle bustle of Kolkata and so many people to quiet Munich and comparitively less people :-) On one side, I do miss my home for so many years - Kolkata, but on the other side I am glad to be back to my current home.


I am a winter person and actually enjoying the winters here now, the snow, and suddenly entering in a cafe to have a cup of hot cocoa to beat the chill. It's fun!

I made this Pineapple soup which I thought is apt for this time of the year. Hot, sweet and spicy Soup and had with caper-pepper bread, recipe follows next.


view from my kitchen window...

Ingredients

9 pieces - pineapple from the can, pureed
1 1/2 cup - water
2 tbsp - sugar
1/2 tsp - cumin powder
1/4 tsp - black salt
salt to taste
3 tbsp - lemon juice, adjust according to your taste
little garam masala optional
1/2 of a fresh red chilli cut into rounds
coriander leaves to garnish

For tempering

1/4 tsp - sunflower oil
1/4 tsp - cumin seeds
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

For the paste

2 inch - ginger, peeled and chopped
1 - green chilli

Method
  1. Add the pureed pineapple along with the water to a pan and cook with the sugar, cumin powder, black salt, salt and lemon juice for 5 minutes on a medium heat.
  2. In another pan, heat the oil. Add the cumin seeds and hing and let it splutter, add the ginger and chilli paste and saute for a minute. 
  3. Add the tempering to the cooked pineapple mixture. Add the chilli rounds to the soup and cook further for a couple of minutes. 
  4. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Enjoy!

23 comments:

  1. We too make the same and we eat with rice as rasam. Nice to see u after a long time

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  2. The view from your kitchen window is so lovely. Soup looks so delicious!

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  3. Pineapple soup sounds delicious. Perfect for the cold .

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  4. Very new recipe.......Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Pineapple soup looks simply delicious and tempting. Excellent preparation.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  6. Hi,glad to see ur post after such along Tim,,,luv the pic of snow,,,

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  7. Pineapple Soup! I've never tried or tasted it :-/
    Usually stuck to tomato, mushroom, spinach & broccoli :P
    Did you also go to the top of Ranthambore fort? It's amazing how people built such huge forts during those days!
    When I went there around the same time last year, I wondered how people searched for each other in that HUGE place those days, without a telephone :P
    You went to that tiger safari opposite the fort? We missed that, but had one tiger on the outside toward exit suddenly running behind our car, scared us to death, lol!

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  8. Nice soup!! I've never heard of pineapple soup.. very curious to taste it. Looks very soothing for the winter.

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  9. I love rajasthan.. would love to on a ranthambore visit...
    lovely soup... simple, hot and spicy!

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  10. Welcome back dear! Love to try this fantastic soup, so yum....

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  11. Delicious soup perfect for the cold season.

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  12. Welcome back Rachana and Many Congratulations to your little sis :)

    Wow! Sounds like you had a fun time in Rajasthan. Glad to have you
    back, with a perfect recipe for the season, feel like digging into it
    right away! The view from your window is amazingly beautiful!! :)

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  13. Perfect soup for the cold weather. I must make it soon.

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  15. This soup looks and sounds scrumptious, Rachana-perfect for this weather! Hope you had a great trip :)

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  16. Perfect to suit tickling palette.....

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    1. This tropical soup is good to cheer one up in cold weather.. Hope weather is better now.. I am glad to have not faced snow this year here..

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  17. Welcome back Rachana and Congrats to ur sister, .....soup looks so perfect, yum!

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  18. Hi,

    Thanks for dropping by in our recp. blog ..Lovely and yummy soup ..never tried with pineapple ..would love to give a try ..

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  19. Interesting recipe will try this for sure looks perfect for winter...

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