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Winter 2009 Soup Cook Schedule

Soup takes place on Wednesdays at 11:45.

Week Date Cook Soup
1 Jan. 7 Tommy Carrot Ginger Soup
2 Jan. 14 Motoki
3 Jan. 21 Amber
4 Jan. 28 Dawn
5 Feb. 4 Eileen
6 Feb. 11 Ian
7 Feb. 18 Ingrid
8 Feb. 25 Aditya
9 Mar. 4 Chloe
10 Mar. 11 Liz

Soup Recipes

Pav Bhaji

(Copied from: Indian Food Forever)

Ingredients (Serves 4 to 6)

  • 12 Pav buns
  • 2 Onions
  • 3 tsp Dhania Powder
  • 5 Tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Jeera Powder
  • 3 Potatoes
  • 2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 cup Peas
  • 4 tsp Pav Bhajji masala
  • 1/2 cup Carrot
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Beans
  • 1/2 cup Coriander for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Cabbage
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Capsicum
  • 1 cup Cauliflower
  • 1' piece Ginger
  • Garlic optional
  • 2 Green chillies finely chopped


   * Heat a pan with oil & add the onions. Fry till translucent. Add tomatoes,salt,add all the powders and fry till the oil floats on top.
   * Steam all the other vegetables seperately & add them to the onion mixture.
   * Add a cup of water & let it cook to boiling consistency. Then With the help of a potato masher keep mashing the mixture till it cooks nicely.
   * When all the vegetables are cooked thoroughly garnish with coriander & lemon juice and serve with Pav.
   * For the pavs:
   * Slit open the pavs from the middle. Apply butter in the inside & place them on a pre-heated frying pan.When they get golden brown from the inside take them off.
   * Serve hot with bhajji.

Tibetan Lentil Soup

"(Adapted from: Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special, The Moosewood Collective)"

Ingredients(Feeds 12ish)

  • 3 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon canola or other vegetable oil
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 to 2 fresh Jalapeno chiles, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 5 carrots, peeled and dicedinto 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 potatoes, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 cups undrained canned tomatoes (two 28-ounce cans)
  • 4 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons salt


In a nonreactive soup pot, bring the lentils and water to a boil; then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium saucepan and saute the onions, garlic, and chile for 5 minutes. Add the carrots potatoes, coriander, and cumin and saute for another minute, stirring to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat and set aside. When the lentils are tender, coarsely chop the tomatoes right in the can and stir them into the soup pot. Add the chopped cilantro, salt, and the sauteed vegetables. Cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, until all of the vegetables are tender.

- Joanne

Farro and Garbanzo Bean Soup

Ingredients (Feeds 12ish)

  • 16 oz Farro in whole grains (found at Whole Foods)
  • 15 oz canned Garbanzo Beans
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 1 rnd Leek
  • 28 oz canned chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 Yellow Potatoes
  • 2 Sweet Onions
  • 8 cups Veggie Broth
  • Assortment of veggies (1 cup mushrooms; 1/2 cup carrots; some fresh basil)
  • Spices (whatever to suit the taste)
  • Pecorino Toscano cheese for garnish


Rinse the farro in several changes of water, removing impurities and chaff as needed. Let them soak for a few hours (8 seems to be traditional). Drain garbanzo beans. Chop veggies into bite-sized pieces.

In a large pot, heat oil on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, leek and cook till onions are golden. Add the tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, basil and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the broth, bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and add the farro and the garbanzo beans till the farro is tender and chewy (about 30 min). Add the mushrooms near the end. Season to taste. Garnish with cheese.

^^ make sure to get farro (Triticum dicoccum), and not something similar like barley or spelt. Cooking times will change and the latter grains aren't as chewy or nutritious.

- Motoki

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Ingredients (Feeds 10ish)

  • 3+ lbs sweet onions (more the merrier; I used about 13)
  • 8 cups veggie broth
  • 6 tbsp margarine
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cup sherry (or white wine)
  • Spices (whatever to suit the taste; commonly: dried mustard, thyme, oregano)
  • Gruyere cheese for garnish
  • 1/2 packet of dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 12 oz firm tofu


Quickly and thinly slice all onions before the eyes swell up. Add some salt to the onions to extract even more flavor. Heat up a large pot with olive oil and saute the onions. After the onions turn slightly golden, melt the margarine and add garlic; Stir to coat the onions till they are caramelized (about 45 min total). Meanwhile, soak the shiitake mushrooms in water.

Once the onions are ready, add the flour to create the rue. Now add the sherry and bring it up to a boil. After about 5 to 10 min, add the veggie broth and bay leaves. Lower heat and simmer till the onion flavor dominates the veggie broth (about 30 min). Cut out the stem of the hydrated shiitake mushroom before thinly slicing. Cut the tofu in bite sized pieces and haul it in to the soup alongside the mushrooms. Make sure to include the shiitake juice in the soup as well. Season to taste.

Let sit overnight to really extract the flavor. Garnish with Gruyere cheese. Even better, "gratinize" the soup and serve with French bread.

- Motoki


(Plagiarized from:

Ingredients • 250 gm. rice,

• 150 gm. moong split green gram lentil) or urad/urd/urid dal or black gram lentil, with skin. Ordinary red lentil will also do.

• 1-2 tbs. cooking oil of choice

• 1 tsp. cumin seeds

• A pinch of asafetida (heeng) optional. It is good for digestion.

• 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder (optional). Turmeric is good for healing.

• Salt to taste

• Water, twice in volume to the rice and lentil mix. See step 8

• Optional:

• Chilli powder or 1 chopped green chilli

• 1 onion - peeled and sliced.

• A cup of peas

• A few florets of cauliflower

• 1 tbs. olive or other oil

Instructions 1. Clean, wash and drain dal and rice together.

2. Boil water in kettle or a separate pan.

3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker or a pan with a tight lid.

4. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida and wait until seeds sputter, not letting them burn.

5. Add onions, if used, and fry until golden brown. If using any other vegetables, add here.

6. Add rice-dal mix and stir fry for a couple of minutes. This will coat the rice and dal grains with oil.

7. Add salt and turmeric and give it a quick stir.

8. Add enough boiling water to cover the rice, and 1/2 inch above it (1 1/2 inch, if not using pressure cooker).

9. Bring to a brisk boil, pressure cook for 2-3 whistles or pressures*. If cooking in a pan, cover and simmer gently on a low fire, until almost all water is absorbed and rice and dal are tender.

Notes • *When the pressure builds up in a pressure cooker, the steam escapes with a hiss, letting the pressure down. This counts as one whistle or pressure. Pressure builds up again and the same thing happens again and again, until you switch the heat off. In India, people usually count the number of times this happens and call them pressures or whistle. If you find it difficult to follow, for green gram/moong dal, cook for 3-4 minutes under pressure. For black gram dal/urad/urid dal, cook for 5-6 minutes, because it takes a bit longer to cook. • A tsp. of ghee on top of the khichri before serving gives it an authentic flavour • You can add a 1/4 tsp. of garam masala, along with salt and turmeric, at step 7. • Experiment with adding other vegetables.

Yellow Split Pea Soup with Tomato and Chipotle


"Yellow Split Peas (Pisum Sativum) are part of the legume family. The Split Pea has more of an earthy flavor than the whole dried pea. Mmmm"

Serves 20

  • 4 c yellow split peas
  • 16 c water or broth
  • 12 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 medium red onions, chopped
  • 5 chipotle peppers, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 28 oz can tomatoes

  1. Bring split peas and water or broth to a boil, then simmer for 30 min. until soft.
  2. Meanwhile heat oil over medium heat. Toast cumin seeds, then add garlic, ginger and chipotle. Cook until fragrant, then add onions. When onions are translucent, about 5 min, add tomatoes, turmeric, salt, and pepper, and cook another minute. This may need to be done in batches.
  3. Add tomato-onion mixture to the cooked peas, then puree until smooth.
  4. Serve with yogurt or sour cream and chopped fresh herbs.

--Chloe 21:33, 7 May 2008 (PDT)

Herbed Broccoli and Pasta Soup


"Feel free to substitute your favorite herb and in-season vegetable for the thyme and broccoli. For omnivores, you can toss in 12 oz of cooked cubed chicken for the last 10 minutes."

Serves 6

  • 3 cans (15 oz each) veggie broth
  • 4+ cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3 cups small broccoli florets
  • 6 oz fusilli pasta (spirals)
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

1. Heat broth, garlic and thyme to boiling in saucepan. Stir in broccoli and pasta. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered until broccoli is tender and pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes.

2. Stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper.

--Kevin 11:32, 30 April 2008 (PDT)

Fiery Tom-tom-tillo Soup with Boatmen

Soup1.gif "Crisp green snow peas (boatmen) lend this soup a pleasant twist!"

For 6 to 8 servings you'll need. . .

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 2/3 cup raw brown rice
  • 2 large celery stalks, diced
  • 1 28-ounce can tomato puree
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Italian herb mix
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of red chile flakes

Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and saute over medium heat until golden. Add the water, rice, celery, tomato puree, bay leaves, and herb mix. Bring to a simmer, then simmer gently, covered, until the rice is just done, about 40 to 45 minutes. Alternatively, for extra Fiery soup be sure initially burn some rice to the pot prior to simmering!

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon

served by Eileen on Oct. 30, 2008


Borrowed from the New York Times, January 8, 2008


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, more for drizzling
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch of ground chili powder or cayenne, more to taste
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1. After checking a few local grocery stores for red lentils and realizing they're very special, call the PCC and get them to save the last 1.5 lbs of bulk red lentils for you until you can get there. (Or go to the local Indian grocery store. Personal Recommendation: R&M grocery, on 55th and the Ave, on the west side of the street has an excellent dal (lentil) collection, and a very sweet old gentleman that keeps the store.)

2. In a large pot, heat 3 tablespoons oil over high heat until hot and simmering. Add onion and garlic, then some extra garlic for kicks, and saute until golden, about 4 minutes.

3. Stir in tomato paste, cumin, pepper and chili powder or cayenne, and saute for 2 minutes longer.

4. Add broth, 2 cups water, lentils and carrot. Bring to a simmer, then partially cover pot and turn heat to medium-low. Simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary.

5. Puree half the soup, then add it back to the pot. Soup should be somewhat chunky.

6. Reheat the soup if necessary, then stir in lemon juice and cilantro.

Makes 4 servings.

--Eileen 17:47, 30 October 2008 (PDT)


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served by Aditya on Nov. 6, 2008

Not really a complete recipe, but see a general description here:

(copied straight up from:


  • 1/2 lime sized ball Tamarind
  • 1 cup Toor Dal (or red lentils)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 5 small dry red chilies (or to taste)
  • 8 Curry Leaves (see note)
  • 1 medium onion (shallots are preferable)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 large tomato
  • 2 tablespoons sambar powder (see note)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves (also known as coriander leaves)
  • 1 cup of a vegetable of your choice like green beans, chopped carrot


  1. Soak the tamarind in 1 cup water for 20 minutes. Squeeze it out, adding water little by little to prepare 1 cup of juice.
  2. Choose a heavy cooking pot. Wash and clean the dal. Boil 2 cups of water and add the dal, turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon of oil. As the dal boils, skim off the foam and discard. Boil until the dal is soft and then mash it coarsely. If needed, add more water as it is boiling but do not let it get too watery. If you use a pressure cooker it will take about 5 minutes.

Roasted Squash Soup

served by Chloe on Nov. 13, 2008

Adapted from Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons

  • 1 kabocha squash
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp ginger, chopped
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, sliced
  • 10 c veggie stock
  • 3 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Halve squash, place cut side down on baking sheets, and roast for 45 min (maybe longer for spaghetti squash). Discard seed and strings, then scoop flesh into a bowl.
  2. Heat butter and cook onion 5 min. Add spices and cook 1 min more. Add apples and some of stock and simmer 10 min.
  3. Add stock and squash, then puree in batches.
  4. Heat soup and season with salt and pepper.

Greek Lentil

(Φακές σούπα)

from 222 Recipes, The Greek Cookery Book by Sofia Souli

1 portion, calories: 430. Cooking time: 20-30 minutes. Portions: 4-6.

  • 1/2 kilo of lengtils
  • 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of oil (this is crazy, 1/3 cup of olive oil is more like it--still plenty oily)
  • 4-5 tablespoonfuls of vinegar
  • 1 cup of tomato juice (or canned tomato or whatever form you like)
  • 5 bay leaves
  • salt, pepper

Pick over the lentils very carefully, making sure that all foreign bodies and bad lentils are removed and thrown away before washing. (Maybe the Greeks have lots of foreign bodies and bad lentils, but the here in the good old U. S. of A., we keep them foreign bodies out of our good old home-grown lentilles vertes du Puy). Wash them well. Put lentils in a saucepan and cover with water. Allow to boil for 5 minutes and then strain. Put the lentils back into the saucepan with the onion, the oil, the tomato juice, the garlic and the bay leaves. Also add the vinegar and, finally, the salt and the pepper. Supplement with water according to preferred thickness of soup and allow the ingredients to boil till tender.

Tomato bisque

served by Liz on Oct. 2, 2008

Inspired by the contents of my cupboard one night

I like to call it Two Can soup, but this seems to conjure up images of something non-vegetarian

1 portion, calories: does it matter? Cooking time: 20-30 minutes. Portions: 2-3.

  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • options: carrot, celery
  • 1 pint cream
  • 3 T dill
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed into very small pieces
  • salt & pepper to taste

In a medium pot, heat up the onions in a bit of oil until they become translucent. Add the tomatoes and garbanzos, and turn the heat down to medium. You can add either of the options at this point, if you happen to find them sitting around in your frig. When the everything seems well-cooked to the point of starting to be mushy, add dill and remove pot from heat. Blend well; I prefer a hand buzzer, but I guess a normal blender would work too. Put pot back over low heat, and cook ~5 min. Remove from heat, add cream and crushed garlic (it'll cook since the soup is hot). Salt and pepper to your individual taste. I like this soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Carrot Ginger Soup

adapted from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook

Portions: 6-8.

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 (3-inch) piece of fresh ginger
  • 5 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 8 large carrots, roughly cut in evenly sized pieces
  • 2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper

Heat the canola oil in a large sauce pot over low heat, and sauté the onions until they are translucent. Cut the peeled ginger into 1-inch slices and then roughly chop. Add the chopped ginger to the onions, and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Increase heat. Add the stock, orange juice and carrots. Simmer over medium heat until the carrots are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Puréé. Enjoy.

Shiitake Mushroom Soup w/ Quinoa

Ingredients(Feeds 12ish)

  • 3 cups of quinoa grains
  • a liberal use (2 packets) of dried shiitake mushrooms (think whole ones)
  • 2 onions
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • misc vegetables (2 stalks of celery, 1 baby bok-choy)
  • 1 packet of soybeans
  • 3 teaspoons of thyme
  • a few tablespoons of soy sauce + salt to taste
  • 1 cup of sake

Cook the soybeans (if raw) beforehand as they take 3~4 hours to get done (or use canned beans for convenience). Boil a pot 3/4 full of water, and haul in the dried shiitake mushrooms. While the shiitake are soaking in hot water, chop onions and garlic into small pieces and mix them together with a little salt in a bowl. Put these in the pot with the sake after about 30 minutes. In another pot with boiling water, insert the quinoa at a 2:1 ratio of water to grains and cover with medium heat for about 15 minutes till the water is all gone. Fluff it for another 15 by turning off the heat. Next, we can add the misc vegetables (post-chopping) and the cooked quinoa into the broth. Add soy sauce and salt for desired taste, and cook till desired consistency.

- Motoki

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