Nov 27, 2009

Lemon- Chicken soup. A cure for weariness


So Thanksgiving is over. Black Friday madness is gone too (I managed to keep things under 20$ !). And now, most of us face overfilled bellies, sluggishness and the fact that half the holiday is gone. Sigh..sigh..sigh...:). Good thing is, now, I get to read about all the wonderful posts and treats. I have often said that eating is an anticlimax of food. It gets over so quick. But food stories make their rounds forever and that is-- to me-- much much more fulfilling. But yes, the mind does get tired, just like the belly, of all the fantastic gourmet ' stuff and ings'. And it starts to crave a bit of sanity..a bit of banality ...a bit of ' lack of' fantasticness ( I coined this word :))

That was me today evening. Craving for something light and warm. But not without flavor. Not bland. And what do I make ? A warm, light soup-- all from my imagination. With a bit of enthusiasm from my sister. She told me of this awesome sounding soup that she had while vacationing among the green green mountains of the eastern Himalayas in India. Shillong-- the place is called.

She told me how she walked miles and miles on these winding roads, through valleys amidst green mountains and huge waterfalls. And on one such day she stopped in some little eatery ( basically a household kitchen opened up to serve food for a little money) and had this soup. Lemon chicken soup.

Sounded so soothing and light and fragrant..that I started off making it (she did not know the recipe) from what she described. Added bits and pieces. And voila ..a soup that, I believe, is comforting not just to the tired belly and the weary leg...but also to the mind, so full of richly goodness :)

Lemon chicken soup-- as I understand it :)

Ingredients (makes for two)

3/4 th cup of chicken. Cubed.
1/2 cup of chicken stock
A  small bundle of rice noodle. Broken into small pieces.
Tip: You can also use thin pasta, or even ramen noodles.

1 big garlic clove. Minced
1/2 a big tomato. Cubed
1 green chili. Chopped. You can substitute with jalapeno

2 tsp of corn flour
1 tsp of coriander powder. If you hate coriander powder, I suggest substituting it with cumin powder. Will have a different flavor..but will be equally great.

A handful of dill.
1/3 lemon

Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 cups of water.

What is to making a soup? Boiling :)


Wash the chicken and place in a big pot. Add 2.5 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Add the stock, garlic, tomato, chili and bring everything to a boil (You will notice that once you drop additional ingredients in a boiling pot, the boiling stops. So the idea is to bring it back to a boil). Let boil for 5 minutes. Add the broken noodles. Let boil. Meanwhile add 3 tbsf water to the cornflour and whisk till no clumps remain. Add the cornflour to the soup. Add the coriander/ cumin powder, the dill and squeeze the juice of the lemon into the soup. And Keep on the boil for ~ 5 minutes. Remember to stir all the time. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

You have your soup ready...and is that not healthy and flavorful?



Happy eating and healthy living!



18 comments:

A Year on the Grill said...

and why on earth can't we use turkey for this...

I need a bowl of soup today

Palidor said...

Looks delicious. There's something soothing about both lemon and chicken soup. Combining both must be extra soothing. And you sure need it after Black Friday shopping. Are you crazy?? Our Canadian equivalent is Boxing Day, which is Dec. 26. Those line-ups and crowds are ridiculous! Maybe I'm getting old, but I prefer to stay home and relax with my kitties. :-)

Trish said...

Oh I so love the lemon in the soup. It is only 6:00 a.m. and I am longing for your soup. Good post. I am with Palidor...I don't hit the 'road' on these sale days....but then...grin...maybe it is my age or something but I am not much of a shopper anymore.

Cathy said...

Lemon in soup is one of my favourite flavours. When I'm feeling really down I traipse across the street to a great little vietnamese restaurant for lemon grass chicken pho - hits the spot.

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Looks good! Looks exactly like what I need right now too - holed up on bed with the flu...

Chow and Chatter said...

yummy soup and your right about eating over in a flash!

Velva said...

This does look light, fragrant and delicious. Once again proof that simple is best.

Nat said...

I Pictured your sister walking the trails with your lovely story J... wow...that is just the thing I would love to do...my hubs and I talk of going to napal on a trecking adventure when the kids are grown up and have left the nest ( i know it is a LONG time from now)...but it is incredible to even dream about it... This soup would work wonderfully after standing outside best buy in new york city...or after trecking a long trail in the mountains...thanks so much for the idea...! Lemon and Chicken sounds heavenly...and I love corrainder powder..it is has a lot of medicinal properties too..

Anncoo said...

Never try lemon in chicken soup before. Sounds great, will add this in my to do list. Thanks :)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Your soup sounds delicious! Warm and comforting. I like the sound of the lemon in it.

sayantani said...

thats really a healthy n flavourful dish. I have one version of chicken lemon soup...this one looks amazing just like its birthplace Shillong. thats a beautiful place to be.

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour! This is just the recipe I need after all the over indulging.

Jhonny walker said...

hello everyone

@ year: There is no reason for it not to work!

Thanks for all your comments..it is flavorful and I am gonna make it again now :)

girlichef said...

Good to the last drop! This sounds like a perfectly lovely soup...that I would walk miles to taste :D

Erica said...

That is my kind of food!!!!Comforting and delicious. I usually add lime juice and hot sauce to my chicken soup at serving time :)Your have the lemon in the soup.....Great recipe! Thank you!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, I love lemon and dill - great chicken noodle soup!

style-for-style said...

yum, I think I might make this with some vegetarian substitutions.

The Japanese Redneck said...

very different from the soups I've made, but it sounds very good