Spinach soup or palak shorba

P bought a bunch of spinach a couple of days back, and I made this yummy low calorie soup adapted from Neeta Mehta’s Soups, salads and starters.  Oh! yes, many soups end up being fattening instead of just appetizing – consider the butter, cream and the cornflour that gets added to flavour and give the soup a smooth texture!

Spinach has always been amongst my favourite greens, and this simple soup turned out the perfect antidote for sore throat and cold. I made it for the evening (not dinner) as I really needed something hot to stop the itch in my throat! I have added a lot of pepper as it is comforting on a sore throat and browned onions as a garnish in my soup. The kids had it with a sprinkling of cheese and a dash of butter. Even my son liked it very much – that speaks volumes. 🙂

Recipe: Spinach soup ~ Palak Shorba

Adapted from Neeta Mehta

Spinach (Chopped rough) – 3 cups
Water – 3 cups
Garlic – 3 cloves (chopped fine)
Bay leaf – 1
Ginger – 1tbsp. (Grated)
Salt – to taste
Pepper – 7 to 8 pepper corns crushed rough

½ a small onion – thinly sliced, browned in a tsp. of oil or vanaspati and pressed out between tissues.
Grated cheese – ½ tsp. and a knob of butter

Boil the spinach in 3 cups water with garlic, ginger and bay leaf till softened. Simmer uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes.

Puree till smooth in a blender. Strain, add the salt and pepper and boil stirring the mixture for another two minutes.Add water or milk if you find it thick at this stage and boil again.

Remove and serve garnished with browned onions or cheese and butter.

Asha of Aroma hope and Foodie’s hope noticed the nutritive value of this soup and drew my attention to the wonderful event Mansi of Fun and Food is holding. The event is basically a cookbook giveaway event (Pam Anderson’s latest Cookbook – The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great) inviting recipes that are healthy, will keep one fit as well as scrumptious at the same time. I meant to send another one, but the last lesson I learned was do not delay, and wait for a particular entry which has not taken shape yet – you will find here why the hara paneer tikkas did not reach the May Monthly Mingle hosted by Mansi! This time I shall not repeat the same mistake so before things go haywire I am sending this off to her. Please click on the logo below to know more about the event. If you would like to enter please remember that the last date is 21st July 2008!

Thanks! Asha for reminding:)Why do I think this recipe is nutritious?
Here’s all about the main ingredient – Spinach!
(Source – Organicfacts.net)

  • It is a storehouse of energy just as Popeye says – it has vitamins – A, K, C…hold on also vitamin B6 and riboflavin
  • It has magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron and zinc
  • Flavoniods is a compound in spinach, which has anti oxidant and anti cancer properties. Spinach helps in lowering blood pressure due the presence of magnesium. Vitamin K, which is important for maintaining bone health, is also available in spinach. Moreover, spinach protect against heart disease. Vitamin C in spinach provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Spinach can give smarter brain and better eyesight due to its richness in vitamins.
  • 100g of spinach contains 23 calories. (That’s the best part)
I recommend this soup because
  • There is hardly any fat in the vegan version, even the kiddy version has just a small blob to make it appeal visually. I have not used fried or baked bread croûtons. It is actually low-calorie! There are no hidden fats in it:)
  • This recipe does not use any flour (Corn flour or APF) for thickening. The spinach pureed with garlic is smooth enough!
  • It has raw ginger root – a natural cleanser for the colon, garlic – reduces cholestrol and lowers B.P, and black pepper – a carminitive that aids in digestion. These are added in considerable amounts to add flavor.

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Have your say

  1. Gosh Harini…your are become one strict healthy vegetarian..Now now..I’m getting all guilty cos this is one veggie that I try to avoid from when I was a child 😀

  2. Gorgeous color and so healthy. I love Nita Mehta’s recipes!:))

    Send this to Mansi’s “healthy food” event.

  3. JZ @ Tasty treats

    doesnt that look healthy and awesome!

  4. Wish a Happy Birthday to ur Daughter 🙂 Love the green attractive color

  5. Great healthy soup.

  6. Rachel – We all have our quirks…he he:)I thought spinach is liked by most!

    Asha – Thanks! Done:) NM’s recipes have always worked for me too!

    Jz – Thank U:)

    Cham – Yes – will do that!

    Sailaja – Yes it is a power punch:)

  7. That’s a great recipe indeed, and I particularly thank you for providing all that detailed info about the health benefits! that’s precisely what I’d like to convey out of this Healthy Cooking contest!

    thanks a lot for participating dear!

  8. something is waiting for u in my blog

  9. Mansi – Waiting for your round up! It is promising to be interesting:)

    Sailaja – Thank U so much for the “bear hug”, and the “Blogger with a purpose” awards!


    wow .. that a very healthy dish .. love spinach in any form

  11. I like spinach in all forms too, but never had spinach soup for some reason. You are inspiring me!

  12. Just saw Tomato shorba on another blog…Palak shorba has a wonderful colour

  13. Vegetable Platters – Welcome! Then I am sure you must have tried this. If not, do try:)

    Simran – That makes two of us:)

    EC – I saw that too! Thanks!

  14. Very health recipe. What a colour…… I love it:)

    Pick up your award from my blog:)

  15. Illa – Thank you so much! I think that about yours too:)

  16. THis soup looks really healthy..Thanks for dropping by my blog..Glad u liked my banana bread..I dont have a kid yet..We are married for just a year..

  17. Palak shorba, it is something I was looking for, a tasty and healthy treat.

    Nice to know you thru your MEME….i adore CnH

  18. wooow palak soup looks delicious and very healthy. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  19. Divya – That was a quick return:) Thanks! Anyways – Thats how a blog is! Like a baby:)

    Bhags – Glad you liked this one! Calvin is cho cute:)I love his wild imaginings:)

    Trupti – Welcome, and glad you liked the soup!

  20. Palak soup is comfort food to me , my mom makes it really well, she sometimes adds half an onion boiled with the spinach and milk.
    Love your soup’s colour and texture..Nita Mehta is so dependable:)

  21. Thanks for those nutritious info on the soup. I saute onions and grind along with the palak. Adding ginger is a good idea. Shall try that next time i make.

  22. Rather then the cream or cornflower, I thicken soups (especially spinach) with a potato…
    Gorgeous color in your soup!

  23. Delhibelle, Jayasree – I really liked the idea of adding sauteed onions in the soup! Will try it next time:)

    Kate – Welcome to my virtual dining area:) The potatoes are welcome addition to any thing – I love the idea:)

  24. Dear Harini, Lovely green picture of the soup. Enjoyed reading about the goodness of spinach in your detailed list. You always seem to write with an analytical bent of mind, with all your research and love for what you are writing. Cheers!

  25. Pritya, thank you!!

  26. Not to be a party pooper. But most vitamins evaporate the very second you boil something or even heat it. You can only count on the minerals in any soup and not on the vitamins..

  27. You added lots of pepper to soothe your sore throat? That's absurd. Your throat hurts and you want to burn it some more with pepper?

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