Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bean and Vegetable Soup | Iron-rich Soup for Kids | Under 30mins Recipe

Soups form an important part of our everyday diet. DH, being a calorie-conscious person, love to have wholesome soups for dinner and it became indispensable for me to try different combinations of legumes, pulses and veggies with varied flavorings so as to keep our taste buds alive. This easy soup made with green moong bean, horsegram and beetroot among other veggies is our favourite. Kids too love the deep colour from the beets and say that it is very appetizing. With all the above ingredients, it is definitely an iron-rich recipes for kids as well as adults. So, I present this for my Day 2 of this week for the theme 'Iron-rich recipes for kids' going on at the Blogging Marathon event.

Preparation and cooking time - 25mins
Serves - 4

Horse gram / Kollu - 1/3cup
Green bean / Whole moong - 1/3cup
Butter - 1tblsp
Onion - 1, finely chopped
Ginger - 1/2" piece, grated
Beetroot - 1, peeled and diced
Pumpkin - 1/2cup, peeled and diced

Carrot - 1, diced
Beans -5, julienned
Ajinomotto - 1/2tsp
Salt - As needed
Cornflour - 1-2tblsp
Pepper powder - 1/2tblsp (adjust to preference)

1.  Wash and soak both the legumes overnight. Else, soak in hot water for 2-3hrs.
2.  In a pressure cooker, add butter and saute onion first. After 2mins, add all remaining veggies and ginger and saute for another 3mins.

3.  Now, add the soaked beans and pour 3-4 cups of water, salt and Ajinomotto. Close the lid and pressure cook for 12-15mins, upto 3 whistles. This may vary with the cooker models , so adjust accordingly. Switch off and wait for 10mins for  the pressure to subside.

4.  Mix Cornflour with 2tblsp water without lumps. Add this to the soup and bring it to a boil before switching if off.

Sprinkle pepper powder and serve hot. This hearty soup alongside a slice of your favorite bread slice can be very fulfilling.

Happy to send this to Valli's Kid's Delight event hosted by Kalyani this month.


  1. Using horsegram and veggies to make soup is such a healthy & nutritious idea. Looks delicious.

  2. Very healthy send the links to Kalyani for the Kids delight event..

  3. Love the addition of horsegram in soup, super iron rich soup.

  4. so healthy with such a mix of beans and vegetables - except in Russian borscht, beets in soup is new to me - never think to add that to soup but creates such a great color

  5. I should try horse gram in a soup too..sounds very flavorful!