Thursday, 30 November 2017

Almond Soup

Almond Soup

The almond soup was a favourite in our home growing up. The only difference between then and now is access to a very special kind of almond from the kernel of the apricot fruit and not the fruit of the almond tree itself; which is what we buy in North America. Having been requested to share the recipe I prepared it last night and here it is to enjoy as best as we can!

This soup is delicate in flavour and does not need to be doused with milk or cream nor overpowered by seasoning. However if you are looking for bold tastes and any kind of kick; this one is not the one you are after!










Serves 4 to 6 persons

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion
4 stalks of celery
1 small potato
2 stems of parsley
1 bay leaf
3 cup chicken stock
3 oz/85gm blanched, peeled and ground almonds

Salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste

In a pan melt the oil and butter. Add to it roughly chopped onion. Allow it to saute for 5 minutes till it is soft and translucent. Add the celery and potato and cook for another 10 minutes. Add the parsley and bayleaf. Pour in the chicken stock. Bring it to a boil, cover, lower the heat to simmer and allow it to cook for 20 minutes. 
Now add the almonds, mix well and continue cooking for another 20 minutes; covered and on a low flame. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. 

Remove the parsley and bay leaf before pulversising.

With an immersion blender pulverise the soup to a creamy thickness. 
Season it with salt. Optionally add black or white pepper and or freshly grated nutmeg to taste

To serve, ladle it into bowls, add a swirl of cream and top with roughly chopped salted roasted almonds and  finley chopped fresh parsley leaf.

Not to take away from the flavours but adding a teaspoon of dry sherry can be delicious for some. 

Tips

The chicken stock is the base and will make a difference. Use your favourite recipe or store bought stock.
This soup can easily be adapted to make it vegetarian or vegan by using a vegetarian stock.
I used store bought ready almond powder/meal which is granular.

The size of my onion and potato were like a large "plum". 
Bay leafs are bitter when crushed.
The soup will turn ''green'' and the flavour will change if the parsley stems are not removed.

For more Parsi Food recipes click The Art of Parsi Cooking; reviving an ancient cuisine.


Photo courtesy Niloufer Mavalvala

1 comment:

  1. This looks really healthy and as I'm a big fan of almonds, I'll make sure to make this whenever I find free time. The recipe looks really simply and easy too. Thanks for it.

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