Sunday, February 7, 2010

Comfort Foods Series #2 - Winter Delight Clear Orange Soup

I seem to be in a soup mode, currently...this is my second posting for a soup recipe in the last week. However, there is a reason to this (soup)obsession. We have been seeing a steady stretch of rains here in the Bay Area for the last couple of weeks. Nothing like "snowmageddon" in the East Coast, of course and our East Coast friends envy us Californians for that. But, be that as it may be...we still get some chilly 40 degree evenings:)) and that makes us turn to soups for our evening meal.

The inspiration for this soup comes from a friend who served it as an appetiser, that was much appreciated by all at a dinner she hosted. The cook  time is less than 10 minutes and the only real prep work is to juice the oranges needed for the soup. Of course, the key lies in choosing the oranges that yield the maximum amount of juice. For this, the tip I have found useful for selecting juicy varieties is that the thicker the skin, the more juice it yields and also, the stronger the scent that it has, the greater the quantity of juice yielded. Here in California, I have used both the Navel Oranges and Valencia Oranges with equal success for this recipe.

This soup I have here, is not a one-pot meal like most other soups I  make - lentils soups or veggie soups or pasta is actually more of a warm appetiser, perrrrfect for a chilly here is wishing warm and toasty evenings for our friends in colder climes.

This soup recipe goes to the Healthy Inspirations Event - Soups  hosted by Usha of  Veg Inspirations.

Recipe for Winter Delight Clear Orange Soup:

Serves - 4
Prep time - 10 minutes
Cook time - 7 to 10 minutes


Oranges - 8 to 10 (I have used both the Valencia and Navel Orange varieties with equal success for the quantity of juice)
Cummin(jeera) powder - 1tsp
Green chillies - 2 (cut in small pieces or slit in half, according to taste)
For seasoning: salt, black pepper,  cummin seeds(jeera) - 1tsp, cilantro(coriander) leaves, ghee(clarified butter) - 1tsp, sugar(optional)


Extract juice from the oranges(some pulp is okay in the recipe) and keep aside.

In a pan, add the ghee(clarified butter) and when it is heated, add the green chillies, cummin seeds and all the seasonings except cilantro(coriander leaves).

When the cummin seeds start to crackle, add the freshly squeezed orange juice.

Let the mixture boil for a few minutes till the soup starts to foam, just for 5 minutes or so.

Once the raw smell of the juice disappears, take the pan off the heat(do not overboil, since the soup may then turn bitter).

If the juice of the oranges is not very sweet, a little sugar would help.

Once off the heat, add the cilantro(coriander) leaves for garnish.

Serve piping hot.

This recipe is an easy - fix and the many health benefits of oranges( like the fact that they are loaded with Vitamin C - 116% DV, dietary fiber, folate and Vitamin B) are an added bonus, I guess.


  1. What a fantastic way to transform oranges into a warm soup ! I loved this idea and it looks fantastic :-) Thanks so much for sharing this soup with the healthy inspirations event !

  2. Thanks, Usha!

    Your event gave me a chance to prepare this oh-so-simple yet tasty appetiser!

    I look forward to more great events from you!

  3. Hey Meena, regarding your question on the ragi oat idli, I powder the cracked wheat to a rava like consistency to give the idli a softer texture. I have not tried it without powdering the cracked wheat, it may work out ! If you try it without powdering, do let me know if possible how it worked out , I would love to know :-)

  4. Thats a super healthy soup..thanks for sharing the recipe

  5. EC, Hi!

    Nice to see you on my blog!!!

    Everyone in my family loves this soup!

  6.!Your soup makes my mouth water.I love citrus flavored anything.Simply delectable.

  7. Hey Ramya,

    This soup is dedicated to friends like you in the East Coast to make the beyond-freezing winter nights a little warmer:))

  8. very innovative! Thanks for dropping to my blog! Your artilcle about technorati was useful..Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hey meena,
    Followed the link to your Blog thru Usha's Healthy Inspirations event.
    Your soup looks relly interesting,looking forward to trying it


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