Hearty Soups To Keep You Warm This Winter

Shreya Cheema


This zesty South Indian preparation is made with toor dal. It comes in countless variations, with region-specific recipes like Mysore rasam with grated coconut or veppam poo rasam.

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Tomato Saar

Hailing from Maharashtra, tomato saar is a tangy vegetarian soup prepared by boiling and pureeing tomatoes. It's then seasoned with tamarind, cumin, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and peppercorns.

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Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny soup is an Anglo-Indian creation born in Madras. Most recipes include lentils, vegetables, coconut milk, and spices like bay leaf, cinnamon, and black pepper.

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Ulava Charu

Ulava Charu, reminiscent of rasam, is a traditional Andhra soup made with horse gram lentils (ulavalu). These lentils are a powerhouse of protein, calcium, and iron. 

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Murungai Keerai

This traditional soup from South India combines nutrient-rich drumstick leaves with tomato, garlic, and onion to create a wholesome and flavourful dish.

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Kharode Ka Soup

Also known as paya ka shorba, it is a Mughlai clear bone broth prepared with goat or lamb trotters. Slow-cooked to perfection, this soup releases essential nutrients and is especially nourishing during sickness.

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Pandhara Rassa

Pandhara rassa is a Maharashtrian dish made with chicken or mutton. It has a creamy, white stew-like texture and is prepared using coconut milk, mutton broth, spices, poppy seeds, and red chilli seeds.

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Dal Soup

Usually had with rice or chapati, dal can also be turned into a protein-rich soup with vegetables, spices, and lentils of your choice. Make it more nutritious by seasonal vegetables, herbs, or spices.

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