Comfort In A Bowl: Broccoli-Potato Soup

Last weekend, Desi brought home a bug. The kind that makes your head feel like it’s made of lead, that gives you the sniffles, and that makes you never want to get out of bed.

Sick as we were, first he, then me, cooking was way down on my list of the very few things that I actually managed to do. In fact, the only thing I’ve cooked these past four days was this comforting Broccoli-Potato Soup into which I put every ingredient I could lay my hands on that’s known for its cold-fighting powers.

Broccoli, Potatoes and Green Peas all have good quantities of Vitamin C which, of course, is very effective against a cold. Onion, garlic and black pepper are also known for their cold-fighting abilities. In Indian homes, turmeric is considered a great antiseptic that fights all kinds of infections.

The potatoes also add a creamy richness that makes this soup really comforting: bliss when you’re sick. I also made it fairly spicy, because you do need something spicy to kick the tastebuds awake when you’re under the weather.

The soup took minutes to put together: a big plus when you’re not exactly in great shape to stand over a stove. And not only was it delicious and comforting, it was really pretty to look at with a bright, beautiful green color.

I’m still far from 100 percent, but wanted to share this with you before I snuggle back under the covers. Please forgive me for not visiting your blogs as I try to get over this. I’ll be around in a day or two, I promise!

Comfort in a Bowl: Broccoli-Potato Soup


1 tsp canola oil

1 onion, sliced

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional)

8 cloves garlic, sliced thin

2 cups broccoli florets (I used frozen)

3 yukon gold potatoes, diced and then boiled until tender

1 cup peas (I used frozen)

2 cups water

1/4 cup almond milk (optional. Also feel free to use soy milk instead)

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until softened but don’t let them brown.

Add the garlic and stir for another minute until it softens.

Add the turmeric, chilli powder, and black pepper. Stir in.

Add the broccoli florets and cook, stirring, until tender. Add the peas and stir them until softened. Add the water and bring to a boil.

Add the cooked potatoes and salt to taste.

Take the saucepan off the heat and blend the soup, either with a hand-blender or, very carefully, by transferring to a regular blender.

Transfer back to the saucepan and heat through. Add the almond milk at the end, if using.

Check the salt. Serve hot with some baked croutons.


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14 thoughts on “Comfort In A Bowl: Broccoli-Potato Soup

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    October 4, 2008 at 2:34am

    I hope I am not getting sick anytime soon, but would love to have a bowl of that soup anytime.

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    October 4, 2008 at 2:47am

    The soup does look creamy and comforting…hope both of you get well soon…take care :)

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    October 4, 2008 at 5:14am

    hi Vaishali, hope u r feeling better now. ur soup looks so wonderful & i can’t wait to get my hands on some broccoli to make the soup.

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    October 4, 2008 at 5:42am

    Take care of urself Vaishu :)A confort bowl in cold days. Get well soon :)

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    October 4, 2008 at 10:48am

    Hi Vaishali, I hope you both get well soon! Lovely colour the soup has, and I should try this also because I have never cooked with broccoli at home. Thanks for the recipe, bookmarked.:-)

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    October 6, 2008 at 7:40am

    hisweetie…i just got here and i hope you are feeling better…. i took you up on your advise of stirring dill into rice….i made a pulav and it was fab…will be posting it later today……btw…that soup looks lovely!!

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    October 7, 2008 at 5:35pm

    perfect bowl of wholesome goodness :)
    hope u r feeling better, Vaishali!

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    kitchen queen

    August 9, 2009 at 10:11am

    Hi ur broccoli-potato looks yummy and delicious. You can visit my blog and view my recipes and give ur comments.

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    August 29, 2010 at 5:42am

    MIL is sick today. Am making this. Hope she likes it ;)

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    November 4, 2010 at 1:58am

    Delicious. I used vegetable broth and replaced the chili powder with a generous shot of Sriracha

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    November 4, 2010 at 1:58am

    Delicious. I used vegetable broth instead of water and a generous shot of Sriracha instead of chili powder

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