Mixed Vegetable Soup

Servings: 4

Ingredients

4 cups mixed vegetables (carrots, green beans, squash etc)

8 cups water

1 tsp cumin seeds

6 whole peppercorns

1-inch piece of cinnamon stick

10 cloves

10 cardamom pods

2 tbsp ghee

½ tsp salt

Method

Wash & cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Put the vegetables & water in a large pot, cover & cook on medium heat until just tender. Set aside in a bowl.

Meanwhile grind to a fine powder the cumin seeds, peppercorns, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and cloves in a mortar and pestle or use a blender.

Heat a soup pot on medium heat and add the ghee, then the ground spices.

Sauté a moment, being careful not to burn them.

Add the vegetables and 4 cups of the broth. Boil for 2 minutes. Stir in the salt and serve

Each vegetable has a specific calming or stimulating effect on the doshas when eaten alone. For instance, carrots pacify Vata and Kapha but may aggravate pitta because of their heating quality. Cooking vegetables together and with these seasonings makes a soup that is tridoshic, good for all constitutions.

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