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 Name of the recipe - Spinach Soup


Spinach Soup

1 large bunch spinach (about 4 cups when chopped)

1/2 small green chilli, chopped

1&1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine

1 small handful fresh cilantro leaves

2 tablespoons ghee

1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

1 pinch hing (aesfotida)

4 curry leaves, fresh or dried

1/4 teaspoon salt

ground black pepper

4 cups water

1/2 cup water

Method of Preparation

Remove the stems of the spinach. Wash and chop the leaves. Put the spinach in a blender with 4 cups of the water and blend for 2 minutes on medium speed. Remove from blender. Add the 1/2 cup water, chilli, ginger and cilantro to the blender and mix until liquefied. Heat a soup pot on medium heat and add the ghee, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves. Cook a moment until the seeds pop. Pour in the blended spices, blended spinach, salt and the last cup of water and stir well. Bring to a boil and boil gently, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes. Add black pepper to taste when serving. Spinach is sweet, pungent, cooling with a sweet is heavy to digest and undigested spinach may cause gas and constipation. By itself, it is stimulating to vata and kapha and pacifying to pitta if used in moderation. This spinach soup with its seasonings is a good digestive and can be used by all doshas occasionally, for its medicinal properties. Pitta should use in moderation.

The soup is good for asthma, as a blood builder and decongestant. Spinach is not so good for the patient with kidney stones and gallstones or for those with gouty arthritis and oedema, as it causes water retention.

With a little bit of planning, this vegetarian diet can provide all the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy and PMS. Your body requires a little more protein during pregnancy, and this is easily provided by this healthy varied vegetarian diet. However, take extra care to ensure you have an adequate intake of two nutrients that are particularly important during pregnancy - iron and calcium. This preparation provide "cramp-busting potassium" along with calcium and vitamin D, which together can decrease PMS symptoms.