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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Asparagus Spinach Soup and Potato pocket Sandwiches

Ingredients for Soup:

* 2 bunches of Asparagus

* 2 potatoes

* 1 large onion

* 4 cloves of garlic

* 1" piece of ginger peeled

* 4 cups of spinach

* Water to boil spinach

* 2 tables spoon olive oil

* 1 tables spoon of butter

* 1 tablespoon cumin powder

* 4 oz of cream cheese

* 1 can of evaporated milk

* Salt to taste

* 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper

* 2 cups of water

Method to make soup:

* Wash spinach and asparagus.

* Chop asparagus in 1-2 inch pieces.

* Chop onion, potatoes ginger and garlic.

* Boil spinach in water (do not cover the pan to preserve green color of spinach.

* When spinach leaves are tender and soft, turn the heat off and drain water.

* Heat oil and butter in a pan.

* Add chopped onions, potatoes, ginger and garlic.

* Add pinch of salt.

* Saute on medium heat until potatoes are tender and onions are light brown.

* Add asparagus and spinach.

* Cook until asparagus is tender.

* Add water, cumin powder, white pepper and salt to taste.

* Cook until water boils.

* Add cream cheese, stir and cook until cream cheese is melted.

* Use a hand blender to chop and grind all the ingredients to smooth consistency of soup.

* Add condensed milk and blend it again with hand blender.

* You may add more water to desired consistency.

* Cook until soup boils.

* Serve hot with your favorite sandwiches.

I made the potatoes pocket sandwiches in sandwich maker toaster as follows:

Ingredients for potato filling:

* 8 boiled potatoes chopped in cubes

* 8 oz of frozen peas thawed (I microwave the frozen peas for 2 min microwave
without adding and water to it)

* 1 Jalapeno (or 2 Serrano) pepper chopped

* 1 tables spoon of salt (or to taste)

* 2 tables spoon of coriander powder

* 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

* 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder (or to taste)

* 1 teaspoon of Paprika powder

* 1 table spoon of mango powder (amchoor)

* 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala

* 2 tables spoon of vegetable cooking oil

* 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds

* 1/4 teaspoon of asafetida

* 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro leaves

To make sanwiches:

* Italian or Sour dough bread slices

* Olive oil

* You will need a sandwich maker toaster for this

Method to make filling:

* Add peas, chopped jalapenos, salt and all the spice powders to boiled and cubed potatoes.

* Heat oil in a pan.

* When oil is hot, add cumin seeds, when these splatter add asfetida.

* Add potatoes and peas with all the spice mixed in.

* Saute all the ingredients by gently turning them over with wooden spatula until all the spice are well incorporated.

* Turn the heat off and garnish with cilantro and mix well.

Method to make sandwiches:

* Heat the sandwich maker toaster.

* When this is heated, place slice of bread on each sandwich groove, with olive oil brushed on the bottom side.

* Place the 2 table spoon of filling on each bread.

* Top with another slice of bread and brush olive oil on top.

* Close the sandwich maker and cook until both side are golden brown.

* Take it out of toaster and cut in to two triangles.

* Serve hot with desired variety of sauce or Ketchup and with side of soup.

Recipe and Photographs by Surekha.

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