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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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