Soup is nothing but a liquid food basically prepared by combining some different vegetable ingredients with juice, water or any other liquid, but at times there can be a combination of meat with the vegetable ingredients, if you are the lover of both the vegetarian and non- vegetarian style continental cuisine.
Soup is such an appetizer kind of food course, which is normally served warm (at times you can find cold one too) and these kind of different types hot soups are additionally characterized by boiling solid ingredients in liquids in a pot until the flavors are extracted, forming a broth.
If at all, we go by the traditional classification of soups then there can be mainly two groups and they are:
01. Clear Soups
02. Thick Soups
There can be a sub-classification of the ‘Thick Soups’ depending upon the type of thickening agent used such as starch, cream, rice, lentils, flour, and grains and also carrots, potatoes etc.
As we all know that there are so many popular vegetable soups in the world of food and for sure, ‘Cabbage Soup’ is also one of them as it is such a ‘Continental Cuisine’, which is in fact a different, nutritious appetizer kind of food course. So, here is a sincere but solid genuine effort to provide a real Recipe of a different, delicious and also nutritious food course in the form of ‘Cabbage Soup’.
But before going straight away into the details of a ‘Recipe of Cabbage Soup’, it is better to go through some important aspects of ‘Cabbage Soup’:
When you think of nutritious vegetables, what comes to mind? Sprouts or spinach, perhaps crunchy carrots, or colorful bell peppers? While certain foods fall in and out of fashion, some of the healthiest options often get overlooked and unfortunately Cabbage is one of such overlooked nutritious vegetables.
In fact Cabbage such an important member of the Brassica family of cruciferous vegetable that is packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals and compounds, even readily available and inexpensive too.
Now let us go through some important ‘Health Benefits of Cabbage’:
Vegetables that are members from of the Brassica family, do have a powerful antioxidant quality and cabbage also being the important member of the Brassica family, has plenty of the powerful antioxidant quality, which helps in removing the free radicals that contribute to cancer as well as heart disease and even are detrimental to one’s overall health.
Most of us know that Cabbage is such a nutrient-rich, quite filling vegetable that is also full of fiber, but at the same time is extremely low in calories and that is why is a common suggestion for people looking for a healthy way to reduce their weight.
Cabbage also contains many anti-cancer compounds, including the Lupeol, Sinigrin, and Sulforaphane, which are known to stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of tumors, which can lead to cancer. ‘Beta-carotene’, is another such an important content that the Cabbage has, which also been positively linked to reduced chances of prostate cancer.
Cabbage also has got high content of vitamin C and sulphur that helps in purifying the blood and removing toxins, including free radicals and uric acid, which are the primary causes of rheumatism, gout, arthritis, skin diseases, eczema, that is why Cabbage is considered as effective ‘Detoxifier’ too.
There are some cruciferous vegetables that contain essential minerals calcium; magnesium and potassium that protect the bones from degrading, as well as preventing osteoporosis and general bone weakening and Cabbage can be placed on the top of the list of such cruciferous vegetables.
Cabbage also helps for a powerful brain boost, because it consists of Vitamin K and Anthocyanins promote improved mental function and concentration, finally it is good for eye health too, as it provides a rich source of beta-carotene, which prevents macular degeneration and the delay of cataract formation.
Though you can have ‘Cabbage Soup’ in any season all through the year, but traditionally it is more preferable in winter, as it produces some special taste and flavor in that season of the year.
The ‘Cabbage Soup’ is a simple, easy, quick and also delicious one-pot-wonder dish and for sure this kind of a much more intensely flavored, layered, robust finished dish can fulfill the purpose of a tasty meal when it is served hot with a piece of crusty bread, be it the lunch and/or the dinner.
The ‘Cabbage Soup’ is a simple, easy, quick and also delicious one-pot-wonder dish and for sure this kind of a much more intensely flavored, layered, the robust finished dish can fulfill the purpose of a tasty meal when it is served hot, with a piece of crusty bread, be it the lunch and/or the dinner.
So, now let us move on to the details of a ‘Recipe of Cabbage Soup’ that is meant for ‘4 Servings’, which needs a preparation time of 15-20 minutes and then 5-10 minutes for cooking:
‘Cabbage Soup’ is a ‘Continental Cuisine’ with obviously ‘Cabbage’ as its Main Ingredient and it should be cooked with medium level of cooking, as it is a soup type of food course.
Ingredients (Required for 4 servings):
Medium sized Cabbage: 1 (Chopped into cube shape)
Medium sized Onions: 2 (Chopped)
Medium sized Tomatoes: 4 (Chopped)
Medium sized Green capsicum: 1 (Chopped)
Lemon Juice: 4 teaspoons
Salt: According to taste
Black pepper powder: According to taste
Note 1: It is important to chop your vegetables into bite sized pieces, because this is a soup and will be eaten with a spoon and that is why there is no need to mince, just keep the spoonful in mind as you chop.
Note 2: Please Keep in mind that the cabbage will wilt down significantly in volume so the raw pieces don’t have to be tiny and the sautéing instead of just boiling them, can get the natural sweetness of the veggies just comes right to the front and also equally important is the order of adding the vegetables and cabbage is important to get this dish deliciously perfect, so simply avoid to skip or mix them up.
Step by Step Procedure of the preparation of ‘Cabbage Soup’:
Step 1: Take a non stick pan and heat it.
Step 2: (a) Get the chopped onions, roasted for about a minute (b) then add chopped cabbage, salt with roasted onions and stir mixture well (c) and now add 4 glasses of water to the whole combination and the final phase of this step 2, is to cover and cook the mixture for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 3: (a) Get the chopped tomatoes to the mixture along with the pepper powder and stir (b) then continue to cook for further 2 to 3 minutes (c) then add the chopped capsicums (d) cover and cook the mixture for about 8 minutes (e) and the final phase of this step 3 as well as this whole process is to add the lemon juice and mix thoroughly before you take the pan off the heat.
Now intensely flavored, layered, robust, characteristic ‘Cabbage Soup’ is all ready to serve piping hot!
All in all, if you love cabbage, for sure you’ll love this soup for its sweet and sour flavor and also for other tasty ingredients, but if you want to make the soup more of a sour taste, then you can have some more addition of lemon juice and even with a bit of cider vinegar as well according to the taste of your preference.
But either way, this soup will be really delicious and can turn into a more substantial meal, when you add some steamed brown rice to your bowl and ladle the soup over it and don’t forget the dollop of sour cream on top and simply enjoy the flavor and taste of a classy continental cuisine in the form of ‘Cabbage Soup’!