Recipe: English Winter Vegetable Soup

January 23, 2012

English Winter Vegetable Stew

**I learnt how to make this from a friend but I’ve personalized it a bit to my taste. A stew can have anything and everything, so feel free to substitue or take out any of the ingredients!**


Oil – 2 Tbsp
Diced Garlic – 2 Tbsp
Grated Ginger – 2 Tbsp
Sliced Onions – 1 cup
Sliced Carrot – 1 cup
Sliced Mushroom – 1½ cup
(or dried shitake slices – ½ cup)
Sliced Courgette – 1½ cup
(or sliced cucumber – 1 cup)
Chopped Celery – ½ cup
Chopped French Beans – ½ cup
Chopped Bottle Gourd (Lauki) – 1 cup
Chopped Baby Corn – 1 cup
Uncooked Spaghetti (cut into small segments) – ¼ cup
Uncooked Macaroni (crushed) – ¼ cup
Uncooked Rice – ¼ cup
Uncooked Yellow Moong Dal – ¼ cup
Uncooked Pearl Barley – ¼ cup
Uncooked Butter Beans – ½ cup
Uncooked Red Kidney Beans – ½ cup
Soy Sauce – ½ cup
Tomato Puree – ¼ cup
Mixed Herbs – ¼ cup
Water as required
Salt as required


  1. Sauté garlic in heated oil until they turn brownish red. Then add onions and fry until soft and transparent.
  2. Add ginger, soy sauce, about 15-20 cups of water, tomato puree, and the mixed herbs. Boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Now add salt and all the other ingredients mentioned (rice, pasta, pulses, beans, vegetables) into the pot, cover with a lid. Stir occasionally and simmer until everything is cooked. Add water if and when needed.
  4. Keep on gas until the consistency starts to thicken from the starch in the uncooked pasta and beans, becoming syrupy. This should take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Serve piping hot or at room temperature in a bowl with bread rolls

Note: This recipe tastes better with age. Try leaving it out overnight or make in the morning and serve for dinner. I usually eat this meal over 2-3 days.

Serving Size: 8-10 people
Cooking Time: 2 hours


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