In all its forms - from the thunder-and-lightening to the ever-annoying, non-stop drizzle - rain sends chills to the bones, which can be only comforted with a fuzzy blanket and a giant bowl of hot soup.
And when you can enjoy it without having to get out of your bed, then it’s simply magic! So, don’t let the gray skies dampen your spirits. Indulge in one of these 7 light, nourishing monsoon best soups that will lend a touch of warmth to the rainy days.
1) Cream of Mushroom
Rainy days and soups go hand-in-hand, and if you’re a mushroom lover, then you’ll fall in love with this simple, savoury soup. Quick and easy to make, the cream of mushroom soup beats any other soup in richness and flavour. The fresh mushroom bits amid the velvety, creamy soup are just heavenly! All you need are porous button mushrooms, garlic, onion, cream, milk, butter and oregano -for garnishing, and this rainy day soup can be made in less than 20 minutes.
2) Easy Tomato Soup
Scrumptious, colourful but very nutritious, easy tomato soup is a classic rainy day soup! Not to mention the creamy base of the tomato soup made out of a dollop of cooking or sour cream will also lighten up your otherwise dull day. Combine diced or stewed tomatoes with some vegetable stock, add your favourite Italian herbs and let it simmer. A dash of the aforementioned cream served with a piece of toast with cheese, and you’ll be transported to heaven!
3) Chicken Soup
No soup list is complete without the feel-good chicken soup. It’s creamy and chunky and always reminds us of our mom’s cooking. It’s not only healthy but if you add leftover pasta such as macaroni or shells from last night, you’ll have a delicious soup. Additionally, chicken soup has numerous benefits. Chicken soup provides the best relief from cold, but it also helps in controlling blood pressure and building muscles.
4) Parsley Soup
An extremely spicy, thick stew with a mix of vegetables and parsley, this one will definitely put your senses on fire in monsoons. This is not an exaggeration so consider it as a warning before you gulp down this fiery soup. The soup resembles a forest after rains with a generous use of green chillies and fresh parsley. Add to that - bits of carrots, cabbage, broccoli and French beans for that distinctive aroma and flavour. It’s bound to warm your heart and fill your tummy.
5) Lemon Coriander
Fragrant lemon grass, a pinch of turmeric and plenty fresh coriander in a vegetable stock make this one hell of an appetizing soup. Besides, it’s full of proteins and vitamins. All you have got to do is semi-fry all the veggies in a pan so that it renders a crunchy texture to the otherwise light soup, add water, ginger, garlic, salt, soya and chilli sauces and let it simmer for not more than 10 minutes, and you’re good to go!
6) Pho bo
If you’ve got a runny nose, then we have just what you need - a beef pho noodle soup! There is something comforting about slurping a bowl of this quintessential Vietnamese soup. The heady Asian flavours will sooth your nose and throat. However, the best aspect of this soup is that it’s served with noodles. A scrumptious soup fit for a dreary day and consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, few herbs and meats, you’ve got to taste it to believe it!
7) Roasted carrot and corn
One spoon of the pureed roasted and carrot and corn, and this is a winner! Roasted carrots offer a whole new level of complexity in term of flavour and texture, turning the ordinary into the sublime. Team it with chives and pistou - a cold sauce made from garlic, fresh basil and olive oil - to make this flavoursome soup. Try boiling corn in milk before creaming it for soup - you’ll get a smoother and creamier puree.
We know you can’t wait to try these best rainy day soups by now, and we can’t wait for you to try it as well. Bon appétit!