Why the Sweet Corn Soup ?
The weather is somewhat in between breezy and sultry in the evenings. Most of the time, it calls for a roasted sweet corn. There is a guy who sits just outside our apartment and roasts ‘bhutta’ in the evening. With him though, you get only the desi corn variety which is very different from the American sweet corn. The size of the corn kernel in the desi one itself is smaller. We often bring bhutta from him and the entire family enjoys munching on some juicy corn in the evenings.
For a mother of a six year old, my challenge every day is to plan for an evening snack. Tugga, being a ‘lover of food’ (gone after his parents), needs a different snack every evening. A couple of weeks back when my Man Friday Ashok had gone on leave, I was left with no choice but to order every possible ingredient from an online grocer to take care of the family’s varied need for food (I call it varied since everyone wants something different!!) In that order, 2 corn cobs came in as well. And my oh my, they were so dry.
And then finally the sweet corn soup is ready
What do you do with almost dried corn cobs? I realised I couldn’t roast them. They would be inedible. So, I put them in the pressure cooker with some water to boil them. After several minutes of cooking, that did not work either. The corns were still not soft enough. What was the only other thing that I could do? Soup!! And I had my wonderchef automatic soup maker to do the deed. I also always have some frozen vegetable packet in the freezer for quick fixes. I added these to the corn and the soup turned out to be great without much effort.
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Sweet corn soup made with some mixed vegetables made in the wonderchef automatic soup maker.
Recipe Author: Madhushree
For making this in the automatic soup maker, you just have to put all the ingredients in the soup maker together (except the corn flour, fresh cream and balck pepper) and turn it on the blended soup mode.
In the meanwhile, make a slurry of the corn flour with little bit of water and after 20 minutes when the soup is done, remove the lid and pour in the slurry. Turn on the soup make for another 10 minutes on the same mode.
After that switch it off and garnish with fresh cream and crushed black pepper and serve with some warm bread.
If you do not have an automatic soup maker, then you need to boil the sweet corn and the mixed vegetables first in a pressure cooker with some water. Then you have to blend it. Finally in a pan, add some butter and cook the blended puree with the vegetable broth powder for sometime till all the raw smell goes off. Then add the corn flour slurry and give it one boil to thicken. The quantity of the water that you put in the pan depends on the thickness of the soup that you want. garnish with black pepper and fresh cream and serve.
In case you do not have vegetable broth powder, then you can simply add vegetable stock or water. In that case, you may have to add a little extra corn flour (maybe 1 tsp more).
In case you are making the soup in the regular way and not in the soup maker, you might have to strain the corn puree through a fine mesh after you have blended it. Also you will need to boil it for longer period, in case the quality of the corn is not good and has dried out. For regular sweet corn, just boiling for 5 - 10 minutes works fine or a couple of whistles in the pressure cooker.