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Cucumber – Plantain Stem – Ragi Soup

Cucumber Soup
It was Hari Raya (Ramadhan) here yesterday. All of us are at home due to public holiday. During this day we generally have lunch with our neighbor Malay family every year. Knowing that we are vegetarians she cooks vegetarian food for us separately. Since the lunch was quite heavy, I decided to make a simple yet filling soup for dinner from Cucumber, Banana Stem and Ragi.
Cucumber gives a fresh taste. To add crunchiness to the soup I chopped plantain stem into small cubes. Plantain stem is very high in fiber. My other recipes using plantain stem are
I generally add Ragi (Finger Millet) as my soup thickening agent rather than corn flour as it has better health benefits.

Cucumber – Plantain Stem – Ragi Soup
Recipe Cuisine : Indian | Yields: 5  People
Preparation Time : 15 mins |Cooking Time : 30 mins | Gas : Low
Ingredients
Cucumber – 375gms
Plantain Stem finely chopped – ½ cup
Onion - 1
Ragi – ¼ cup
Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
Rasam Powder – 1 tsp
Milk – 100ml
Water – 1000ml
Coriander leaves – few
Garlic – 4
Oil – 2 tsp
Croutons – few (Optional)
Measurements
1 tsp = 5ml
1 tblsp – 15 ml
1 cup = 237 ml


Preparation
1.       Peel the cucumber, chop into big chunks. Chop Onion into big chunks.

2.       Chop the plantain stem into small pieces.

3.       Take a pan add 1 tsp oil and fry onion until semi-golden.

4.       Switch off the gas and add the cucumber. You need not fry the cucumber, the left over heat is fine. Let it cool.

5.       Blend cucumber & onion adding water.
6.       Take a soup pot add 1 tsp oil ,garlic and fry.



7.       Add Plantain stem and cook for 2 mins.

8.       Add water.

9.       Add cucumber – onion mix.

10.   Add salt, rasam powder and turmeric.


11.   Mix well and let this start to boil.
12.   Now Add milk and Ragi.
13.   Mix the ragi without forming lumps. Ragi is the thickening agent.

14.   Let this cook for another 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.




Cucumber Banana Stem & Ragi soup is ready. Serve it with some bread sticks or croutons.



Notes
Ragi can be replaced with corn flour.