Chock-full of antioxidants, eggplant is a great addition to your diet, but do you often wonder if there are exciting ways to prepare it? here is a cream of eggplant soup that your family will slurp up delightedly. With onions and tomatoes for flavour, and basil for a herbed touch, not to forget the irreplaceable dash of pepper, this soup is a sumptuous start to your meal.

Preparation Time: 10 mins   
Cooking Time: 25 mins   
Total Time: 35 mins    
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 large brinjal (baingan / eggplant)
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 tsp dried red chilli flakes
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch) powder
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves , torn into pieces
1/2 cup cheese spread
salt to taste
2 tbsp grated processed cheese
1 cup milk

Method

  1. Pierce the brinjal using a fork and roast in an open flame or till it turns soft from inside and a little charred on the outside. Peel, chop and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep pan, add the garlic and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  3. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the red chilli flakes, pepper and tomatoes and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the basil, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the brinjal, cheese spread, salt and ½ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove from the flame, add the cheese and mix well.
  8. Allow the mixture to cool completely and blend in a mixer to a smooth purée.
  9. Transfer the purée back into a deep pan, add the milk and 1 cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  10. Serve hot.

Nutrition Value

Value per serving % Daily Values
Energy 235 cal 12%
Protein 7.7 g 14%
Carbohydrates 10.8 g 4%
Fiber 1.6 g 6%
Fat 16.6 g 25%
Cholesterol 35.6 mg 9%
VITAMINS
Vitamin A 288.6 mcg 6%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.1 mg 10%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1 mg 9%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.4 mg 3%
Vitamin C 14.5 mg 36%
Vitamin E 0 mg 0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) 20 mcg 10%
MINERALS
Calcium 169.4 mg 28%
Iron 0.6 mg 3%
Magnesium 18.4 mg 5%
Phosphorus 110.7 mg 18%
Sodium 348.8 mg 18%
Potassium 149.4 mg 3%
Zinc 0.1 mg 1%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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