Friday, November 21, 2008

Black Bean Soup

To say it's been cold the past few days is an understatement... I'm already dreading the winter! More than the temperature itself, it's the gusty winds that make it all the more unbearable regardless of how well I am bundled.

Here's a snap taken in our neighbourhood - just before the trees turned bare...

Well, this soup is a recipe that my friend Latha shared and is a satisfying way to help beat the weather... You could use storebought salsa to make this but I almost never have a jar on hand and since it's so easy to whip up salsa at home and I usually have all the ingredients, i make it fresh when I want to make this soup.

Black Bean Soup (Serves 4 to 6)


Black Beans - Two 16 Oz Cans
Salsa (Thick & Chunky) - 16 Oz
Red Chilli Flakes - 1/4 tsp or more to make it spicier
Low sodium Vegetable broth - 1 can (approx 2 cups)
Cumin powder - 2 tsp
Lime Juice - 2 to 3 tsps
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Garlic - 2 to 3 cloves, chopped
Oil - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves & Sour Cream/Yogurt - for Garnish

1) Blend 1 can black beans (do not drain before blending) and broth. Reseve the other can as-is.

2) In a deep pot, heat oil, saute onion, red chilli flakes and garlic until tender. If using home-made salsa, add it soon after. If using the bottled ones from the store add them along with the beans.

3) Mix the blended mixture, 1 can undrained black beans, cumin powder, lime juice and simmer for 25 -30 minutes

4) Scoop out into bowl and garnish with yogurt/sourcream and cilantro.

Tip: For a crunchy topping, cut thin strips of a flour tortilla, spread as a single layer on a wide plate, spray some oil on top and MW for about a minute or so till crisp.

Fresh Home-made SALSA
Tomatoes - 3, chopped
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
G. Chillies - 5, finely chopped
Garlic - 1 clove, minced
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
Salt - 1 tsp
Lime Juice - 1 to 2 tsp

1) Combine all of the above in a bowl, toss and refrigerate for a couple of hours to allow the flavours to come together.

For another version of this soup, check out : Spicy Black Bean Soup


  1. What a beautiful fall color. I hate those winds in winter! The soup should really keep us warm :)

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  3. those fall colors are lovely. i dont get to see it in los angeles.. soup looks perfect.. never tried bean soup.. can we use water instead of broth? does it change the taste?

  4. Looks so pretty! Nice clicks. I love winter. he he he

  5. Hearty soup perfect for the weather!

  6. Black bean is of recent time my favorite bean. The soup looks inviting. I for one don't admire the fall colors, all it does is remind me of the upcoming winter and barren looking trees. But the picture looks beautiful.

  7. A great recipe for a chilly night! I love the idea of salsa in the soup! If you want to go with store bought, Rosa Mexicano salso is excellent. Its also my favorite mexican restaurant. Love the shot of your neighborhood, I hope you took that from a window and didnt have to step out into the cold! More than the chilly winds, its the prospect of fall leaf clearing that I hate!

  8. a perfect soup for a chilly weather! Nice clicks!

  9. I love anything and everything made with black beans.

  10. The black bean soup looks so inviting...It should definitely take out the freezing cold that has been raging for the past few days :)

  11. wow the picture is so beautiful..soup looks so comforting..

  12. thatz a beautiful pic .. i love those colors .. I can imagine the comfort of soups in this weather

  13. Thats a filling soup Laavanya and the picture u have shared looks so cool!!

  14. The trees are already bare here Lavanya..The perfect soup for this cold weather..BTw I dont get Idiyappam flour here so I use only the ordinary rice flour for it.

  15. The soup looks delicious and its perfect for chilly wintry nights...

  16. It turned cold almost overnight. Sigh, as much as I love soups and coffee, I miss summers.
    This looks great and you are turning into a regular Rachel Ray here, what with your 'MV the tortilla' lingo!

  17. I can imagine the windy cold winter.. I'm never ready for winter.. :(

    This soup is a great choice for a cold day! Looks awesome..:)

  18. BBean Soup and home amde masala is just comforting and sounds healthy and tempting too...

  19. Thanks for dropping by Laavanya .. I have borrowed the pic of murukku maker from another source to refer it to ppl who are not familiar with it . I have a normal metal murukku maker :)

  20. Here too the weather is cold, we eve are having a bit of snow for the last two says. This soups will be a realy welcome in our place.
    Looks really yumm

  21. Soup looks yumy and fall color is beautiful...

  22. Brrrr, I hate the winters too. But frankly it is not as bad as in the east coast here. Can imagine the wonders the black bean soup could do to beat the cold.

  23. I like the addition of salsa in the soup, never seen that before!


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