An unusual and a hearty soup with a crunch. Easy to make. Even spinach haters will love this soup. This recipe has been modified from an old East Indian recipe. You can substitute 1 1/2 cups of cooked fresh or frozen spinach if you prefer.
- 1 (13.5 ounce) can spinach, drained
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 3 tablespoons peanuts
- salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 3 serrano peppers
In the container of a food processor or blender, combine half of the spinach with the buttermilk. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan, and stir in the rest of the spinach. Stir together the cornstarch and water; mix into the saucepan along with the sugar, peanuts and salt. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seed, and when they begin to sizzle, put in the serrano peppers. (You can slice the peppers in two for added flavor and spiciness.) When the peppers begin to soften slightly, scrape the contents of the pepper pan into the buttermilk mixture.
Bring the buttermilk mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat immediately, and serve hot.