Thursday, November 3, 2022

Broccoli Zucchini Soup

Zucchini Broccoli soup is one of the easiest soups to make with minimal ingredients. This creamy soup is loaded with nutrients and fiber. It is the perfect addition to your meal on a cold day. You can make this dairy-free by replacing dairy milk with coconut milk. Enjoy this delicious soup with your family. 


  1. Zucchini - 2 cups diced
  2. Broccoli - 1 cup
  3. Onion - 1 small
  4. Garlic - 3 pods
  5. Milk - 1/2 cup
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Pepper powder - as per your preference
  8. Olive oil - 1 tablespoon
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot.
  2. Sauté onion until they turn translucent.
  3. Add the garlic pods, diced zucchini, and broccoli florets and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add 3 cups of water and let them simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Add milk, salt, and pepper, and turn off the stove.
  6. Let the mixer cool for some time before you put them in a blender.
  7. Make a fine puree with a hand blender or blender. 
  8. Sprinkle a dash of pepper powder and enjoy this warm soup.

Linking this recipe for the "Sshhh cooking secretly" event on Facebook.  As part of this challenge, a theme is selected at the beginning of the month by one of the participants. All the members are grouped in pairs. The participants will exchange 2 secret ingredients with their partners who are supposed to prepare a dish that matches the theme of that month. This month's theme is "Soups" chosen by Priya who blogs at The World Through My Eyes. Priya happens to be my partner for this month as well.

Priya gave me onion and pepper powder and I gave her garlic and coconut milk as her secret ingredients. Priya came up with a very soothing and healthy carrot soup with coconut milk. She has a collection of interesting recipes, of which few to mention include "Hyacinth Bean Stir-Fry With Fenugreek Dumplings" and "Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bites".

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Pol Sambol

 Coconut sambol or pol sambol as it is called in Sri Lanka is one of the easiest dish you can make without fire. It is traditionally made using pestle and mortar. But we can also make them in a food processor/mixer-grinder. Fresh coconut is used for this dish but we can alternatively use moistened desiccated coconut in case fresh ones are not available. Shallots give great flavor but it can be also replaced with large onions. This dish is served with traditionally made flatbread coconut roti(pol roti), string hoppers, or with rice.

Pol sambol is very similar to the Kerala style thenga chammathi except for the fact that it does not include lemon juice. 


  • Coconut - 1 cup
  • Shallots - 5-6 nos.
  • Garlic - 3 cloves
  • Lemon juice - 1 teaspoon
  • Dried whole red chilies - 3 or according to your spice level
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Salt - to taste
  1. Take shallots, garlic, dried red chilies, curry leaves and pepper powder in a mixer grinder and pulse for couple of seconds.
  2. Add grated coconut and salt and pulse again to combine everything together. 
  3. Squeeze in lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Coconut sambol is ready to serve.
Pol sambol served with Pol roti and tea

I made this dish as part of the Shhh Cooking Secretly challenge. Narmada from Nams Corner suggested Sri Lankan theme for the month of Aug and Seema was my partner. Seema made a delicious eggplant pickle with mustard and vinegar. Do check her blog for a wide variety of cuisine. I am waiting to try her aval kesari