I am a total "warm soups, fuzzy socks, cozy pyjamas and holiday movies" person on Christmas eve!
And, keeping with the colour theme, here's my simplest, and yet delicious, red soup.
On a health note, Anaemia affects 24.8% of the world's population, but for India this figure is much higher - approximately 51% of the Indian population is anaemic with children and pregnant women being the worst affected. Fatigue is the primary symptom when having low haemoglobin levels and this is when you should get a quick CBC test done and immediately start eating your reds and your greens.
Beetroots : 2 medium size, roughly chopped
Tomatoes : 3-5, roughly chopped
Carrot : 1, diced
Onion : 1, sliced
Garlic : 2-3 cloves small/ 1 large
Bay leaf : 1 large
Vegetable Stock/ Bone Broth/ Water : 2 cups
Butter/ Olive Oil : 1 tbsp
Black pepper powder : to taste
Himalayan Pink Salt : to taste
Did you know that Beetroot is high not only in iron but also folic acid, Vitamin C, Potassium and fibre. It must be your everyday "go to" for a healthy blood count.
In a pressure cooker, add in all your ingredients except black pepper and butter.
Cook it on low flame for 2-3 whistles.
Let is cool down, discard the bay leaf and blend it all together into a smooth thick consistency.
Pass this through a soup strainer and start simmering in a saucepan.
You will see some scum forming on top of the soup, remove it with the help of a spoon for a glossy, smooth, clean tasting soup.
Season with freshly crushed black pepper and pink salt.
Add in a little butter or olive oil at the end; maybe not if you are managing your cholesterol levels (the one in the picture above has no butter or olive oil)
Best enjoyed watching a holiday movie.