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Asparagus Soup

This is in continuation to my experiments with  veggies which are rarely used in Indian recipes. I spotted Asparagus too on Bigbasket.com and ordered them.

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The shoots are tender and fresh.
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While browsing the net i learnt that Asparagus grows in the Himalayan region in India. I also discovered that it is called as ‘Satavari’ or ‘Shatavari’ in Sanskrit and used in various treatments in Ayurveda (the traditional system of Indian medicine)

This is the first time I laid my hands on Asparagus shoots. This veggie too was on my mind for a long time. After looking up several videos on YouTube I decided to prepare Asparagus soup.

Recipe : To prepare soup for 2 persons
Cut the tender part of the Asparagus (100 gm) into pieces one inch pieces.

Boil these pieces of Asparagus in salt water for 3 minutes.

Strain and cool them immediately under cold running water so they stop cooking. This helps in retaining the green color.

Puree these pieces and keep aside.

In a pan , add butter or olive oil (2 tsp) and then add finely chopped onion (one small)  . Keep stirring the onion till it turns very soft.
Add chopped garlic ( 2 big cloves)and stir for one minute.

Add the puree.

Season with salt n pepper as per taste.

Add a little milk (50 ml) and stir for a minute.

Switch off the stove and add drops of lemon juice as per your taste.

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I hope to include Asparagus in my diet for its liver and kidney detoxifying properties. It is also one of the most Alkaline foods . It is very important to ensure that the pH levels of the blood remains Alkaline in order to keep the body healthy.

Here is a link to the numerous health benefits of Asparagus.

http://www.naturalnews.com/023368_asparagus_benefits_food.html#

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Groceries haul from Bigbasket this morning

Veggies

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Others

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Veggies are neatly packed in plastic pouches or wrapped in plastic paper.

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Quality of the veggies is very good. Would be expensive compared to the prices at the local market but the convenience is what matters.

I love to buy groceries at shanties or farmers markets or rythu bazaars . I like to walk around and look for rare veggies , to check out which vendor has the best quality of each vegetable, but there are occasions when I have to avoid the dusty environment at such places.
This is when BB comes to my rescue.
There was a time not very long ago when I would go to the supermarket almost every alternate day, the driver gets some goods which are required urgently, sometimes hubby has to get groceries and my son too goes once on a while.
Now all of us can relax . The three of us take turns and check the items on the BB website and place the order.
The goods are delivered at a time that is convenient to us.
Once the goods are received , we check the quality and if  unsatisfied the packet can be returned and the balance amount is paid.

Thanks Bigbasket, for making my life easier.


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Bigbasket.com

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Ratnadeep has been a favourite place for buying groceries for almost last 7 yrs. The first one we shopped at was in Hitech city. A new and bigger store opened in Kondapur and I moved to the new place.
Ratnadeep opened another store in Madinaguda last year and every alternate day I end up at this store on the way back from office. Was beginning to feel sick of going there so often that I decided to shop online at Bigbasket.com
Was apprehensive about ordering veggies but I wanted to give it a try.
Received my order this morning and found that all the veggies were fresh ,of good quality and packed neatly.

There is an option to select the date and time of delivery on the website. Payment can be made by cash , once we are satisfied with the stuff.
Orders above Rs1000 will be delivered free.

Most of the routine stuff can be ordered via this website.
Hope to do this more often so I can reduce my trips to Ratnadeep 🙂

Learnt from the delivery boy that these folks are operating from a godown in Balanagar.