In Part 2 of our soup series, we’re going to make a soup that is the complete opposite of the Rasam we talked about earlier. The Potato & Onion soup isn’t spicy, or challenging. It won’t clear your sinuses. But it will comfort you like a soft quilt on a cold day. It’s smooth, almost creamy, and super flavorful, made from the simplest ingredients available in every kitchen.
Potatoes can seem like a boring ingredient but when cooked in this way, there is an almost elegant delicacy of flavor and potatoes are the perfect vehicle to deliver it.
Easy to cook on a stove top, it’s even faster in a pressure cooker.
Potato & Onion Soup
500 gm or about 3 large Potatoes, cubed
2 large Onions, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1-2 Bay Leaves
3 tbs Butter
Splash of Olive oil (optional)
6 cups Water
Salt to taste
Heat a large pot or your pressure cooker if that’s what you’re using and melt the butter along with the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and the bay leaves and cook till the onions turn pinkish and translucent. Add the potatoes and saute till well coated in butter. Add the water and salt to taste. Salt it well. If using your pressure cooker, 1-2 whistles will be enough. If not, bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer, cover partially and cook for about 30-40 minutes till the potatoes are very soft.
Now the soup is meant to be creamy and thick and you can achieve that by mashing some of the potatoes against the side of the pot to get the desired consistency, or, if you’ve got the time and energy, take about a third of the soup and blend it. You’ll need to wait for it to cool before you do this. Add the blended soup back to the pot and stir it all together. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Reheat and serve bowls of this delicious soup with some fresh herbs sprinkled over the top.
Note: This soup is a flexible one. You can bump up the flavor with more herbs and some chicken or vegetable stock if you like. You can make it a richer, creamier soup by adding milk or cream towards the end. Play around with it and see how you like it.