2cupsfresh vegetablesUse beans, cabbage, green capsicum or red and yellow peppers, mushroom, zucchini, carrots, broccoli
1 inchgingerfinely chopped
2 tbsp.soy sauce
2tbsp.red chilli sauce
4cupsveg stock or water
1tbsp.green onion finely sliced
1tbsp.cornflourdissolved in water
Heat oil in a pan. Lightly saute onion, garlic and ginger for about 2 minutes. N
Now add the chopped vegetables. You can pre-boil them or use them raw and cook them. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Add soy sauce, chilli sauce and veg stock. Let it come to a boil and simmer for another 7-8 minutes.
Add sugar, pepper powder, salt to taste. Taste and adjust seasoning. Now add cornflour water slurry and cook for a minute more to let the soup thicken.
Add vinegar and take it off the stove. Mix well. Serve hot and sour veg soup garnished with coriander leaves.
You can use any combination of vegetables depending upon what you have at hand. Corn and peas are also good to use.
To make hot and sour chicken soup, add shredded and boiled or grilled chicken bits along with the sauces and cook as per the recipe. You may also use prawn or fish, but do add it towards the end so that it is not overcooked.
You can add paneer or tofu to the soup to make it more protein rich.
Use the sauces as per your taste. If you prefer mild, cut down on chilli sauce.
You can avoid cornflour slurry if you don't like your soup to be thickened.
Cut the vegetables uniformly and thinly so that they cook evenly.
I prefer my veggies to stay crunchy instead of being overcooked and mushy.