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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Black Bean Soup With Labna


This soup is thick, rich, and velvety in texture. Meat lovers love these beans because of the meaty taste. Black beans are very healthy. They have high fiber, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and protein. They are mostly used in Mexican cuisine. You can make cake, chili, soup, stew, patty, or even dip with black beans.

Labna is very very easy to make flavored, strained yogurt. It is also known as yogurt cheese. Usually, making labna takes 2-3 days because they strained every ounce of liquid from yogurt, and hang it wrapped in a cloth for 2 days. It then comes out very silky and smooth. The small marble-sized balls are formed and preserved in Olive oil. It goes very well with sandwich, salads, with grilled vegetables, and with soups etc. I just made instant.

This goes wonderfully well with this little sweet soup because labna will infuse a tinge of sour flavor to it. I used pickled jalapeno instead of regular one. It gives more flavor to the soup.

Ingredients:-

-- For Labna


  • 2 cups Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Onion Flakes, dry
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon Zest
  • Garlic salt to taste
  • Cheese Cloth/Muslin Cloth

-- For Soup

  • 4 cups Black Beans, cooked
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 6-7 Sliced Pickled Jalapeño
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 5 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Chives, chopped

Method:-

-- For Labna

1. In bowl, mix yogurt, lemon zest, onion flakes, and garlic salt.

2. Place cheese Cloth/Muslin Cloth in large bowl.

3. Pour yogurt mix into the cloth and pull all the cloth corners together.

4. Hang the cloth and let it drain liquid for 3-4 hours.

-- For Soup

1. Heat oil in sauce pan, add onion, garlic, ginger, and salt. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.

2. Add black beans, red chili powder, jalapeño, cumin powder, and black pepper. Sauté for 2 more minutes.

4. Add lemon zest, and vegetable stock, cover with lid, and bring it up to the boil. Turn down the heat.

5. Simmer the soup for 35-40 minutes on medium-low heat.

6. Blend the soup until smooth.

7. Pour soup back in the pan, taste and season. Heat it for 3-4 minutes.

8. Transfer the soup to a warmed serving bowls, put labna on top, and sprinkle chives.

Enjoy...


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34 comments:

Priti said...

Soup looking wonderful and with the wonderful deco...gud job done

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Madhavi, the first thing that caught my eye was the fishes swimming.. Lovely job.. Really!!

Shreya said...

Soup looks delicious! never made black bean soup. Will try.

Sireesha said...

Soup looks awesome and delicious..Love the decoration....

Laavanya said...

I love black bean soups.. the flavorful labna topping must make this even more delicious.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This soup sounds healthy to me... Those little cheese fishes are so cute...

Uma said...

Wow, look at that presentation! Good job Madhavi! I just want to grab that plate and bowl with yummy soup and cookies.

srikars kitchen said...

wow... Nice entry... Amazing... looks yummy & mouth watering...

Cham said...

I love soup with crackers, specially with gold fish :) Lovely bean soup presentation

Suma Rajesh said...

soup looks wonderful and luved the presentation sooooooo much..

Dershana said...

Hi madhavi,

I love beans and your soup sure does look lovely!

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Kitchen Flavours said...

Soup looks tasty. Labna something new to me.

Purva Desai said...

this looks really delicious....
will try this soup....and a nice presentation...

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VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

lovely presentation .. lovely recipe .. never tried this one

Usha said...

Looks delicious,loved the gold fish presentation too :)

SriLekha said...

the fishes in the soup is an attrcating decoration! soup is delicious!

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vandana rajesh said...

looks gr8 madhavi..nice pic.

homecooked said...

This looks lovely! Great colour of the gravy :) By the way, you've been tagged.

Jayashree said...

The soup looks absolutely creamy and filling. Love the little fish floating in the soup.

easycrafts said...

Lovely colour of the soup...

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Pearlsofeast said...

Labna sounds great.Onion flakes!!!!!
The black bean soup looks rich awesome.

Lore said...

This is such a rich soup packed with great flavours! Love the jalapeno and cumin kick and those cute little fish crackers are guaranteed to bring a smile on anyone's face :D
Thanks for sharing it with Original Recipes!

SriLekha said...

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Indranee said...

It's soup time during monsoons and I love having them in different varieties...thanks for this lovely recipe:)

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Swati Raman Garg said...

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Vidhya said...

Soup looks so thick. I have started using this black beans in my cooking recently. Will try this one for sure.