How’s winter in your city? Brrrrrrr… it is piercing cold in the place I live brrrrr…rrrrr….. To arrest such winter cold, cough and the shivering, I have in hand 5-minute Quick and Easy Soup recipes . This Simple Mushroom Soup recipe (Kaalaan Soup) is the mirror-mirror of my famous Indian Style Chicken Soup recipe, except that, chicken is replaced by Mushrooms. When I say it’s a 5-minute soup recipe, I mean it, okay! A spicy, thin mushroom soup that is made WITHOUT using butter or cream or milk or maida (all-pourpose flour) or cheese.
Before demonstrating how to make a Spicy Mushroom Soup, let me throw you a simple question. What makes a recipe to sound and taste like South-Indian? I would say, it is the Nalla ennai/Sesame oil/Gingelly Oil. Yes. When an Indian recipe demands sesame oil, you can easily guess that the recipe is from the state of Tamilnadu. At home, we use Idhayam Nallennai (Iddhiyam Sesame oil/Idhayyam Gingelly oil) , be it for poriyal or tempering the chutneys or gravies, especially the non-vegetarian varuval recipes (non-veg fry) and more importantly for soups. We add few drops of gingelly oil while making thin soups, like this kalaan soup, kozhi soup, mutton soup (aatu kaal soup) etc. Adding sesame oil gives a beautiful flavor to the soup and makes it taste utter Restaurant style! No, I’m not exaggerating. Find the readers’ praises in the comment section of my Tamilnadu Restaurant Style Chicken Soup recipe. The reader says, ‘After having it I felt the same taste as I could have from any popular chettinad chain such as Anjappar or Karaikudi’