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Creamy Vegan Chayote Squash Soup

Dec/05/2022 / by Malathy Chandrasekhar
Pic Courtesy of The Healthy Indian

If you asked me what my favorite luncheon food to eat during winters, I’d invariably say “soup.”

I LOVE soups! We make a ton of them; I try several varieties of soups at restaurants and during my world travels. However, when my sister Meera made this chayote squash soup, I was floored. For starters, I was surprised that such a delicious soup could be made using the lowly chayote squash. Secondly, given its creaminess, I was almost sure she had added cream or milk. Being slightly lactose intolerant, I had to clarify this. Pat came the answer: “Nope, this is vegan!”

“But the creamy feel,” I asked.

With a smile, she answered: “A small potato.”

Chayote Squash Soup

If you’ve never seen a chayote squash or eaten one, I don’t blame you. In the past, I used to see this vegetable (or is it fruit because it has a seed?) only in ethnic grocery stores. Mom uses to cook regularly with it. She made yummy dry curries, or added it to bisi bele baath or sambar. Sometimes she’d grate it squash to make raita. You see, this vegetable can be eaten raw – and it is truly delicious.

This soup comes together in no time at all. You don’t need any broth either! If the squash is tender (and organic), I don’t think there’s a need to peel the skin off. After all, the skins of fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients, and it feels such a shame to discard them. I have chosen to peel the skin off because I felt it had toughened a bit. Just a small warning – the peel is a tad slimy, so if in doubt, peel the skin and compost it. If your fingers feel sticky and/or slimy after peeling, simple wash off with soap and water.

Why Is It Healthy?

Like a lot of vegetables, chayote squash is loaded with nutrients. It is rich in fiber, folate (also known as B9 vitamin), antioxidants and phytochemicals. What does this punch of nutrition do to your body? It prevents fatty liver disease, may ward off cancer, improve skin and digestive health, and may slow aging. Aren’t these enough reasons to add chayote squash to your diet?!

Creamy Vegan Chayote Squash Soup

This wonderfully creamy but vegan (read the secret ingredient in the recipe) chayote squash soup is easy to make and packs a huge punch of nutrients. It takes 15 minutes to prep, and another 15 to cook this low-cal dish for four. Serve chilled or hot.

Special Diet: Gluten Free, Grain Free, No Added Sugar, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups chayote squash
  • 1/4 cup potato
  • 1 jalapeno, or to taste
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic, freshly chopped
  • 1 tbsp mint leaves, freshly chopped
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt, or to taste

Garnishing

  • 2 tsp butter, or vegan equivalent
  • 1/2 cup onion, long cut for garnishing
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly grated
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, freshly chopped

METHOD

  1. Wash and peel (peel only if the skin is tough and/or not organically grown) chayote squash and remove the soft seed inside. Peel the potato. Cut chayote squash and potato into 1″ pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Add chopped jalapeno and garlic. Sauté for about 20 seconds.
  3. Add chayote squash, potato and salt. Cover and cook on medium flame until the pieces are firmly cooked. Turn occasionally to make sure the veggies don’t stick to the bottom. If needed, you can add a little bit of water to prevent burning.
  4. Allow the veggies to cool. Add to a blender, along with fresh mint leaves. Blend to a smooth consistency. Add a bit of water if needed.
  5. in a small pan (kadai) add a little butter and sauté long cut onion. When the onion turns light brown, turn off the heat.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with the browned onions, freshly grated black pepper and chopped cilantro. Soup can be served chilled in the summer and can be warmed up in the winter.

Notes

*Use organic ingredients wherever possible

For the full recipe, go to https://healthy-indian.com/recipes/creamy-vegan-chayote-squash-soup/

About Malathy Chandrasekhar:

Healthy Indian empowers people to live a nourishing, healthy lifestyle. We provide recipes of healing foods for the body and soul, yoga movements, Ayurveda, gardening and much more. So, look around, soak in the goodness, and join us as we revolutionize what it means to live healthy. Follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramYouTube & Tumblr for healthy, easy and delicious recipes and lifestyle tips.

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