Dinner Special: 9 Hearty Soups To Stay Warm This Winter

As blankets and woollen clothes become our companions in the winter season, it's the perfect time to indulge in mouthwatering seasonal dishes. Apart from chai, coffee, and hot chocolate, Indian cuisine offers delights like gajar ka halwa, gond ke laddoo, undhiyu, gushtaba, and thukpa during the winter months.

When it comes to daily meals, our winter food should be warm, comforting, and packed with nutrients to ward off seasonal illnesses. Dinner, being the most anticipated meal, provides an opportunity to unwind and enjoy a comforting bowl of soup on a chilly night.

If you need hearty and delicious dishes to prepare for your next dinner, here are nine soup recipes you can try: 

Chicken Noodle Soup 

This is one of the favourite delights of the winter season. Packed with warm and spicy flavours, it comforts you during chilly evenings. Prepared with boneless chicken pieces, noodles, and a blend of spices like black pepper and red chilli powder, chicken noodle soup can satiate your soul this season. You can also enhance its flavour by adding vegetables like carrots and mushrooms.

Beetroot-Carrot-Spinach Soup 

This vegan, low-calorie and nutritious soup is a great way to add seasonal vegetables to your kid's plate. Bright and vibrant in colour, it is very easy to prepare. Made with the flavours of tomatoes, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, black pepper, and cinnamon, this delightful soup is served hot with finely chopped coriander leaves. 

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Made with fresh carrots, celery, ginger, and a hint of turmeric, this immunity-boosting soup can be a great dinner recipe for weekdays. If you don’t feel like cooking a heavy meal, make this warm soup in just half an hour. Packed with a burst of flavours, carrot-ginger soup can be garnished with spring onions, sesame oil, and lime juice. 

Dal Shorba

This winter delight needs no introduction in India. Dal shorba is a light and healthy soup that can keep you warm even on the chilliest day of the year. Made with yellow moong dal and seasoned with dry ginger powder and pepper, it is best served with croutons or bread sticks. You can also top the bowl with a few drops of lemon juice. 

Tomato Shorba

Made with tomato puree, spring onions, ginger-garlic paste, and spices like cumin, mustard seeds, garam masala, and peppercorns, it can provide you with relief from colds and coughs. Tomato shorba is light and hearty and can be served with slices of bread. Just make sure to use fresh tomatoes in the recipe.  

Mulligatawny Soup

Belonging to South Indian cuisine, mulligatawny soup is a very popular choice for non-vegetarians during the winter. The term mulligatawny means pepper water in Tamil. Made with chicken, lentils, vegetables, lentils, and mutton, it can also be served with rice. You can also make a vegetarian version of this soup by eliminating chicken and mutton. 

Pumpkin And Prawn Soup

Pumpkin prawn soup is a popular delicacy in Thai cuisine. Let's give it an Indian touch with our desi spices and make it with butternut pumpkin, potatoes, and prawns. This soup is seasoned with coconut cream, red chilli, ginger-garlic paste, and korma curry paste. Garnish the soup with coriander leaves and serve hot. 

Broccoli And Almond Soup

This rich, creamy soup is packed with the goodness of green vegetables like broccoli and crunchy almonds. Both of these ingredients help boost your immunity during the winter. Made with broccoli florets, milk, whole almonds, garlic, and peppercorns, it can be served with garlic bread, salad, and pasta for dinner. 

Makai Ka Shorba

This is another warm and nutritious variety of shorba you can relish during the winter. Prepared in less than half an hour, it is vegan and gluten-free too. The main ingredients of this soup are grilled corn kernels, carrots, almond milk, or any other vegan milk, and spices like cloves, bay leaf, cumin, and ginger powder.