Simple Arrowroot and Celery Soup.

Can you ever go wrong with soup?

Soups are a great way to keep hydrated in cold months, immune boosters that help warm the body and stave off colds, and you’re sure all the vitamins and minerals will not go to waste as they are all in the broth.

Arrowroot is a common vegetable here, also known as taro root. It’s one of the things I miss about home too as we are lucky enough to get them right from our shamba. The arrowroots here taste just as good and I have several great recipes lined up using them I can’t wait to share with you guys.

Arrowroots are good for you. They have isoflavones which help in alleviating menopausal symptoms, helps in absorption of calcium and food for the skin too; great anti aging properties, among other benefits.

Celery also had antioxidants, is full of vitamins and minerals and helps reduce inflammation due to its alkaline nature and supports proper digestion. Aren’t those good enough reasons to include them in your diet?

Let’s get started on our soup. This serves 5 full bowls of the hearty soup.

One tbsp cooking oil, one large arrowroot, peeled, cleaned and chopped, three stalks of celery chopped, one small onion and two cloves of garlic chopped, three cups of chicken broth (not in pic) or water and salt and pepper to taste.
Heat your sauce pan and add the oil. Sautée the onions till soft and a bit brown and add the garlic and celery.
Add the cubed arrow root and mix well. Let them cook a bit.
Add your stock of choice, or water until it covers the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper keeping in mind your broth has salt too.
Cover and bring to the boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes till the arrow root is fully cooked. Let cool a bit then blend to your preferred consistency.
After blending return soup to your sauce pan to heat it through and check your seasoning too.
Garnish it as you wish. I used crushed celery leaves, sesame seeds, a pinch of nutmeg and a dollop of fresh cream. Yum!
Doesn’t it look delicious?

You can have this soup on its own or with some buns on the side. Works well either way. This arrowroot soup is delicious, healthy, filling and warming.

Try it for breakfast on a cold morning, as a filling lunch option or light dinner. Either way, you’re bound to enjoy it!