Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Fasolada | Greek Bean Soup | Soup Recipe

Fasolada is a greek soup made from white beans/lima beans along with vegetables mainly carrot and celery. It's also called as "National food of Greek". According to wiki, it's similar to the ancient greek dish made of broad beans and vegetables,strictly without meat which was used to sacrifice to Greek God Apollo during the festival Pyanopsia,an ancient greek festival to honor God Apollo.
Traditionally, this soup was prepared by cooking beans in large pot for hours and in between all the veggies are added.But here i have used my pressure cooker to make the process easier and faster. This is the first time, i'm trying soup with some beans, to be honest it was so delicious and the flavor was so wonderful. Olive oil and celery gives nice flavor to the soup and the tomatoes gives bright color and required tanginess. Over all, we totally love it and i'm gonna make this again soon 😄


Fasolada | Greek Bean Soup

Preparation Time : 8 hrs for soaking | Cooking Time : 30 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Soup | Recipe Cuisine: Greek
Ingredients
Lima Beans/White Beans - 1/2 cup
Celery sticks - 2 
Red Onion(small) - 1 
Carrot - 1
Tomato* - 2 
Olive Oil - 1 tsp
Paprika - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Pepper - to taste 
*Instead of tomato, you can use 2 tsp of tomato paste too.

Procedure
Soak the bean in water for minimum 8 hrs or overnight.In the next morning, drain the water from the bean and add into the pressure cooker along with 1 cup of water and 1/4 tsp of salt and cook it for 3 whistle.In the mean time, chop onion into small pieces,carrot into thin slices and celery into 1/2 inch pieces.Heat the sauce pan with olive oil, add the onions and saute till it becomes translucent.Then add the carrot and celery and saute it in the oil for 2 mins. Chop the tomatoes roughly into small pieces, add into the mixie/blender jar and grind into smooth puree.After 2 mins of sauteing the veggies, add the tomato puree into veggie along with 1 cup of water.Add paprika & salt and bring into boil.Then add the cooked beans along with the cooked water and let it simmer for 20 - 25 mins.That's it, Healthy and Tasty Fasolada/Greek Bean Soup is ready.While serving, add pepper powder as needed.
Notes:
  • Instead of tomato, you can use tomato paste.
  • Use well ripe tomatoes to get the bright red color.
  • Let the soup simmer for atleast 20 mins to infuse the flavor well.
  • Minimum 8hrs of soaking bean is must to get the soft cooked beans.
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20 comments:

  1. Beautiful color! And the additional of beans must make it a very filling dish.

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    1. Yeah,it was very fulfilling dish.

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  2. Beautiful color your soup has... I also made it last month but mine was more clear than red... amazing flavors, isn't it?

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    1. Yeah Rafeeda, it has wonderful flavor. I think my tomatoes are very red, so the soup is.

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  3. Beans in soup makes for a filling meal. Your soup looks so good..

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  4. I do love soups of all kinds. The ones with beans are quite filling and are my favorites.

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    1. Yes Rajani, they are quite filling.

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  5. I love soups and this one looks so flavorful and filling. Bookmarking it to try..

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    1. I'm sure you would love this soup, Padmajha

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  6. Very filling and definitely a nutritious soup to enjoy without any fuss, i just love this kind of beans loaded soups.

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    1. Yes, It's very filling and healthy too.

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  7. Wow bean soup looks so good.

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  8. That's surely one filling soup Sandhiya..the pictures make it so tempting too..

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  9. The soup looks amazing!! And I loved how you have step-by-step pictures too !

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  10. That is a hearty and nutritious soup. Looks great.

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  11. The Greek style bean soup looks very hearty and filing.

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