Vegetarian Concoctions

February 27, 2007

Potato and Leek soup

Filed under: Barley, Celery, JFI, Leeks, Mixed Veggies, Orzo, Parsley, Potato, Soup's on, Soups — Hema @ 4:43 pm

It is crunch time!  I did’nt realize February has but 28 days. It has been a busy month and I have missed out on posting a strawberry treat for AFAM. Reading my previous post on hot and sour soup, Asha suggested that I send my soup for Alanna’s “Soup’s on” event. I sent in the link to Alanna without even mentioning the event in my post:) hehe…stupid me. That, obviously is not acceptable. So, here is another soup that I brewed up keeping in mind the deadlines for two events: the “Soup’s on” and ……..yeah, you got that right “JFI-Potato“. This time, it is my chance to say ‘Ek pathar se do shikaar‘(two prays with one stone). I mixed and matched ingredients from 4 different recipes in 3 different books (Potato, leek and pea soup, Spinach and orzo soup, spring soup with barley and leak and carrot soup). Hence, the recipe is very versatile and additions and deletion can be made according to taste…just make sure you use the potatoes and leeks though, if you want to retain the name on it. Potato gives the soup its texture and leek its fabulous flavor. Here is what you need:


Potatoes – 2 nos medium sized

Leek – 1 no

Bay leaves – 2 nos

Red onions – 1/2 medium sized

Garlic – 2 cloves

Parsley – 1/2 bunch

Celery – 1 stem

Barley – 2 tbsp uncooked

Orzo – 2 tbsp uncooked

salt to taste

pepper to taste

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Water – 5-6 cups

Chop up the potatoes, leeks and celery to 1/2 inch pieces. Heat up olive oil and saute the onions till they are translucent. Add the garlic and bay leaves and saute for a minute. Add all the veggies and cover it up with water. Add salt and let this simmer away till the veggies are cooked well. Take half the soup out, let it cool down and then puree it. To the other half that is on the stove, add uncooked orzo, barley and chopped parsley. Continue cooking till the pasta is done. Dilute it further if required. Now add the pureed half and add salt and pepper according to taste. Garnish with parsley and serve hot.



  1. got any food with meat in it?

    Comment by abu ameerah — February 27, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

  2. YAY!! Another soup.Sorry about the last one but you can edit to add her blog and send it again!But you have made another for both!Hurray!Lokks great.

    I almost forgot there is only 28 days!!Oops!! I will post mine for JFI tomorrow.I don’t want to miss the deadline,worked too hard for that!;p

    Comment by asha — February 27, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

  3. Hi Hema ~ Oh I’m so glad you did another soup (and I bet your family is too, soup being so good!). I’m updating now so look for your post shortly and come back late (my) tomorrow to see if you might be the lucky winner of the cookbook from Nava Atlas! Good luck!!

    Comment by Alanna — February 27, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

  4. Aaaha…Hema.soup looks very very inviting.can I have the whole bowl please:D

    Comment by Vini K — February 28, 2007 @ 10:26 am

  5. @ abu ameerah
    Sorry, this is a no-meat zone. You were in the wrong place.

    I though of that, but that would’nt be fair. Had to make something for the JFi, so came up with this. Thanks!

    Yup we love soup and wish I had known about the event earlier. I could have sent in a few more. Thanks for the great theme for this month. Loved seeing all the entries.

    The whole pot is reserved for you!

    Comment by Hema — February 28, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

  6. good one, “ek soup do event”..kya baat

    Comment by sandeepa — February 28, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

  7. About your comment on my Mustard recipe:

    You have to make the mustard paste as said in the recipe, the store one doesn’t come close 🙂

    You can substitute Prawn with Paneer (maybe tofu, no idea) and Paneer comes out good.

    Comment by sandeepa — February 28, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

  8. Your soup is tempting me. Thanks for the nice soups.

    Comment by just for fun — February 28, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

  9. Soup sounds good.. orzo? is new to me.. what is it..Soups are wonderful for this cold weather.isn’t it..thanks for the recipe Hema

    Comment by prema — February 28, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

  10. It cant get better than that! Lovely picture. Makes me want to grab the bowl off the screen..:)

    Comment by sailaja — February 28, 2007 @ 11:25 pm

  11. Awesome soup with the right blend .

    Comment by Lera — March 1, 2007 @ 12:05 am

  12. Hi Hema,
    I must commend on your brain wave of combining 4 recipes n creating new one :)))
    The soup looks rich n filling,must be tasting good too 🙂
    Hema what is Orzo?Is it a cereal?
    Your soup photo looks yummmmm 🙂

    Comment by archana — March 1, 2007 @ 12:32 am

  13. a recipe from 4 different recipes? he he… love the presentation hema… looks really appetizing and filling:)

    Comment by sia — March 1, 2007 @ 8:10 am

  14. That is one good-looking soup! (And all the other pictures too!!)

    Comment by Anita — March 1, 2007 @ 8:23 am

  15. Hema, the soup looks awesome!! I love the addition of barley and orzo. I’m going to try this the next time I get some leeks. Thanks for the great recipe!

    Comment by outofthegarden — March 1, 2007 @ 9:02 am

  16. looks yummilicious! total comfort food. today seems to be the soup day, i’ve stumbled upon at least three blogs with soup posts. i’m lovin’ it.

    Comment by jacob — March 1, 2007 @ 11:59 am

  17. Hi Hema,
    Nice soup! Smart girl, two events with one recipe!! 🙂 Liked your version of hot and sour soup too. I had blogged one earlier, check out my version too. 🙂

    Comment by Jyothsna — March 1, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

  18. Wow that soup looks delicious. I never tried anything with leeks. So I am gonnu try this soon. Thanks for introducing a new veggie

    Comment by shilpa — March 1, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

  19. The soup looks delicious. Great entry for both the events, Hema.

    Comment by mandira — March 2, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

  20. That’s an amazing soup. Did I ever mention that soup is my favourite food? Thanks for adding to my “must cook” collection 🙂

    Comment by vasilisa — March 2, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

  21. Yeh! Someone else who mixes several recipes into one! And what a lovely resulting soup it is.

    Comment by Susan from Food "Blogga" — March 3, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

  22. Thanks everyone.

    Comment by Hema — March 6, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

  23. the soup looks very delicious

    love the mix and match

    Comment by Roopa — April 2, 2007 @ 12:31 am

  24. I am looking for an old recipe that was a favorite of mine; TOO SOUP! It was a vegetable soup in broth; it had slices of cabbage in it. Originally it was part of some sort of diet program; it was the “free” item that you could eat any time.

    I’d appreciate the original recipe if anyone has it.

    Thanks, Cjt

    Comment by claudia — November 29, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

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