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Mollie Katzen's Spinach-Basmati Soup with Yogurt

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Recipe for Spinach-Basmati Soup with Yogurt

Excerpted from The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation, © 2013 by Mollie Katzen. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. 

Makes 5 or 6 Servings

Soothing and thick, tart, lightly spiced, and golden-hued, this is the soup to turn to when you need some calm. All will make sense for a moment when you sit down with this bowlful, and you will come away feeling truly well fed. You’ll need little else to call this a meal.

You can cook the rice well ahead of time. Once it is ready, this dish comes together quickly and can be served as soon as it’s assembled. And you can just as easily store it in the refrigerator and reheat (gently) later. It should keep very well for several days and will thicken as it sits. If you like, you can thin the leftovers with water or stock.

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups minced onion (1 large)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon turmeric
¾ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1 tablespoon minced or crushed garlic
½ pound (or more) fresh spinach, washed, stemmed, and coarsely chopped
3 cups water or vegetable stock (page 22) or low-sodium store-bought
1 cup cooked brown basmati rice
1 cup plain yogurt, at room temperature
Black pepper

1. Place a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat for about a minute, then add the olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the onion, cumin, turmeric, and ¼ teaspoon of the salt and cook, stirring, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the onion becomes soft. Add the garlic and another ¼ teaspoon of the salt, reduce the
heat to low, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or so. Toss in the spinach plus the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir, then cover and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes longer.

2. Add the water or stock, bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook over the lowest possible heat for 10 minutes. 

3. Turn off the heat and stir in the rice and yogurt. Taste to adjust the salt and add black pepper to your liking. It’s now ready to serve.

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