Easy Healthy Watercress Soup Recipe

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Watercress is a vegetable that is consumed mainly for health benefits. This aquatic plant contains a significant amount of vitamins, especially Vitamin C, and minerals like phosphorus, calcium, iron, folic acid and iodine. It is also used as a diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, antiseptic, antibiotic and tonic.

This useful herb is available in some fresh produce markets or farmers' markets. It is usually sold in bunches. Watercress is very perishable and do not keep well after it is harvested. As a result, not many vegetable growers like to cultivate this vegetable, which explains why the supply of the watercress vegetable in the markets is usually low. Due to its popular demand, this vegetable is sometimes hard to find in the markets even when it is in season.

Watercress soup is claimed to be beneficial to the health because of its nutritional contents. The Chinese use watercress in herbal tonic soups for health benefits. It is believed the watercress tonic soup can improve one's health if it is consumed on a regular basis.

This watercress soup recipe is definitely healthy because it contains plenty of vegetables. On a cold winter's day, sitting down with a big bowl of soup in front of you is the most comforting and delicious way to warm up the heart.


Ingredients

  • 2 bunches watercress, (they are usually sold in bunches in the markets, probably about 200 grams per bunch)
  • 3 litres water
  • 500 grams beef, (can be substituted with chicken or pork)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • half teaspoon ground coriander
  • salt to taste, adjust to your own preference
watercress in the pot
watercress in the pot | Source
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Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • Yields: Serves two people.

Instructions

  1. Wash the watercress thoroughly to remove the soil and dirt particles.
  2. Cut beef into chunks.
  3. Peel and slice the carrot into chunks.
  4. Cut the capsicum in half. Remove and discard the stalk and seeds. Slice the capsicum into smaller chunks and set aside.
  5. Heat up oil in a pot and fry garlic until slightly brown in colour. Add in beef chunks and fry for a few minutes until fragrant.
  6. Add in water, carrot chunks and cover pot. Cook on high heat until the water is boiling. Lower the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes or until the beef is tender.
  7. Add in watercress, capsicum, ground coriander, salt and pepper. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes. The watercress should be soft by then.
  8. Serve hot with steamed rice.
watercress soup with beef, carrots and capsicums
watercress soup with beef, carrots and capsicums | Source

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I have never cooked with watercress. I see it at the grocery store and I don't remember every buying it. However, this soup sounds interesting and easy to make. Next time I will be aware of this. What is capsicum?


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

carol7777- I hope you get to try out this watercress recipe soon. I think the capsicum is known as bell pepper or sweet pepper in America. It is a sweet variety and not hot like a chili pepper.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Thanks for explaining. Now I just have to go to the store and buy some watercress.

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