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Spicy Winter Warmer Soup

Updated on July 17, 2011

Vegetable stock with chilli and sweet ginger.

This delicious, simple to make soup is perfect for warming you up or thawing you out on a cold winter's day, or for making you feel better if you are under the weather.

Boiling the vegetables and using the stock retains their nutrients, the chilli and ginger are both warming, and useful for fighting cold and flu symptoms, boosting the immune system and helping to alleviate pain. And rice is not only rich in carbs and protein, but it also contains important amino acids and is low in fat.

The result is a soothing and healing concoction, (that tastes really good too!)

Ingredients - makes 4 portions

Vegetable Stock

The following ingredients make up a very simple vegetable stock, but you can add other vegetables according to preference. Celery is a healthy and tasty addition, as are other root vegetables. Some people also like to add thyme, parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns or marjoram. The stock retains the healthy nutrients from all of the ingredients that you use - it's just pure, concentrated nutrition!

2 litres/3.5 pints water

1 medium onion

200 grams/7 ounces fresh or frozen carrots

1/2 head of garlic

Other Ingredients

2 or 3 dried chillis, chopped up small

4 balls stem ginger (the kind that comes in sugar syrup), chopped into small cubes

6 teaspoons stem ginger syrup (from the stem ginger jar)

50 grams/2 ounces uncooked rice per person


Roughly chop up all the vegetables, and make your vegetable stock, by either boiling them up in the water, or steaming (with the vegetables in the upper pan and the water in the lower pan). Bring to the boil and then simmer for a further one and a half hours.

If you've boiled your ingredients in a pan, you'll then need to sieve out the vegetables, returning the stock to the saucepan.   Next, add the chopped chillis, stem ginger and syrup and heat on a medium light for a further 10 minutes, trying not to let it boil. While you're doing this, cook your rice in a separate pan.

Put some rice and some soup into each bowl, relax and enjoy!


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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      mireland19, thanks for your comment. I know I had it down as a winter recipe, but I'm actually going to make it again soon, even though it's spring! I think it probably works all year round. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to try it.

      History of Enchiladas, thanks for the information! Cool blog.

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      History Of Enchiladas 8 years ago

      The history of enchiladas the earliest known indigenous people who lived in a lake region of Mexico according to tradition ate small fish wrapped in corn tortillas.

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      Meagan Ireland 9 years ago from Maine

      Always looking for new winter recipies! Especially soups... so easy! Thanks for this one! :)

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      Moon Daisy 9 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment Triplet Mom, I hope you enjoy it!

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      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      This soup sounds rather simple and tasty once you have all the ingedients, I am going to defintely give it a try. Thank you!!

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      Moon Daisy 9 years ago from London

      Vibhavari, thanks for your comment. Yes, it's a nice soup for cold weather. That's right, people make vegetable stock using many different ingredients, it depends on what flavours they like. One of the good things about this time of year is that there are lots of root vegetables around, and they are very comforting in the winter-time.

      RGraf, thanks for your comment. I know that some people don't get on well with chillies. I think it would probably still work without them, the ginger adds some heat too, but it would just have less bite!

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Sounds wonderful. Though I'll have to take out the chilies since I'm a heat wimp.

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      Vibhavari 9 years ago from India


      This sounds quite delicious, moreover seems simple to make too. Will try it out when it gets a bit colder where I live, thats when people welcome hot soups.. I'm sure varing the ingredients a bit as you suggest can get different flavours for the palate.