Heat 1 tbs ghee and olive oil on a pan and add 1/2 c. chopped leeks, 1 cut carrot and 1/2 c. sliced fennel. Saute over gentle heat until the leeks are soft. Add 1 1/2 sliced squash, 4 c. peas, salt and saute again until mix is soft. Cover with 6 c. water and simmer for 20 mins. Add 2 tbs chopped mint, 1 1/2 chopped parsley. Mix in a blender, top with olive oil and serve.
This soup is really yummy and hearty. We often eat it for dinner with some chapatis or thick bread.
Green peas are sweet to taste, cooling and dry in nature and have a sweet post digestive effect. This means that they pacify both kapha and pitta and don’t aggravate vata if they are cooked thoroughly. All of these factors make it a perfect food for the spring and summer time for the whole family.
Pea Soup with Fresh Mint and Parsley
Ingredients (serves 6)
- 1 heaping tbsp. ghee
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 c. sliced leek
- 1/2 c. sliced fresh fennel
- 1 medium-sized carrot
- 1 1/2 c. sliced summer squash
- 4 c. green peas (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 6 c. water or soup stock (Here‘s a recipe for stock if you don’t know how to make it yourself.)
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh Mint
- 1 1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh italian Parsley
- Shell the green peas and place them in a bowl. Discard the pods.
- Add ghee and oil to a pan. Heat slightly and then add chopped leeks, carrots and fennel to pan. Saute over gentle heat until the leeks are soft and translucent.
- Add squash and peas and toss to cover with oil and ghee. Add salt and sautee a bit longer, until the squash starts to soften.
- Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until the peas are soft–about 20 minutes.
- Add chopped mint and parsley and simmer for 3-5 more minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit. Blend in blender or with hand mixer until they have a lumpy consistency, or until completely smooth.
- Serve topped with olive oil or creme fraiche.
Health Benefits Of Pea Mint Soup
- Fresh mint supports digestion without increasing heat in the system. It also eases bloating and nausea.
- Fresh parsley also supports digestion and helps the body to excrete excess water without causing the loss of electrolytes.
- It has a ton of vitamin C and vitamin A, is a pretty good source of iron and can help to bring on a late period, making it an indispensable herb for supporting women’s health.