Caldo Verde, a Soup
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5 from 3 votes

Caldo Verde, a Vegan Soup

Traditional Caldo Verde is made with meat but this vegetarian soup is a staple at my place.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Appetizers-Starters, Brunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Goan Cuisine, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Comfort food, Potato Soup with Greens, Vegan, Vegetarain
Servings: 5 people
Author: ArchanaPotdar

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 large potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 ml water
  • Salt taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 bundle palak washed and sliced fine

Instructions

  • In a deep pan add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the garlic and onion till the onion is translucent.
  • Add the potatoes and stir fry till the potatoes are little soft. Add the water and let it come to a boil.
  • Lower the flame and cook covered for about 30 minutes till the potatoes cook till mushy.
  • Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or use the hand mixer to make a smooth broth. You can also cool it and use the blender or for the processor. (for an easy hack see notes).
  • There are people who use sausages in this soup so fry the thinly sliced sausage and add to the soup. Add salt and pepper too. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Before serving stir in the palak and bring to a boil. (I do not as we prefer our palak uncooked).
  • Stir in the rest of the oil.
  • Serve with bread and top it with olives if you like them.

Notes

  • A simple hack to this soup I follow is that I pressure cook my potatoes and then mash them then add the water to the pan. Add about a litre of water you can always add more water if your broth is thick.
  • This is a soup that is made in Portugal where meat-eating is very common. So they add meat like ham hock, sausages.