Our journey across India has entered almost the last phase, this being Day 22. Lets visit the Union Territory of Pondicherry or Puducherry (Meaning a new village) or affectionately called Pondy. It is a former French Colony.

When I think of Pondy, I think of Aurobindo Ashram and the beautiful beaches. The four official languages of Puducherry are Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and French, with English being a bridge, so to say. As a result, Pondy cuisine is influenced by Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and French cooking. The Indo-French cuisine is the popular one there.

So this Butternut Squash Potato Bisque felt like an apt representation of the Pondy cuisine. We found that this soup was very filling. The next time I shall try it with low fat milk and see if there is any perceivable difference in taste.

Slurp the soup here while I am off to Punjab, the land of five rivers. 

Recipe Source - here
Ingredients - 

Butter 1 Tbsp
Onion, chopped 1/2 cup
Garlic, chopped 2 cloves
Celery, chopped 1 stalk
Carrot, chopped 1 cup
Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded, chopped 2 cups
Potato, peeled, chopped 3/4 cup
Vegetable Stock 3 cups (or water)
Salt as needed
Cumin Powder 1/4 tsp
Herbes de Provence 1 Tbsp (2 tsp Thyme, 2 tsp Marjoram, 2 tsp Summer savory, 1 tsp Rosemary, 1 tsp Tarragon)
Buttermilk 1/4 cup
Half-Half Milk 1/2 cup (I used 1 cup of Whole milk condensed to 1/2 cup)
Parsley or Coriander leaves for Garnish



Method Of Preparation -


In a heavy bottomed pan, heat butter, saute onions and garlic until they are slightly brown.

Add in the celery and carrots. Cook for about 2 minutes.

Then add in the butternut squash and potato. Saute for a couple minutes and pour in the vegetable stock. Cover and let it cook for about 10 min.

Sprinkle the Herbes de Provence, salt and cumin powder. 

Blend in the buttermilk and half-half milk. Remove from fire.

Blend the mixture until smooth and creamy and serve hot. (If needed simmer the creamy soup for  few minutes).

Garnish with parsley/coriander leaves and serve with some herbed croutons for a filling soup.



Preparation Time 25 min
Serves 4

19 comments

  1. Looks so so yumm...

     
  2. wow that bowl of goodness!!! so beautiful and divine!!

     
  3. Sathya Priya Says:
  4. looks so yummy ...colorful presentation

     
  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Bisque, this Indo french dish is our family favourite, wat a comforting bowl of soup..Delicious.

     
  7. Suma Gandlur Says:
  8. Colorful and comforting soup.

     
  9. Very rich and creamy

     
  10. Srivalli Says:
  11. So beautifully presented!..it surely looks so creamy and filling for a dinner!

     
  12. Kalyani Says:
  13. What a lovely bowl of bisque - I modified it to make a slightly differnt platter

     
  14. Pavani N Says:
  15. Bisque sure looks creamy, hearty and delicious.

     
  16. Bisque looks so nice...

     
  17. Bisque looks so creamy and delicious..

     
  18. I had this bisque bookmarked as by the time I thought of Pondi it was hot enough to fry. this looks so yum that I want to try it out in rains.

     
  19. I had this bisque bookmarked as by the time I thought of Pondi it was hot enough to fry. this looks so yum that I want to try it out in rains.

     
  20. I had this bisque bookmarked as by the time I thought of Pondi it was hot enough to fry. this looks so yum that I want to try it out in rains.

     
  21. Usha Rao Says:
  22. Butternut squash and potato bisque looks like a filling soup. Nice pick for the state.

     
  23. what a flavorful and thick soup - perfect for winter

     
  24. wow thats an fantastic bowl of squash and potato bisque :) looks very tempting and one comforting dish !!

     
  25. Padmajha PJ Says:
  26. Lovely recipe and I like that last pic.Looks so good Harini...

     
  27. i love hearty chowders and bisques.. this one looks yummy

     
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