Nutritionist Luke Coutinho comes up with cold soup recipes to beat the summer heat
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Nutritionist Luke Coutinho comes up with cold soup recipes to beat the summer heat

Luke Coutinho, has come up with healthy cold soup recipes that provide antioxidants and help digestion.

fitness Updated: Jun 22, 2017 18:34 IST
Collin Rodrigues
Collin Rodrigues
Hindustan Times
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Luke Coutinho has used old recipes, but they are prepared differently and are healthy(HT Photo)

It’s summer time in India. And, as the mercury keeps rising, the first thing that comes to your mind is a something like a cold aerated drink, may be an ice cream or something that keeps you cold. A soup will surely be your last option. Luke Coutinho , who is a holistic nutritionist , exercise physiologist and MD Alternative Medicine, has come up with -- healthy cold soup recipes. Coutinho, who practises in the field of integrative and lifestyle medicine across India, Europe and the US, has used old recipes for the soups. But, the only difference being they are healthy and served cold.

He says, “I have used old recipes, but they are prepared differently and they are healthy. The original recipes of soups use a lot of cream and butter for cooking as well as garnishing. These things make the soup a little hard to digest. So, I’ve have tweaked the recipes and added few healthy ingredients such as veggies, avocado, Indian spices, etc. to make them easy on digestion at the same time yummy for your palate.”

The health benefits of Coutinho’s soups are enormous. He says, “Cold soups are great deal when it comes to health benefits in summers because hot foods are the last thing you want to have when you come home after a tiring day. Cold soups are loaded with veggies that’ll provide antioxidants to reduce the tiredness. They will also make your body alkaline; making your digestion smooth. They are also filled with goodness of vitamins, electrolytes and minerals what we lose in the day due to sweat.” The soups are thirst quenchers as well. Coutinho adds, “I’ve kept the sodium or salt to an optimum level in the soups. It’s always the sodium in your drink that makes you feel that your thirst is not quenched.”

Cold soup recipes

Spiced carrot soup
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 cloves
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 whole chopped green onion
1 tsp red chilli flakes
250 gms peeled and chopped carrots
1 inch turmeric root
2 cups of water
1 tsp rock salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp fresh coconut milk
1 sprig of mint

Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan. Add garlic, ginger and onion, chilli flakes and sauté for two minutes. Add carrots to it, along with the turmeric root. Cook for three minutes, add water to the pan and simmer it for 15 minutess until the carrots are soft. Switch off the gas and top it with the salt and pepper. Let it cool. Blend the mixture until it’s smooth. Let it cool down for three hours. Serve in a bowl and top it up with the coconut milk and the mint.
- Luke Coutinho

Beetroot and orange cold soup
1 tbsp olive oil
2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
300gm cooked beetroot, peeled and sliced
2 oranges, grated zest and juice
250ml vegetable stock
2 tablespoon honey
Salt and freshly black pepper

In a blender, puree the beetroot with orange juice and olive oil. Add celery, honey and stock. Season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth and serve cold.
Sudhir Pai, executive chef, Holiday Inn, Andheri (E)

Kiwi Gazpacho
100gm kiwi
50gm green cucumber
25gm large tomatoes
10gm celery
20gm large red onion
5gm sliced jalapeno
15ml sherry vinegar
30ml extra virgin olive oil
5gm Iodised salt
5gm pepper

Blend all the ingredients together and serve cold.
Prakash Lopes, executive sous chef, Sofitel, Bandra (E)

First Published: May 13, 2017 19:46 IST