On a cold day, rainy day or just pick me, these soup recipes are for you!

On the authority of Abu Musa al-Ash'ari (radiAllahu anhu), the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:

"The likeness of a righteous friend and an evil friend is the likeness of a (musk) perfume seller and a blacksmith. As for the perfume seller, he may either bestow something on you, or you may purchase something from him, or you may benefit from his sweet smell. And as for the blacksmith, he may either burn your clothes, or you may be exposed to his awful smell."

[Bukhari and Muslim]

Chicken corn soup

1 Lb. boneless  chicken, cut in small cubes

1 cup  corn kernels 

1 onion chopped

1  tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon oil

1 egg, slightly beaten

Salt & pepper

Heat oil and sauté the chicken pieces till it is well browned, add the onions and corn. Add about 3 cups of water and bring to boil. Add cornstarch mixed in a little water. then add the slightly beaten egg in thin streams to form noodle-like strings, adjust salt and black pepper to taste serve hot.

 Corn soup

1 cup fresh corn kernels

2 cups clear veg/meat stock

A small handful of green peas

2 spring onions sliced with leaves

½ carrot sliced

½ teaspoon salt

tablespoon oil

Heat the oil & add the corn, onions, green peas and carrots. Stir fry for 2-3 mins. Add the stock & salt and boil for 2 mins, serve it with red chillies/chilli sauce.


Minestrone soup

1 large onion

2 garlic cloves chopped

½ shredded cabbage

Other vegetables (leek, celery)

2 tomatoes, chopped fine

Carrots cut into small pieces

tablespoon tomato paste

A handful of red beans (boiled) 

1/2 cup cut pasta (boiled)

1 handful of rice


¼ kg of stock(bones/meat)

2 tablespoon oil

1 tablespoon butter

Heat oil and brown the meat, add 1 cup water and cook till it is tender. In another pan take 1 tablespoon of butter sauté the onion on medium-low heat till soft and add the garlic, the carrots, leeks cabbage, tomatoes, tomato paste and red beans. Add pasta and rice. Add stock and salt, cook till rice is tender. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve hot.



¼ kg meat cubed into small pieces  

1 onion chopped

¼ grated cabbage

1 grated carrot

2 grated potatoes

A handful of red beans boiled

A handful of green beans

1 tomato chopped

tablespoon cornflour

1 chicken stock cube

1 teaspoon butter

3 cups Water

Pressure cook all the above together or slow cook. Serve hot.

Meat stew

1lb meat stock

1 carrot sliced

1 onion thinly sliced

2 tablespoon butter

1tablespoon flour

1 stock cube mixed in 1 cup of hot water

Salt & pepper

Clean the meat and cut it into cubes. Heat the butter and fry the meat till browned, remove it and keep aside. In the same pan as you browned the meat add flour and fry till golden brown, add the stock to the flour gradually while stirring. Bring to boil and add the meat and the carrots. Reduce heat and allow to simmer till meat is tender.

Lentil soup

½ cup mesoor dal (red lentil)

1 cup water

1 onion chopped

1 garlic clove-chopped fine

1/8 tsp clove powder

1 stock cube

Dash of black  pepper powder

Soak the lentils for 3-4 hrs. wash and boil with the chopped onion, garlic, and clove pd. When the lentil is tender, add black pepper powder and a stock cube. Bring to boil, once tender you can use a hand stick blender to puree the lentil mixture.


Carrot soup

4 cups water

4 carrots sliced

1 potato sliced

1 onion sliced

¼ tsp dried basil

tablespoon butter

1½ teaspoon salt

Place water and salt in a pan and bring it to a boil. Add carrots, potato and onion, cover, and simmer till the vegetables are tender. Puree the vegetables and return to the pan, add pepper and heat. Stir in butter.

Chicken hot & sour soup

4-5 cups chicken stock

¼ cup shredded chicken

2 flakes of crushed garlic

¼ cup shredded cabbage

1 small grated carrot

1 chopped spring onion

2-3 tablespoon cornflour

tablespoon soya sauce

tablespoon vinegar

1 teaspoon red chilli paste

½ b. pepper, salt to taste

tablespoon oil

Heat oi in a pan. Add garlic, stir. Add cabbage, carrot, spring onion and chicken. Sauté for 30 sec. add the chicken stock. Add soy sauce, vinegar, chilli paste, salt and pepper to the stock. Stir and boil it till the vegetables are soft and the chicken is tender. Mix cornflour with ½ cup cold water and add to the soup. Boil and cook on low heat for 4-5 mins till the soup thickens and the raw smell of the cornflour disappears. Serve it hot.


Mixed vegetable soup

1 small carrot                                                                               

1 cauliflower

½ capsicum

2-3 French beans

30 grams sweet peas

1 onion

 ¼ cabbage, chopped

½ teaspoon  soya sauce

Ginger and garlic

¼ teaspoon  crushed red chilli

 ½ teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoon cornflour

tablespoon butter

2 cups water

Chop all the vegetables, heat the butter in a pan. Add ginger, garlic, and vegetables. Stir fry the vegetables for about 3mins. Add water and bring it to a boil. Mix cornflour in ½ cup cold water and add to the soup, stirring simultaneously. Bring to boil till thick and transparent. Serve hot.


Shurbo soup

1 cup wheat (sock overnight)

4-5 cloves garlic

1 small onion

1 tomato

Boil the above ingredients till the wheat is soft. Half crush with a blender stick and add the following

Salt to taste

1tsp jeero, 

1 tsp elchi pd

7-8 cloves

10-12 peppercorns

5-6 sticks of cinnamon

Boiled meat

Cook on low heat and finally add tamarind juice and heat 2 tbsp ghee. 

Oxtail soup

1 small onion

Chopped garlic

1 beef cube

Garam masala whole- jeero, cinnamon, black pepper

1tbs bread crumbs

1tsp black pepper

750gm oxtail