My fragrant rice soup with meat balls!

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Aromatic rice soup

First  wintry breeze forces me to create this aromatic rice soup recipe with good old lamb meatballs.When I say the temperature 10 degrees on my phone, I started feeling dreadfully cold  instantly even though I was in a cozy situation. Lunch time has arrived.A perfect soup would be great to warm me enough.

Aromatic Ingredients
Aromatic Ingredients

I had few Thai cooking ingredients,so decide to use them to fragrant my rice soup.The main aromatic ingredients in this recipe are lemongrass stick, lemon leaves, zest of lemon and lime.Jasmine rice is another flavouring ingredient.When all these ingredients go in one dish , trust me they will make your day aromatic.

I also had some lamb mince meat to prepare the kebab recipe.I thought meatballs would go well with the rice soup.I have used some winter vegetables in this recipe, but you can use any vegetable of your choice.It’s totally up to you ,no rules at all for the soups.I have used olive oil but butter is a better option for an extra favour.

 

At first, I prepared the meatballs to cook.You will need

Marinate the meat
Marinate the meat
  • Lamb minced meat / any minced meat : 500 grams (I have marinated extra meat for other preparation, you can use less amount).
  • 1/2 chopped red onion.As fine as possible.
  • Finely chopped garlic: 4 to 5 cloves.(skip it if you don’t fancy)
  • Grated ginger : 1 table spoon.
  • 2 table spoons of yogurt.
  • Garam Masala powder or use any curry powder : 1 table spoon.
  • Turmeric powder: 1 tea spoon. (If you are using curry powder you don’t have to use turmeric powder).
  • Freshly grated nutmeg: half of a nutmeg.
  • Lemon zest : around 1 table spoon.
  • Black pepper powder.(Freshly ground).
  • Salt to taste.
  • Olive oil to saute.

Mix all the ingredients well.Don’t be afraid to use your hands.Use gloves if possible.Mix well and keep the meat dough in the fridge or in a cool place .By the time meat gulps all the flavours,cook the rice soup.

To make the rice soup

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  • Jasmine rice or any aromatic rice : half cup .(Enough for 2 people).
  • Carrots : one large.
  • Finely chopped shallots : one small or half of a big onion.
  • Finely chopped mushrooms.
  • Diced potatoes : one small.
  • Fresh peas or frozen :  half cup.
  • Lemon and lime zest : two table spoons.
  • Freshly ground black and white pepper : 1 table spoon.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Olive oil or butter.
  1.  Heat the oil (1 table spoon) or butter in the pan.Add chopped onions.

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2. Add half cup of rice and mix them well.

3. then add 4 cups of water, diced potatoes ,peas and salt.These two vegetables will take time to cook,so add them at the beginning of the cooking.You may need to add more water later .

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4.Then goes  lemongrass stick .Chop half of the lemon grass and keep half of the lemon grass long.(You can slice them and keep it long in size).Add them to the rice water with some thinly sliced lemon leaves.

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5. Boil them untill the rice become mushy.It will take 30 minutes to 40 minutes for rice to become mushy.Keep checking them every after 5 minutes,cause water gets dry very easily.You can  extra hot water if required.If you want your soup to be more soupy consistency then add extra water.I like my soup to be towards solid consistency, so I have used 5 cups of water.

Rice soup
Rice soup
Now time to cook the meatballs.

Heat some olive oil in the pan.Carefully slide the meatballs in.Cook them in low flame until they become brown in colour.

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Fry meat balls
For decoration:

I have used meatballs, some fried diced potatoes, salad onion, zest of lime and ground black and white pepper.

photo-3Today’s tips : Cover the left over raw onions with the cling film and store them in the fridge, so your fridge will not be smelly and onion will stay fresh for longer time.

 

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53 Comments Add yours

  1. Steve says:

    Nice colors….. Looks very good……. How are you….. Didn’t see you for long….

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you Steve! I was not well.I’m back now hopefully! how r you?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Steve says:

        Nice to see you back….. What happened?

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    2. payel says:

      I don’t know how come your blog was unfollowed,I thought you haven’t post anything.Now I see you have made quite a lot of work.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Steve says:

        Yeah…..how are you now and what had happened to you

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      2. payel says:

        I’m fine now, it’s a long story! 😀

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      3. Steve says:

        How nothing serious

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      4. Steve says:

        Hope nothing serious

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  2. Looks so colourful.I am sure it tastes as good.Missed you.How are you now ?

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you so much Anuradha di.I’m much better now! I’m glad to know that you have missed me.:D

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      1. Take care of your health.

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    2. payel says:

      Waiting for your next recipe!

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      1. Hahaha.So sweet of you.

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  3. Interesting recipe… welcome back😊

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you 😀 !

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  4. Poetpas says:

    You did it again. Looks amazing! Bet it tastes amazing too! Hungry!!!!!!

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    1. payel says:

      Trust me you got to try this Jerry ! Amazing flavours!

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      1. Poetpas says:

        I trust you 😉 My bowels are a bit off but I’ll try it once I feel a bit better.

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  5. Wow what an informative post and all your dishes look tasty and yum. 👍 👍

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    1. payel says:

      I am so glad that you have find my post informative! Thank you so much!

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  6. Sounds delicious. I’ve been looking for a recipe to take the chill off the gloomy weather. Thank you!

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    1. payel says:

      I’m glad that you find my recipe helpful! Thank you!

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  7. Kiki says:

    Never heard of using rice as a base for soup. Looks wonderful, where did you get the idea from?

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you Kiki! The base of the idea is from khichdi!😀

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  8. lovely colors of taste………

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you Sudhir!

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  9. This is sinful Payel!! Rocking and innovative.

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you my friend! Hope you will give it a try sometime !😊

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  10. Archana says:

    Beautiful pictures and lovely recipe, Payal!

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you Archana!😊

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  11. Sumith Babu says:

    Very informative!! And as usual nice capture:)

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you Sumith! Sorry to give you late reply! You how busy life is here! I can’t event post recipes! Uffff!
      To me it is an honour to receive comment from you Sumith! 😀

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  12. Such a good food blog. : )

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you so much @Doodlessworld

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  13. Leyla says:

    It looks so appetizing 🙂

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you Leyla

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  14. callmetrav says:

    Awesome recipe. I’m so happy I found your blog.

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you Trav for inspiring me ! 😊

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      1. callmetrav says:

        You inspire me too. 😊😊😊 Thank you

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  15. Super Delicious. Never heard of Rice Soup before. And with lamb meatballs, they are just a huge bonus in this recipe.

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you Cattie! It was delicious indeed! Thank you for visiting my blog!😊

      Like

  16. Jacque' says:

    The wife and I really love this blog and appreciate the creativity and inspiration you provide. We would like to encourage you to keep writing and never abandon this blog. I appreciate the hard work you have put into this blog and wish you all future success in business and in life.

    Thank you for your time, it is the most precious thing we all possess.
    -Jacque’

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    1. payel says:

      Thank you so much for your wonderful words Jacque.The way you appreciated my work, I will never forget. I will try to make more delicious recipes for good people like and your wife. Thank you for inspiring me.Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.:)

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  17. This looks so appetizing !! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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