Can anybody avoid having a bowl full of soup with rising wisp of steam coming out of it, in a chilled weather? I guess no one. Soup is a traditional French cuisine. It has been made since long ago, as about 6000 BC. Even today, its popularity remained the same or rather increased to a great extend. In spite of being an English delicacy, its popularity spread all over the world. Almost every country welcomed it in their own way, with their own culinary skill and style and as a result, we got so many delicious varieties of soup nowadays.
# What is Soup?
Soup is mainly a hot (sometimes cold also), savory, liquid cuisine added with pieces of vegetables and meat in it. Mainly it is made in a pot boiling process. It is normally taken at the beginning of a meal, as an appetizer or it is taken all alone.
# Classification of Soup :
* Classification of soup according to its density: Density wise soup is classified into two groups, 1.Clear Soup and 2. Thick Soup.
1.Clear Soup is a watery kind of soup, i.e. with no thickness in it.
2.Thick Soup is made in thick consistency. This thickness is made by adding starch (mainly corn starch), pureed vegetables, eggs or sometimes using rice, lentils, beans, flour and other grains.
*Classification of soup with the choice of ingredients:
Another classification of soup is according to its choice of ingredients; 1.Vegetable or Vegetarian soup and 2.Non –Vegetarian soup.
1.Vegetable Soup or Veg Soup is made by vegetable as a key ingredient, but no non-vegetarian items like fish, meat etc are added to it.
2.Non Vegetarian Soup or popularly known as Non-Veg soup, is that whose main ingredient is non-vegetarian items like fish, meat etc.
#Some popular Soup from all over the world:
There are various ranges of soup made by different cultures of people to satisfy their own taste buds, some of them became famous and appreciated all over the world. These are as follows:
*Tomato Soup: It is a vegetable thick soup and the main ingredient in it is the tomato.
*Manchow Soup: It is a Chinese thick soup, can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian, both and served with deep fried noodles sprinkled on it.
*Tomato Basil Soup: It is a vegetable soup with two main key ingredients, tomato, and basil leaf.
*Hot and Sour Soup: It is a Chinese thick soup and can be vegetarian and non-vegetarian, both.
*Sweet Corn Soup: Perhaps, it is the most popular soup all over the world. It is a thick soup. Corn is one of the main ingredients here and it is made in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian style.
*Mushrooms Soup: It is mainly a veg soup with mushroom as the main ingredient. #Health benefits of Soup:
*Goodness for health: As soup is full of veggies, it is nutritious. Also, the liquid present in it keep us hydrated. So it is quite healthy. *Helps in weight management:
A bowl full of soup, carries very minimum calorie. So doctors always prescribe it for weight management.
*Very easy and affordable to make: As soup is very easy to make and cost friendly, like very few ingredients are needed to make soup, people can have it on a regular basis. *Makes people feel full: As soup has the ability to stretch the stomach, it can make people full for a longer time span. *Has the ability to make people feel better: As soup is easily digestible and healthy, doctors often prescribe it to sick people which help them to get well soon.
#Popularity: Observing tremendous popularity of soup, various food based companies like Knorr Soup, Chings Soup, Bambino Soup, came up with huge varieties of soup. As day by day people are getting conscious about their health, they will incorporate soup more and more in their life ahead.