"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering."
If you don't already love watercress, it's time to get to know this amazing leafy green. This delicious sattvic soup is a great way to start. It's nourishing, energizing, gently cleansing and deeply satisfying.
This is a great recipe to enjoy during a spring detox, or any time you wish to feel a boost of vital energy. Serves 2-3.
2 tbsp ghee
1 large carrot or 1 bunch asparagus, chopped (you can also set some aside for garnish)
1 bunch fresh watercress
15 almonds or 1 avocado (you can also set some aside for garnish)
½ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped (or substitute basil and/or mint)
2 cups hot water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
½ teaspoon coriander powder
Pinch of asafoetida
Salt and pepper to taste
Start by heating your ghee in a medium soup pot, on low to medium heat. Add ginger, coriander, and asafoetida, and sauté for 1–2 minutes or until the fragrance is released, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Add the asparagus (or carrot) and continue to cook for 3–4 minutes until tender. Reduce heat to low, add the watercress, and cook for 2–3 more minutes.
Transfer mix to a high-speed blender, add the avocado (or almonds), fresh herbs, lemon juice, and water. If using almonds, you may wish to add half the soup and almonds and puree well, and then add the rest of the soup to get the desired texture. Purée until creamy (or to desired texture -- I liked to keep some of the texture of the greens). Taste and season with salt and pepper.
To serve, pour into individual bowls and garnish with chopped avocado and/or asparagus tops, or the garnish of your choice. For a heartier meal, you could also pour this soup over a large scoop of well-cooked quinoa or kasha. Enjoy!
Inspired with variations by Banyan Botanicals/Claire Ragozzino.
About the Author Briya Freeman is a facilitator based in Ottawa, Canada. Her primary focus is on offering courses in personal growth, meditation, and self-healing.
Briya is a long-term student of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. She also holds studies in ayurveda at Anjali School of Ayurveda (Kerala, India) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Ottawa. She is the creator of Ayurveda for Vibrant Living, a practical exploration of the fundamentals of the science of self-healing.
She can be reached at briyafreeman.com