Chicken and Pakchoi Broth – Just what your soul needs in winter

I came back from my winter vacation to a pleasant Kolkata. Cant say it really feels like winter here but the nip in the air kind of makes up for it. And this kind of weather calls for hot broths – fuss free but delicious. Our favourite Chinese joint , a discreet watering hole tucked away in the lanes of Tangra – China town of Kolkata make a mean chicken , mushroom soup, more a broth I would say. Clean flavours , nothing fancy but soul satisfying . I can survive on bowls of steaming hot soups every winter night , but since its not feasible to source it from outside all the time , I make my own. It just needs a little prep ahead, like you make the stock,store the veggies and you are good to go in a jiffy.

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Just go with your instinct I say when it comes to seasoning your broth. The simpler flavours you go for, the tastier the soup. Like in this one I just seasoned the stock with garlic, ginger and pepper. Toss together some veggies and boiled chicken in a pan, simmer with the stock and it is ready. Totally a soul satisfying experience.

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Chicken and Pakchoi Broth - Just what your soul needs in winter
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Asian
A nutritious and flavourful soup for the cold days
  • For the Stock:
  • Chicken - use ones with the bones - 6 pieces
  • Carrots - 1 small - cut into cubes
  • Ginger paste - 1 tbsp.
  • Garlic paste - 1 tbsp.
  • Pepper powder - 1 tbsp.
  • Aji no moto/mono sodium glutamate - a pinch
  • Water - 4 cups approx.
  • Salt - to taste
  • For the broth:
  • Button mushrooms - 1 cup - halved
  • Pakchoi - a bunch - trimmed and washed
  • Spring oinons - a handful - chopped for garnish
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Butter - 1 tbsp
  1. Lets make the stock first.
  2. In a pressure cooker , put all the ingredients listed under STOCK and let it cook for 5-6 whistle.
  3. Remove from heat and strain the stock.
  4. Remove the chicken from the bone and keep aside for use.
  5. In a big pan , heat the butter.
  6. Toss in the boiled shredded chicken and the mushroom.
  7. Next add the pakchoi leaves and let it cook for 2-3 mmins
  8. Add the prepared stock.
  9. Check seasoning.
  10. Let it simmer for 5 mins.
  11. Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve steaming hot!