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The chill in the air in this season makes you ravenous. While woollens give you warmth, it is the hot bowl or ‘cuppa’ soup that provides the ultimate comfort for your body and soul. Bubbling, rich and packed with wintry flavours, an aromatic hot soup can be the perfect healthy precursor to a meal in winter. Soups can be clear or with vegetables, meat and seafood, depending upon one’s preference. Interestingly, every cuisine offers soups. Winter soups call for special ingredients that are meant to keep the body warm. Restaurants in Mumbai offer enough options, across cuisines. My top 5 picks:
Tamatar Dhaniya Shorba at Punjab Grill, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
This spicy and tangy soup is goodness in a bowl. The tart flavours tease the palate and the ginger adds zest to the taste buds. This piping hot soup is just what one needs in this season. What’s more, it comes with a delectable Mini Kulcha.
Truffle Clear Soup with Bamboo Pith at KOKO, Lower Parel, South Mumbai
This subtly seasoned broth offers unique flavours, and a distinct aroma which is deeply enticing. Tantalising for the palate, it is light and exceedingly well-made and an apt choice for winter.
Wakame Soup at Kofuku, Powai, Central Mumbai
This comforting fresh seaweed soup with subtle flavours of sesame oil and green onions for crunch comes in a chicken or prawns variation and make for a flavourful bowl.
Dal Shorba at Bar Tales, Andheri Lokhandwala, Western Suburbs
Whoever said vegetarian soups are boring should try this. This healthy and nutritious lentil soup is well-balanced in terms of flavours and makes for a hearty start to a meal.
Paya Soup at Food Inn Royale, Oshiwara
What is winter without the customary bowl of Paya for any carnivore? Warm and delightful, this protein-rich dish, made with slow-cooked lamb trotters, garlic, ginger and other spices, is nourishing and satiating this season.