Comforting soups and stews

Comforting soups and stews: List curated by one of the leading luxury retirement homes in South India

October 18, 2023


Categories : Retirement Homes Guide | Senior Living Tips


Whether it is a chilly winter evening or a cosy gathering with loved ones, soups are a comfort food that most seniors enjoy. From hearty vegetables to flavourful spices, these comforting soups and stews showcase tremendous taste and a healthy option. As one of the leading luxury retirement homes in South India, we share some of the most popular soups that seniors should try.

1. Vegetable Lentil Soup:


  • Brown or green lentils – 1 cup
  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • Diced onion – 1 large
  • Diced carrots – 2 pcs
  • Diced celery stalks – 2 pcs
  • Diced red bell pepper – 1 pc
  • Diced zucchini – 1 pc
  • Diced tomatoes – 2 pcs
  • Vegetable broth – 4 cups
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Bay leaf – 1 pc
  • Salt and pepper as needed


  • Step 1: Wash the lentils. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  • Step 2: Add diced carrots, red bell pepper, celery, and zucchini. Cook all of these vegetables until they begin softening a bit.
  • Step 3: Add the lentils, diced tomatoes (with their juice), vegetable broth, and water to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Step 4: Add bay leaf, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir well so that the seasonings get mixed really well.
  • Step 5: Once the soup mixture starts boiling, lower the heat. Cover the pot and let the soup simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils and vegetables are tender.
  • Step 6: Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if needed.


2. Creamy Broccoli Soup:


  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • Diced onion – 1 medium
  • Minced garlic – 2 cloves
  • Broccoli – 3 cups
  • Diced potato – 1 medium
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Vegetable broth – 1 cup
  • Ground cumin – ½ tsp
  • Ground nutmeg – ¼ tsp
  • Salt and pepper as needed
  • Toasted coconut flakes for garnishing


  • Step 1: In a pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the diced onions until they turn translucent.
  • Step 2: Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute.
  • Step 3: Add the broccoli and potatoes to the pot and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  • Step 4: Then, pour in the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat. Let it simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes.
  • Step 5: Once the vegetables are tender, turn off the heat and let the soup cool slightly or until safe to blend.
  • Step 6: Use a blender to purée the mixture to a creamy consistency.
  • Step 7: Return the puréed mixture to the pot and heat over low to medium heat.
  • Step 8: Stir in the cumin, pepper, salt, and nutmeg.
  • Step 9: Pour in the coconut milk and mix well.
  • Step 10: Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Turn off the heat, serve the soup hot, and garnish with toasted coconut flakes.

3. Mushroom soup:


  • Sliced button mushroom – 250 grams
  • Chopped onion – 1 large
  • Minced garlic – 3 cloves
  • Grated ginger – 1-inch piece
  • Finely chopped green chilli – 1
  • Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala – ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder – ¼ tsp
  • Vegetable broth – 2 cups
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish


  • Step 1: Place a pot over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil and cumin seeds. Wait until the seeds crackle.
  • Step 2: Add the chopped onions, grated ginger, garlic, and green chillies. Sauté until the onions are translucent.
  • Step 3: Add the mushrooms and cook until they release their moisture and soften.
  • Step 4: Stir in the turmeric, coriander, red chilli powder, and garam masala, ensuring the spices coat the mushrooms uniformly.
  • Step 5: Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat, allowing it to simmer until the mushrooms are tender—about 10-15 minutes.
  • Step 6: Remove the pot from heat. Use a hand blender to purée the mixture to your desired consistency.
  • Step 7: Mix in the coconut milk and adjust the seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed.
  • Step 8: Serve the soup hot. Garnish each serving with fresh coriander leaves.

For seniors, food plays a multi-faceted and essential role in positive ageing. Retirement communities understand this and  often prioritise offering diverse culinary options and dining experiences to cater to their residents.

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