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Potent Potato Soup

By Siri Ved Kaur Khalsa from From Vegetables, with Love: Recipes and Tales from a Yogi’s Kitchen

Yield: 1 generous serving

This is my version of “chicken soup" and the yogi's go-to recipe for fighting off a cold or flu. Feel free to add other vegetables as desired such as chopped mustard greens, chard, celery, cauliflower, and peas. I suggest you cut the lemon in wedges so those who prefer may easily avoid or remove them from their soup bowl. Otherwise, cut the lemon half into thin slices; this is a more palatable size to bite into. The cooked lemon peel is quite a tasty surprise.


2 pounds potatoes, cut in large bite-size pieces (any variety will do)

½ cup ghee or oil

2 onions, chopped

¼ cup minced fresh ginger (or more to taste)

10 cloves garlic, minced

½ lemon, deseeded and cut into 2 or 3 wedges

2 teaspoons turmeric

1 tablespoon caraway seeds

1 teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon cardamom seeds (seeds from 6-8 pods)

1 teaspoon crushed red chilies

½ teaspoon cinnamon powder

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

2 quarts water

Tamari soy sauce to taste

Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed soup pot over a medium-high flame. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and saute until browned (8-10 minutes), stirring often. Now add lemon and spices and saute for another 3-5 minutes, adding small amounts of water if necessary to prevent scorching. Add 2 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, return to a boil, and simmer until potatoes are very well done (20-30 minutes).

Add tamari soy sauce to taste.

©2015 Siri-Ved Kaur Khalsa

Siri Ved Kaur has been a part of the 3HO/Sikh Dharma community since 1971, when she served as Yogi Bhajan’s personal cook for several years. She has authored three cookbooks (Conscious Cookery - 1978, From Vegetables with Love – 1989, and From Vegetables, with Love: Recipes & Tales from a Yogi’s Kitchen - 2015) and written numerous columns for Beads of Truth, Aquarian Times, YogaMint, and HealthWorld Online. Mother of three grown daughters, she now resides in Bakersfield, California with her husband, Gurujodha Singh.