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December 5, 2017

Pumpkin Soup In WonderChef Soup Maker–Indian Style Pumpkin Soup

wonderchef automatic soup maker
Recently I got Wonderchef Automatic Soup Maker to review the product. As wonderchef is a renowned brand, I agreed without any second thought. Wonderchef Kitchenware offers one of the best cookware and kitchenware appliances curated by our Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Ravi Saxena. It offers a wide range of ultra stylish cook ’n’ serve casseroles, designer non-stick pans with health-friendly 5 layer coating, cold press juicers and super tandoors, mixers and much more for a modern kitchen. When I received their recently launched soup maker for the review, I was very happy to see the product and packaging. It was so good and easy to use with 5 different modes for making smooth soup, chunky soup, making compote, juice and blend mode.

This evening I tried making pumpkin soup in the automatic soup maker. I loved the smoothy, creamy end result. All it takes is just 20 minutes to cook, blend and make a delicious soup. This automatic soup maker does the job of a pressure cooker and mixie. Yes it cooks the vegetables to smooth or chunky pieces as per the selection of the mode and grinds well to make it creamy and thick. Ok, lets see about this product in detail below.

As pumpkin tastes bland, I used bayleaf, onion and garlic sauteed in butter to lend some flavor. We liked it very much. So this is purely an Indian style recipe without using fresh cream. Hope you will like this easy pumpkin soup recipe.
wonderchef automatic soup maker
About Wonderchef Automatic Soup Maker – Specifications and Features.
  • It resembles a bigger sized kettle with a minimum and maximum capacity of 1.3 to 1.6 liters.
  • It has a stainless steel body and a not so sharp blades for blending the soup.
  • It just occupies the space of an Indian mixer as its size is not so big.
  • It has 5 different operating modes with touch control and programme indicator lights.
  • It can make smooth soup, chunky soup, compotes for babies, juices/smoothie/ milkshakes and blends without heating. One can select the mode as per the need.
  • Each mode is built in with Intelligent control systems with timer options to prevent dry burning.
  • This product comes with a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase.
  • Tech Specs: 220V~50Hz Motor: 140W, Heater: 800W, Copper motor.
  • It comes with a clear instruction/operation manual with all the do’s & don’ts.
Pros & Cons Of Wonderchef Automatic Soup Maker
Pros :
  • The look of this product is good. It looks modern and not so big for this capacity.
  • It does the job of a pressure cooker and blender which is very much comfortable.
  • This product gives a beep sound once the process is over. So you can relax.
  • You can easily make the soup or juice for a family of 4 to 5.
  • Operating time is lesser for this quantity.
  • It has a hassle free operation.
  • There is no need to strain the soup. So the fiber is retained in the dish.
  • It has an option to make compote for babies without touching the food.
  • Its more hygienic too.
  • We can make homemade soup with our own combinations. You can make it more healthy without any preservatives unlike store bought readymade soup packets !
Cons :
  • The first thing that strike my mind is the quantity/capacity of this product. We should make minimum 1.3 liters of soup which I felt too much for a 3 member family like us. It would be ideal for 6 to 10 people. For us, it comes to 2 servings each. I felt it would be better If Wonderchef can bring a smaller size in this product.
  • There is no reheat or warm mode in this product.
  • There is no indicator/led light to show the machine is ON. We should identify its under operation only with the sound.
  • There is no Saute option.So if a soup recipe calls for sauting the spices and vegetables, we should do it separately in a kadai and transfer to the soup maker.
  • Costwise it is slightly lesser than Philips and Morphy richards.
For more details and to buy this product, visit Wonderchef Automatic Soup Maker. They also have a facebook page WonderchefLife. Wonderchef products are available on Flipkart and Amazon as well.

DISCLOSURE : I have reviewed this product after using it on my own. All the points shared here are my own views.

wonderchef soup maker
Lets see how I prepared Indian style pumpkin soup using this soup maker in detail. 
Pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup using Wonderchef Automatic Soup Maker

Pumpkin soup using Wonderchef Automatic Soup Maker

How to make pumpkin soup using Wondechef Automatic soup maker

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Soup Recipes
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Pumpkin pieces - 2 cups
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Bayleaf - 1 no
  • Big onion - 2 nos
  • Garlic cloves - 6 nos
  • Salt - as needed
  • Pepper powder - as you like
  • Fresh cream – 1 tbsp ( to garnish, optional)


  1. Wash and peel the skin of pumpkin.Chop into small pieces and set aside.
  2. In a kadai, heat butter and saute bayleaf, onion and garlic cloves.
  3. Add pumpkin pieces to it. Saute well till raw smell goes off.
  4. Add water, salt and transfer to the Wonderchef Automatic soup maker.Cover with a lid.
  5. Switch on the machine. Press mode button and select Smooth soup option.
  6. It beeps and starts processing. It gets switched off after 20 minutes with a beep.
  7. Open carefully and transfer to a bowl. Add pepper powder, fresh cream and serve hot !


  • Read the instruction manual before you start with. Wash and slice the skin of pumpkin.Discard it. Now chop the pumpkin into small pieces. Chop onion and garlic cloves finely.
    Pumpkin soup
  • Heat butter in a kadai.Saute bayleaf. Add onion and garlic cloves. Saute till transparent. Add Pumpkin pieces and saute till its raw smell goes off. Saute for 5 minutes.
    Pumpkin soup
  • Now add water, salt and transfer everything to the Wonderchef Automatic soup maker. If you don’t have the soup maker, you can make everything in the base of pressure cooker and cook it for 2 whistles in low flame, grind to a smooth paste, add pepper powder and serve hot !
    Pumpkin soup
  • For soup maker : After you transfer the pumpkin to the soup maker, cover with the lid.Switch on and press the MODE button. When you press repeatedly, you can see the selection of different options. Press till SMOOTH button flashes. If you like chunky soup, you can select CHUNKY option.
  • Press START BUTTON. Process starts and finishes automatically. Steam releases from the mouth of the jug. You can just sit and relax till it beeps. While it blends the soup, you will hear the sound of a mixie. Do not panic like me , hehe. Approx. it took 20 minutes for the process to complete.
  • After the process gets over, you will hear a BEEP sound. Open the lid carefully because steam comes out vigorously. Do not show your face while opening the lid.Transfer the soup to the bowl. Add pepper powder, fresh cream if you like. Serve hot with any bread, grilled veg sandwich !
    Pumpkin soup
    Enjoy !


Enjoy this easy, healthy, creamy pumpkin soup during this winter !
Pumpkin soup - Indian style
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November 26, 2015

Ginger Carrot Soup Recipe - Vegetarian Soup Recipes

Ginger carrot soup recipe
I have never imagined a soup recipe beyond tomato soup & sweet corn soup so far.Whenever we visit a restaurant, most of the time our order would be tomato soup as it’s the only soup which is liked by all of us.Other than this,I have tried Veg clear soup with wontons in a Chinese restaurant and tomato shorba in a North Indian restaurant.Last week when I was talking with my friend Shalini,she was suggesting me to try this healthy ginger carrot soup by sharing her recipe.I have heard about this soup but I had no idea of how it tastes & looks.I thought this soup might be having a sweet taste because of carrot and I was hesitant to try it.On the same day,I got a mail from the editor of Daily thanthi newspaper asking me to share some interesting soup recipes for Monsoon.I tried this soup with a 50-50 mind setWorried.But to my surprise,it came out extremely well.Sendhil & Raksha were full of praisesApplause.The smell of butter and spices with the mild ginger flavor were awesome.For Vegan version,replace butter with olive oil.Non-vegetarians can use chicken stock instead of vegetable stock. I happily clicked the picture of this soup and shared the recipe with the editor.It was published on Last Sunday Chennai edition.I was waiting for Karthigai deepam celebrations get over to post this yummy & rich soup recipe in my blog.So here you see how to make this easy,creamy and healthy ginger carrot soup recipe ! It’s a perfect n soothing soup recipe for this rainy season Happy

Check out my tomato soup & sweet corn soup recipes if interested !

Carrot ginger soup recipe

Ginger Carrot Soup Recipe

Ginger Carrot Soup Recipe Ginger Carrot Soup Recipe - Healthy soup recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Soup
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

  • Butter - 1 tbsp
  • Carrot - 1 Big sized
  • Ginger - 2 inch piece
  • Big onion - 1/2 no
  • Garlic cloves - 5 small
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water  or vegetable stock - 2 cups ( adjust)
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder - as needed
  • Fresh cream - 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Wash and chop the carrots into slices.Chop onions,ginger and garlic cloves.Heat a pressure cooker base adding 1 tbsp of butter (Use butter for best taste,Vegans can use olive oil).Saute bayleaf and cinnamon for a second.Add the chopped onions,ginger,garlic and carrot pieces.Saute for a minute.
Ginger carrot soup 
  • Lastly add 2 cups of water and required salt.Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles till carrots are done. Open the cooker after the steam is released.Drain the excess water in a bowl.
    Take out the bay leaf and cinnamon from the cooked mixture and add it to the drained water.
Ginger carrot soup
  • Let the carrot mixture cool down.Grind them into a smooth paste adding reserved water.Strain the ground paste using a metal strainer.Use a spoon & mix well to strain it thoroughly.It will look like a paste while you strain.Add it to the reserved water and boil the soup for few minutes adding sugar,salt and pepper powder. Add little water if necessary.
Ginger carrot soup
  • Lastly add the fresh cream,mix well and switch off the flame.Serve Hot !! Enjoy this flavorful,soothing Carrot Ginger Soup with your family:)
Ginger carrot soup
  • Adjust the quantity of pepper powder as per your taste.
  • You can skip cinnamon if you don’t want more spices.
  • This soup can be had directly without straining to get a creamier taste.
  • Instead of carrot,u can use pumpkin.
  • Fresh cream is completely optional.But don’t skip butter if you are not a vegan.It gives a great flavor to this soup.
Try this easy,healthy Carrot Ginger Soup during this monsoon season.You will enjoy every sip of it !
Ginger carrot soup

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July 24, 2015

Sweet Corn Soup Recipe-Soup Recipes

I never thought sweet corn soup is so easy to make until I try it on my own.We are a big fan of tomato soup recipe.Whenever we visit restaurants,our order would be one and only tomato soup.So I make the same at home too.I never thought of making other soup recipes.Recent days I have been getting requests to post more soup and weight loss recipes.Especially my school friend Jayarani has been urging for long time to do it.So I started with this easy sweet corn soup recipe.I referred a cook book and tried it.Sendhil and Raksha loved it a lot.I was surprised when Raksha asked me for second serving.Generally sweet corn soup is prepared with creamy canned sweet corn along with boiled vegetables.But this recipe called for fresh sweet corn alone.Its a mix of Indian and Chinese versions.I was happy that I could serve a healthy soup recipe other than the usual tomato soup.Lets see how to make this yummy soup recipe with easy steps.

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February 5, 2014



This is my first post on soup recipes.Tomato soup is the one and only soup i order whenever we go out for dinner.But no two restaurants serve tomato soup in same taste.Everybody has their own variations.Among all the soups i have tasted,i would say the best tasting soup is the one in salem”Lakshmi Hotel -Salem,Tamilnadu’'.It was the bestest.My total family is a big fan of that soup and sometimes we have gone there for dinner just to taste that soup.Every time i keep sniffing the soup to find out the ingredients and i tried many times to recreate the same.At last i succeeded in my attemptThumbs up.This tastes 90% close to that soup.I got the same color and taste.I have not used carrots or beets here.This is just the original color of tomato.Sendhil and Raksha loved it a lot.Do try this simple,easy and yummy restaurant style recipe and let me know your feedbackSmile.Here is my small attempt in capturing the steam..How is it ? Winking smile Lets see how to make this easy south indian tomato soup recipe.

Tomato soup recipe

Tomato soup recipe Restaurant style yummy tomato soup recipe..
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Soup
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

To saute
  • Butter - 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 1 no
  • Bayleaf - 1 no
  • Garlic cloves - 10 nos
  • Big onion - 1 no(small size)
  • Ripe tomatoes - 4 nos(chop finely)
To mix in the soup
  • Salt - as needed
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato sauce -1 tbsp
  • Corn flour - 1 tbsp
  • Water- 3 cups
  • Pepper powder -  to serve

  • In a pressure cooker base,melt butter.Add the cinnamon,clove and bay leaf.Saute for few seconds.Add onions,chopped garlic cloves and saute well.Finally add the chopped tomato pieces and saute till mushy.
  • To this,add 3 cups of water, salt and pressure cook in high flame for 3-4 whistles.After the steam is released,remove the bayleaf,cinnamon and grind it with a hand blender or a juicer.
  • Strain the sediments and discard.Add the bay leaf and cinnamon back to the strained soup.
  • Now add sugar,tomato sauce,1/4 tsp of white pepper powder and allow it to boil for a minute.Dilute corn flour in little water and add to the soup.Allow it to boil till raw smell emanates completely.
  • Serve hot with bread croutons.
  • Generally a piece of carrot or beetroot would be added to the tomatoes while cooking to give a nice color.But i din’t use any as my tomatoes itself were ripe with a nice color.
  • If u add carrot or beetroot,do not grind it along with tomatoes.Please discard them after u pressure cook.
  • For making bread croutons,cut the bread into slices,apply little oil.Bake in a convection oven at 180c for 20 mins.Flip it once in the middle.U’ll get a super crispy bread croutons which u can serve with this yummy soup.It tastes great !

Serve hot topped with bread pieces and pepper powder ! It tastes yummy!

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