Pea Soup with Fresh Mint & a Giveaway

Pea Soup with fresh mint
The time of the year when the needles change color ,turn yellow and the trees become leafless. A perfect season to walk by the woods, hearing the hustle and tussle . A time of the year to witness the beauty of the magical transformation. Hello Autumn !!!

The foggy mornings give me a feeling of quiet and surreal atmosphere.A gently gushy wind blowing throughout the day while the shining sun has hardly any power left to give us much warmth.What better time can it be to try this warm Pea soup to soothe our croaky throats with the changing weather. Yes!! I made this springy soup one autumn evening and we enjoyed it delightedly. The recipe for this soup comes from the book tibits at home.
FINAL tibits cover image
tibits is popular vegetarian restaurants group that was launched a decade ago in Switzerland by three brothers – Christian,Daniel and Retro Frei and Rolf Hiltl(the owners of Hiltl in Zurich, the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world according to the Guiness World Records!)  In 2008 they opened their first UK tibits restaurant in Heddon Street (off Regent Street) in London and I was one among the privileged ones to enjoy reviewing recently.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, their first cookbook, tibits at home, which includes fifty of their favourite recipes was launched  in 2012. A couple of months ago, I was asked if I would like to review the copy of the book . It was delight to accept the invitation.
tibits at home is an excellent book representing 50 stylish vegetarian cuisine recipes. The book categorises in 4 sections based on the seasons and lets you pick recipes through spring,summer,autumn and winter. Isn’t it a brilliant concept !!



With Influence from cuisines from Around the World, this book transports us from British to Indian, Mediterranean to Asian, appealing to herbivores and staunch carnivores.The recipes in the book does use occasional exotic ingredients, in a sense something that is not found in our every day culinary corner. That is what makes it stylish with an urban twist. Wish there were easy alternatives.




The stepwise instructions in the book are simple to follow and cook it up, be it for a quick tasty snack or big dinner with friends. The photography in this book is some thing that is to look forward. Pictures shot in this book have travelled through four of their loyal customers journey at home. Its beautiful to see how we get involved in each and every setting and they have pictured in this book. An absolute feast for the eyes.


I would simply love to recreate each and every recipe in the book, given a chance all the ingredients are available in my pantry. Off the many delectable dishes, I would definitely dig my hands on catavappi with courgettes in curry sauce,coconut and pineapple tiramisu, hot dal with spinach, the everyday tomato pesto and yellow pea vadai.
I thoroughly enjoyed cooking through the Pea Soup with a few alterations to suit the available ingredients in my culinary corner.
 I have used white onions instead of shallots and a few tablespoons of milk instead of cream to make it feel lighter. The recipe does give you choice to use fresh or frozen peas. I have used frozen peas in this instinct. Would love to try my hand of fresh peas some day. Since I was making for the first time , I like to try in small portions . Hence halved the proportions.


Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 20
Min| Serves 2
Recipe adapted  from the book  tibits
at home
¼  White Onion
1 Sprig of fresh mint
200g frozen peas
100gm Potatoes
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
350 ml vegetable stock
3 tblspn  whole milk
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper
  • Peel and finely chop
    the onions. Wash the mint, pick the leaves and cut into fine strips. Wash and
    peel the potatoes and cut into 1.5 cm dice.
  • Sweat the shallots in
    the hot olive oil and sprinkle over the mint. Add the peas and potato and
    cook until they draw water. Pour the vegetable stock and simmer for 10
  • Puree all the
    ingredients in the food processor and then pass through a fine sieve.
  • Add the milk and bring
    to the boil say for a minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
I made my own
vegetable stock , by adding a cube of knor vegetable stock in 350 ml of hot water .


Giveaway Time!
It didn’t seem fair that I am the only one to have
this stylish vegetarian cookbook – tibits at home. tibits is a Vegetarian restaurant located
at 12-14 Heddon Street, off Regents Street,W1 and they have kindly offered to
send one lucky winner another copy of the book.  To enter leave me a
comment telling me which is your family favourite vegetarian dish, then enter
via the raffle copter below.

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Comments (12)

  • Samosa is the our beloved vegetarian dish- be it on a rainy day, a cold night or just as a tea-time snack:)
    lovely giveaway and the books looks so interesting:)
    So glad to participate:)

  • SO true Shweta !! I love garama garam samosa's tooo !!

  • The pictures are lovely and the book looks amazing. Pea soup looks amazing Sandya. I often struggle to cook vegetarian, This book can def open doors to a new veggie world for me 🙂

  • Aah that case it's Bingo Gayatri..
    This book has a lot of vegetarian exotic dishes to offer.

  • I always love pea soup and yours looks so delightful, Sandhya. Gorgeous clicks as well.

  • Our favorite vegetarian recipe is chilli paneer , an indo chinese recipe .

  • anything with paneer is most welcomed @ my house

  • Aha – and our household fav vegetairan food is ofcourse veg pulao with lots of carrots, min and soya chunks .

  • Wow the book looks amazing with lots of delectable dishes…. love your pea soup, looks delicious… thanx for fetching me here. … ..

  • Wow the book looks amazing with lots of delectable dishes…. love your pea soup, looks delicious… thanx for fetching me here. … ..

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