No Croutons Required - Indian Spices

For this month's No Croutons Required I asked for soups or salads using Indian spices. I didn't manage to make one myself in time and this roundup is late too. Lets just say this hasn't been a happy household with all the poorly people in it. So for my entry I am dipping into my archive.

I do hope you enjoy the roundup. Be sure to vote for your favourite entry.

No Croutons Required

April 2013
Soups and Salads with Indian Spices

name: Janet
location: Toronto, Canada

Spices used: turmeric, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds

I love dal, but I always make the same one, a Coconut and Spinach Dal. I'm going to try this one next time. Janet has added cauliflower, zucchini (courgette) and tomatoes in hers and it looks utterly divine.

name: Preety
location: USA

spices used: cumin seeds, mustard seeds and garam masala

I did wonder if I would get any salads for this challenge. I am so glad I did and this is a great entry. Preety made us such a pretty rice dish. So healthy and full of wonderful flavours and textures. Kidney beans, sweetcorn, green pepper, onion and tomato, dressed in spices and mixed with rice. Mmmmmm!

name: Lisa
blog: Lisa's Kitchen 
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

spices used: turmeric, green chillies, chilli powder, ground coriander and dried curry leaves

My co-host and good friend Lisa has made us this spicy soup. If you ever need a lesson in spices, she is the one to visit. Lisa is an expert in combining spices and she has done it again with this gorgeous warming soup. Lisa was tempted to make a salad, but she is still freezing over there in Ontario, so decided against it.

name: Johanna
location: Melbourne, Australia

spices used: mustard seeds and curry powder

Johanna beefed up the flavour of her tomato soup with spices, sun dried tomatoes, chickpea flour and nutritional yeast. She served it with avocado on toast and dollops of yoghurt. What a great meal Johanna! I love the idea of serving avocado on toast with soup. So healthy too.

name: Jacqueline
location: Scotland, UK

spices used: cumin and coriander seeds

The weather is rather autumnal here in Scotland today, even though it is Spring. It's cold and alternating between pouring rain and hailstones. Lovely! So, I pulled this warming soup from my archive to share with you. Aubergine, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes are the base of this soup, but it's finished off with wholewheat noodles.

name: Tanu
blog: Ma Niche 
location: ?

spices used: black peppercorns, star anise, cloves and cumin seeds. 

I really want to try this soup. Tanu was inspired to make it after seeing a recipe over at French Fridays with Dorie. She adapted the recipe, but kept the essence of it. I love that fact it has strips of orange peel in it. The peel must make the soup so fragrant.  Great entry Tanu.

name: Karen
location: France

spices used: cumin, coriander and fennel seeds

Although this is Moroccan on first glance, the spices are really quite Indian and what a wonderful salad this makes. Carrots, onion and fennel, all roasted in those lovely spices then tossed through salad leaves and topped with fresh mint and feta cheese. Oh my, I do love this dish! What a great one to end with.


Thanks to everyone who entered. Now before you leave, be sure to vote for your favourite using the voting poll on the right.

Update: The voting poll has been clearing itself, so I will be asking someone to judge this month for me.


  1. Delicious round-up. I kind of wish this month's NCR was a real potluck! :)

    1. I know what you mean Janet and I loved your dal :)

  2. great roundup..i agree with janet too about potluck..:)

    Just one correction ..I m located in USA..(Fremont , CA)

    1. I've corrected that now. Thought I was being clever when I saw you were That will teach me, haha :)

  3. A lovely round-up Jacqueline. Thank you so much !

  4. Lovely roundup Jac. Hope you are feeling better now!

    1. I am thanks Lisa. Lots of catching up to do now :)

  5. Hope you are feeling better Jacs and that there was no divorce involved ;)

  6. I would vote for the Smokey Spicy Tomato Soup as I've never thought to put chick pea flour in soup so I'm very grateful for the tip:-) Not sure what nutritional yeast is though, is that like yeast extract?

    1. It is a great tip. Nutritional yeast tastes cheesey, but is vegan, so great for bringing flavour to vegan dishes. Nothing like yeast extract though, it's a savoury powder.

  7. I absolutely love spicy dishes! I wish I could have participated in this one - they all look so delicious :)

    1. They do, don't they? There's always next month Emma :)

  8. Oh my goodness, so little time, and so many delicious choices! Thank you for sharing this round-up!

  9. sorry to hear your household has been poorly - lovely round up - love the idea of orange and star anise with a lentil soup


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