Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Yakon Kelp Soup - The Picnic Game 2013 (2)

I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing ....
E - Eton Mess
M - Ma'moul
T - Telosma Cordata Eucheuma Jelly

This is the 2nd dish I am bringing for the Picnic Game 2013 hosted by Louise of Months of Edible Celebrations.  Do hop over and have a look at her Picnic Basket.
Yakon tuber is a type of vegetable from South American. It can be eaten raw as a fruit or in salad or even cooked it.  It tastes sort of  a mix of pear, celery and apple and looks like a potato. 
Yakon is becoming popular for its health benefits which :
1) The tuber contain fructose that leave the human body undigested. Does not raise blood sugar.
2) Contains antioxidant.
3) Fights cancers.
4) High in fibers and probiotics.
5) Contains essential nutrients: iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, carotene, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamins B1, B2 and Vitamin C
6) Helps cure kidney problems, obesity, hypertension, constipation, hypertension, arthritis and insomia
7) It has 60% to 70% inulin responsible for maintaining blood glucose.

Whereas Kelps are large seaweeds (algae) belonging to the brown algae (Phaeophyceae) in the order Laminariales. There are about 30 different genera.  I had mentioned its benefits in Kelp (Seaweed) Chicken Soup.  So, when yakon is combined with kelp, you can imagine how nutritious and healthy this soup is!
Ingredients :
- 1 free range chicken (cut and blanched)
- 1 yakon tuber (peeled and sliced)
- 1 bowl of kelp (washed, soaked, rinsed, cut)
- 2 thumb sized ginger (crushed)
- sea salt (to taste)
- water
Method :
1)  Put yakon, kelp and ginger into a pot of water and boil.
2)  Add chicken and boil over medium high heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
3)  Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 2 hours or until the kelp is soft.
4)  Season with sea salt and serve hot.
This is a very nutritious and healthy soup.  Moreover, it is so easy to prepare.
You can add any ingredients you like such as tomatoes, red dates, Chinese Wolfberries or basil.  This time I prefer just a simple soup as the yakon itself is already sweet!  Hope you like it :)

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