How to make nettle soup (sisnu).

 

This is photo of my birthplace – the village Chheskam in Solukhumbu district

Dear  friends,

Hello from cuisinenepal !

Today I am sharing a very easy recipe of how to make nettle soup. Nettle soup is very simple which we can make without any oil or fat. It is a very popular dish in my village of Solukhumbu. I remember many years ago in my village when not everybody had a lot of green vegetables. Nettle was a few among the green vegetables that we could consume. These days everyone has a greenhouse. I feel a bit funny posting this recipe because I feel like every Nepali people know how to make nettle soup. These days we can also find nettle powder in the market. But the powder taste is totally different so for a more authentic taste, I recommend fresh nettle. I mostly serve the nettle soup with corn grit, another staple of my village.

Nettle soup with brown rice

 

Ingredients 

  1. One kg fresh nettle leaf
  2. Okra 200 gm
  3. 2 large spoon cornflour
  4. Water 4 cups
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Garlic crushed 3 to 4 pieces
  7. Sichuan pepper just a pinch

Preparation

Step 1 : First wash and drain nettle leaves. Remove older hardy branches if there are any. Step 2: Boil water in a deep pan or pressure cooker. Chop the okra into medium size pieces. When the water boils, add okra and nettles leaves. Let this cook until nettle leaves are soft in medium heat. Check periodically to see if the nettle leaves have gone limp or not. The water must be reduced to almost half in the boiling for the nettle to cook properly. When all of the leaves/branches of nettle are soft, mash the nettles with a spatula and add cornflour. This whole process may take upto an hour depending upon the type of pan and your heat. Step 3: You can also use a hand blender to mash which is much easier. Add Szechuan pepper (timur), salt and crushed garlic. If you like add some chilly. Mix well and remove from heat. Delicious and healthy nettle soup is ready. Tip: do not blend it in electric blender as the taste is somewhat not the same.

 

 

 

 

 

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