12+ Soup Varieties

“A bowl of soup is like a warm hug!” is an expression I often hear. Soup is associated with bringing warmth and comfort through harsh cold weather.

“A bowl of soup is like a warm hug!”


Soups can be of various types – clear soups, thick soups, fruit soups, dessert soups, pulse soups, warm/hot soups, cold soups, etc.

Most of the times a thickening agent is used to give soups the desired consistency. It could be anything from butter, cream, rice, pulses, flour, vegetables such as pumpkin, carrots or potatoes. Depending upon the thickening agent used, all soups fall into one or the other of these categories.

Soup is the best way of getting in your daily dose of vegetables. Served with a salad or slices of buttered toast, soup can make a complete meal.

Here is a wide range of soups you can try this fall/winter season.

1. Beetroot Soup

Beetroot Soup

Including beetroots in our diet around this time of the year means, we are preparing our body to get through the monsoon and the winter approaching thereafter. This is usually the time most of the common illnesses affect our body. So, get into healthy eating habits & try including this superfood in your diet. Beetroot soup is known to be served in both cold and hot form depending upon the season and the climatic region one lives in. I’m sharing here a version of this heart healthy soup seasoned with our trusted Indian spices which are known for their health benefits… Check Recipe

2. Cream of Mushroom Soup : vegan recipe

Cream of Mushroom Soup

While cream of mushroom is one of my favourite soups, I wanted it to be dairy-free and all purpose flour free. Dairy adds to congestion and maida certainly doesn’t count as a healthy option… So, I have eliminated both while making this soup. This is a no-butter, no-maida, no-cheese, no-cream, no-milk recipe… yet, the consistency is thick and it’s texture is smooth and creamy just like we all like our cream of mushroom soup to be. If you are wondering, what makes this soup thick?!… Check Recipe

3. Green Peas Soup : vegan recipe

Green Peas Soup

Green peas are a delight to use in coming. But, if you are not feeling upto spending time shelling all those peas or if green peas are not in season where you live, you may also consider using the frozen ones. They taste equally delicious in this soup. I have used frozen peas in my recipe since I wanted to quickly make something warm. This warm bowl of soup, it’s vibrant colour and lip-smacking taste is bound to cheer-up your mood!… Check Recipe 

4. Bottle Gourd Soup : vegan recipe

Bottle Gourd Soup/ Lauki Shorba

Lauki, also known as bottle gourd, calabash, sorekayi (Kannada) is very well-known for its health benefits. It’s water-rich, nutrient-packed, almost no-fat, and high fiber content qualities make it more desirable. It is known for its anti-oxidant properties, aiding in healthy weight-loss, maintaining good skin health, regulating BP, and it’s high water content aides in hydrating the body. It is highly advisable to include this vegetable in our regular meals, be it in the form of juice, sabzi or even soup…. Check Recipe

5. Moroccan Red Lentil Soup

Moroccan Red Lentil Soup

Moroccan Red Lentil Soup is a comforting, filling meal in itself. This orange-red soup does not get its colour from tomatoes but mostly from red bell peppers, red lentils and hot & spicy harissa paste. If “spicy” is how you describe your taste palette… This is the perfect soup for you! Harissa is a North African hot chilli pepper paste. Irrespective of the origin of this dish, there are so many similarities to Indian flavours, herbs & spices… Check Recipe

6. Orange Soup

Orange Soup/ Narangi Shorba

Orange Soup or Narangi Shorba is a spicy-fruity concoction of oranges and tomatoes. Flavour of oranges combines very well with that of tomatoes. Steeped with fresh coriander leaves & stems and a blend of desi spices, gives this soup a very satisfying taste… Check Recipe

7. Potato- Spinach Soup

Potato-Spinach Soup/ Aloo-Palak Shorba

Growing up I remember my mom would include green leafy vegetables into our diet in as many ways as possible. Aloo-Palak Shorba is my attempt at incorporating this familiar flavour combination in a soup form. The addition of potato to the soup gives it a smooth and thick texture without the need of adding corn starch or cream for thickening or creaminess. It is quick and easy to make and healthy too… Check Recipe

8. Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup is a blend of savoury and fruity flavours. While the pumpkin gives body to the soup, orange hits the high note and they are bound together by the rustic flavour of our humble cumin powder. It is a well known notion that we eat with our eyes first. The brilliant orange colour of this pumpkin soup is so tempting that you wouldn’t want to stop at one bowlful!… Check Recipe

9. Purple Cabbage Soup

Purple Cabbage Soup

This warm Purple Cabbage Soup should bring in respite from all that the weather has to offer. The brilliant purple is sure to cheer up your mood as you step into the end of the day. Make yourself a bowl of soup and enjoy the weather!… Check Recipe

10. Roasted Bell Pepper Soup

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

The warm cup of soup, the brilliant colour and smoky flavour of roasted red bell pepper is just perfect for a cold rainy evening. The first time we tried this soup at our favourite restaurant, we took an instant liking to it. The heat from red bell peppers hits the right notes!… Roasted Soup

11. Spinach Almond Soup

Spinach Almond Soup

Spinach-Almond Soup is a healthy soup with goodness of spinach & almonds. My first encounter with this soup was in our favourite cafe & instantly fell in love with its deliciousness. Tried recreating it in my kitchen and must say it turned out great. It is easy to make and tastes delicious…  Check Recipe

12. Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet potato comes in many variants – white, yellow, orange & purple. You can use any of them to make this soup. Sweet potatoes have a high dietary fiber and they are nutrient-packed making them a healthier option too. Combined with celery, browned garlic & onions; and spiced with black pepper & fresh turmeric, both known for their immunity boosting properties, this soup’s soothing effect is just perfect for the weather!… Sweet Potato Soup

Tried a Soup Recipe from this compilation? Leave a comment below, let me know how it turned out. Click a picture, send a DM or share on Instagram and tag @theredplatechronicles , I would love to see your creation. To see my latest work, follow me on

For me, a bowl of warm soup means comfort, health, home and so much more!
What does soup mean to you?
Let me know your thoughts in comments.
Have a great day!

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