Good evening, dear friends 😀
Here is another very nutritious soup recommended by my healer lady, and it very good for removing wind from our body and energising our body as it uses a lot of shallots.
Sometimes, our stomach is not working effectively in digesting food, or we eat too much food that causes bloatedness like beans, cabbage and as a result there is bloatedness or “wind” buildup in the stomach, all the way down our digestive tract. Or when we are stressed, our digestion may get affected and lead to this problem.
Symptoms of this wind in our body are funny sounds (not rumblings due to hunger :roll:) coming from our digestive system, mild cramping in stomach, or when you knock lightly on your abdomen, there is a hollow sound like playing a drum. In children, the sign of them having a lot of wind in their body is when the whites of their eyes are bluish in colour. So, we need to get rid of this wind in our body and this very nutritious soup is excellent for doing this, as the ginger and lemon grass are also good for this purpose.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), if left untreated, the “wind” can even spread to other parts of our body and cause other illnesses, like joint pains, headaches/migraines that won’t go away despite taking the right medication, lethargy. Once this “wind” problem is removed, then a person would feel more energised and alert.
Shallots ranks the highest among the onion family and has the most antioxidant activity among the 11 types of onions tested. They have the greatest effect against liver cancer cell growth. Shallots can also can aid in our digestion, regulation of menses, relieving of symptoms associated with colds.
I would make this soup for my family once in a while to maintain our good health, and the soup is so sweet and tasty although I never put in any salt at all. My late mother used to consume this soup to help her with her gastro-enteritis (gastric) problems which also brought on a build-up of wind and stomach pains.
Nutritious Shallot Chicken Soup (serves 6 persons)
* 1 kg of shallots, leave whole with skins removed (if you like to eat the cooked shallots) or leaving the skins on and washed (then you only drink the liquid in the soup). I cheat a bit here in that I would buy ready peeled shallots from my grocer! 😆
* 3 stalks of lemon grass, use the bottom 6 inches, and pounded lightly to release the oils
* 2-inch ginger, pounded lightly
* 1 whole old chicken (about 1.5 kg), or free range chicken, skin removed, cut into 8 pieces. Old chicken is the best as it is believed to have more medicinal properties for this soup.
* 5 litres water
* Bring everything to boil in a stock pot or slow cooker.
* Remove the scum that floats on top of the soup.
* Lower heat to small, and simmer for 4 hours minimum (if using slow cooker, then 6 – 8 hours).
* Scoop out the layer of oil that has formed at the surface of the soup. Season with salt and pepper.
I like to have a large bowl of this soup with lots of soft, yummy shallots. This soup would be perfect just for that cold, rainy or cold, wintry day! 😀
Note – the more shallots we put into the soup, the better the potency of this soup. Sometimes, I even use up to 1 1/2 kgs of shallots. You can also add in a tbsp of whole white peppercorns or increase the size of the ginger to make this soup more spicy, thus warming up our stomach! 😉