A warm bowl of soup is enough to comfort and cheer one up on a gloomy day. An array of ingredients be it herbs and spices, finely chopped vegetables, chicken, onion, garlic, chilli, tomatoes, sauces come together to make a flavoursome one-pot treat. Soups can be made fancy or simple depending on the mood and the occasion. Whether you are recovering from an illness and sipping a few-ingredient soup or starting your meal with a rich soup, the versatile dish has endless scope for experimentation. Lemon-coriander, sweet and sour, chicken noodle soup, lentil soup, tomato soup are some of the common variations that appeal to soup lovers from across the globe. No wonder, a day has been dedicated to celebrate this amazing dish. National Homemade Soup Day is observed every year on February 4 to pay an ode to this simple and wonderful meal. (See pics | Khichdi to soup; 7 wonderful balanced meals for your gut health)

National Homemade Soup Day is observed every year on February 4 to pay an ode to this simple and wonderful meal.(Freepik)

“If you want to know the easiest way to load your meal with vitamins and minerals, the answer to it would be nothing else than preparing delicious soups. Soup recipes can be prepared by using a variety of ingredients taking into account all our vital nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, etc. On the other hand, soups have anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties which makes them perfect for this season,” says Shruti Keluskar, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, SB Road & Pimple Saudagar. Pune.