Thursday, 4 February 2010

Hot tomato soup

This is one of my favorite soup recipes I have learnt. I love it during the winter months. It gives the kick with hot spices like ginger, pepper and red chili and surely clears your nasal. Its very easy to make and tastes so good. Try it, you will love it.

Serves 2
Tomato: 3 large
Onion: 1 medium
Ginger: 1 inch
Garlic: 1 clove
Cumin seeds: 1 tea spoon
Red chili powder: 1-2 tea spoon
Cinnamon stick: 1 inch
Clove: 2
Clarified butter: 1 tea spoon
Asafoetida: pinch or two
Salt to taste
Freshly crushed pepper: 1-2 tea spoon
Sugar: pinch or two

Wash and cut tomatoes into large pieces. Peel and chop onion, garlic and ginger into large pieces.
Add 2 cups of water.
This soup is thinner than what I normally make. Adjust the water amount accordingly. Boil it until soft. I pressure cook it for two pressures.
Let it cool down for 10 minutes and using hand blender make a smooth paste. Before you crush everything down, remove access water just in case. You can add this back to the pot.

Using large holes sieve, filter the soup.
Let large fibers comes off the soup to give it smooth texture.
Pour the liquid in the pot and heat it on low flame. Add red chili powder, salt, sugar, pepper and stir.
For tempering, take a small round vessel, heat it on medium flame. Add clarified butter and once hot add cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds.
Asafoetida and red chili powder once they start to splutter. Chili powder is added to enhance the color of the soup little bit. Add only little quantity of chili powder.

Add the tempering to the soup.
Cook until one boil.
Serve hot.

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