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Tomato (Thakkali) Soup

Tomato_Thakkali_Soup_1 Tomato Soup is a popular soup among soup lovers. It is prepared by using different spices, herbs with slight variations.

In this soup, I added little green gram to thicken soup and to improve the taste and nutritive value. Also I used spices by tying them in a clean cloth while boiling and removed it later. This gives mild flavor to the soup. I used cream to garnish soup without using milk in the soup.

Tomato is known as Thakkali in Tamil and as Tomatar in Hindi.

For the given quantity of ingredients, I got 8 to 10 cups of soup.

Cooking time: 30 minutes approximately

Ingredients

  • Tomato – 10 no (use both round and oval)
  • Carrot – 1 no
  • Vegetable stock – 4 cup
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Ginger – one inch long piece
  • Onion – 1 no Tomato_Thakkali_Soup_2
  • Split green gram – 1 table spoon
  • Sugar – ½ tea spoon
  • Corn flour – 1 table spoon
  • Freshly ground black pepper powder – 1 tea spoon (adjust as per taste)
  • Low fat butter – 1 tea spoon
  • Few mint leaves – for adding in last step for flavor
  • Low fat Cream – 1 table spoon for garnishing
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Spices to be tied in a cloth
    • Cinnamons stick – 2 inch long
    • Cloves – 3 no
    • Green cardamom – 2 no
    • Aniseeds – ½ tea spoon
    • Cumin seeds – ½ tea spoon

Method

  • Chop onion, garlic, ginger, carrot and tomato; in a cooker add chopped tomato, ginger, garlic, carrot and onion; add washed green gram, 2 cups of water, spices (tied in a cloth); cook for two whistles and allow it to cool; remove the cloth tied with spices (hereafter it is not needed).

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  • Blend it lightly in a mixer; filter and keep the pulp.

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  • In a pan add butter, corn flour and mix; cook in low flame for few seconds; add ½ cup water, mix briskly; cook for a minute; add vegetable stock, ground tomato pulp and mix it; adjust water consistency as per your need.

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  • Add salt, pepper and sugar; remove just before boiling state; add mint leaves.

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  • Garnish with cream and serve hot.

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Tips

  • Combination of oval and round shaped tomatoes help to balance sour taste (round ones have thin skin with more juice and sour; oval ones have thick skin, less juice and slightly sweet).
  • Sugar also helps to balance the taste.
  • Remove the soup from flame just before boiling point to get creamy texture in soup.

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Sushma Mallya March 29, 2010, 9:37 am

    Beautiful and healthy soup….even i do this once in a while..

  • Priya March 29, 2010, 1:26 pm

    Yumm!!!tempting soup..

  • shama March 29, 2010, 4:06 pm

    delicious soup……tempting photo

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