Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Roasted Tomato Soup ~ Quick and Comforting!

I may be drinking only a soup, but who says I am not enjoying? If you must know, I am having a feast every night. With the chill breeze steeping in through the windows, I sip my piping hot soup and can literally feel the heat strolling through my windpipe. Oops, its not wind pipe is it, I meant the throat! Well whatever, you get the draft right. Every sip reminds me of those many times in past, I had enjoyed this quintessential Tomato Soup. This typically is Amma's another one of those wonderful concoctions. Though I remember being the person, who read out to her a decade ago, she has since then changed and modified and added her signature touch!

Though at the risk of being repeated, I am not a soup person. But who can say no to something that's so delicious? Other than at home, I can vouch I have never sip a tomato soup elsewhere. Soup, if at all, has always been Sweet Corn Veg Soup. So I have enjoyed this version of Amma's Tomato Soup. I had it at various times in life. Early years of remembering this, would be that time when I was recuperating from a fall, then during pregnancy. And when she wanted Konda to have an intake of Veggies, so she camouflaged them as soups. Since she was anyway going the full yard, she used to make for me too. Oh how I remember enticing Konda to drink this, saying Ammama made only for her, 'cos she has to grown tall, strong and healthy! Magical words to get my daughter eat, is to say Ammama made for her. She will even eat a full meal that way!

Amma adds ghee roasted bread crumbs as garnish. In our recent trip by train, hubby dear said, that the only good stuff sold, was the tomato soup. So Konda was all excited to taste. It was, of course, served with bread crumbs. She eat up all the bread crumbs and gave the cold soup back to me! I was reminded of that incident when I added the dry toasted bread crumbs to my soup. This fits the bill the outside climate demands, you wonder what's special today, well a bowl of that hot Tomato soup to shoo off the cold!

Ingredients Needed:

Tomatoes - 2 medium
Carrot - 1 small
Onion - 1 medium
Clove - 1
Cinnamon - 1 "
Mint Leaves - 5
Salt to Taste
Pepper to Taste
All purpose flour - 1 tsp (opt)
Milk - 2 tbsp (opt)
Oil - 1 tsp
Butter/ Ghee - 1 tsp

Method to prepare:

Heat a pressure cooker with oil. Sauté chopped onions, cloves, cinnamon and mint leaves. Then add chopped tomatoes and carrot. Add the flour and stir well.

Stir for 2 mins, then add 1 cup of water and pressure cook it for 1 - 2 whistles. Once its done, remove the clove and cinnamon.

Grind the rest to a smooth paste. Cook it again for 5 mins. Add salt and pepper, water if required. Simmer and slowly add milk. Bring to boil.

Tomato Soup is ready to tuck you in for a sound sleep!

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Usha said...

Sounds delicious..loved that you added carrot to it too :)

kamala said...

Yummy soup for the cold weather Valli..Harish too is like that..I can make him if referring Amma.

Uma said...

Slurp! Yummy soup.

Vij said...

nice post! quite apt for the weather here.... looks hot n nice

Uj said...

Soup looks yummy.. I have never tried to venture out to make soup.. Need to start soon with the winter creeping in slowly. Will try your version :)

Sharmila said...

Love tomato soup anyday. And yes, I toast the bread too. :-)

Happy cook said...

Soup looks yumm. Even my sister says the only good thing they sell is the tomatoe soup in thetrain, but she takes sachets of ketchup to add in it, which i then remarks to her it it rrrrr
This soups looks really yumm

Jayashree said...

These days my daughter says that she is already as big and as strong as she wants to be....so she doesn't need any more food :-))

Zee said...

Yumm-O!..lovely soup and so easy to make..please keep posting your soup recipes:)

Divya Vikram said...

Perfect n comforting for the weather..Heard it is cold and rainiy in chennai..

Vidhya said...

sounds cozy. will try it.

Rajee said...

Lovely soup for the long winter days :-)

Srivalli said...

Thank you everybody for your lovely comments!

Kamini said...

Sounds yummy - I've never tried it with cloves and cinnamon before, I'm sure they add a lovely flavour.

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