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A Fragrant & Delicious Tomato Soup

February 17, 2019

A Fragrant & Delicious Tomato Soup

 

Some of my favorite memories of growing up were the many evenings I spent entranced by the aroma of delicious rasam cooking on the stove. This delicious, brothy tomato soup is a South Indian staple—a warm, comforting hug in a bowl. It’s great for colds or for cold nights, but equally good as a soup for the whole family to bond over. Rasam is also wonderful for digestion and full of antioxidants. It brings me great joy to share this amazing, flavorful recipe with you. I hope you love it as much as I do!

 

For the rasam powder:

1 ½ tbsp Lentils (dhal)

1 to 2 dried Red Chilis 

1 tsp. whole Cumin Seeds

½ tsp. Pepper

¼ tsp. Fenugreek

1 ½ tbsp. Coriander Seeds 

 

Dry roast the lentils. Add all other ingredients, adding the cumin seeds last. Once aromatic, remove from heat and allow to cool. Ground to a fine powder and store or set aside for use.

 

 

For the soup:

2 cups chopped Tomatoes 

2 cups Water 

1 tsp Tamarind Paste (you can get this at Whole Foods or an Indian store)

1½ tbsp. Oil (coconut oil works well)

¾ tsp whole Cumin Seeds

½ tsp Mustard

1 pinch Fenugreek

1 pinch Asafoetida 

1 dried Red Chili

1 tbsp fresh Curry Leaves

4 cloves Garlic 

1/8 tsp Turmeric 

Himalayan Salt, to taste

1 cup split Lentils (dhal), pressure cooked or boiled

¼ cup chopped Cilantro

 

Add oil to a small pan or your pot and add the cumin seeds, mustard, and fenugreek. They should begin to sputter. Next, add the asafetida and red chili. Lastly, add the curry leaves and fry for a minute. If you made this in a separate pan, add this to your pot.

 

Add the tomatoes, salt, and turmeric, and cover. Allow to cook for two minutes. Next, add the rasam powder that you made, tamarind, garlic, and water, and bring to a boil. Add in the cooked lentils, and cook for a minute. Turn off the heat and garnish with cilantro. Serve with rice or rotis. Enjoy!

 

Did you like this recipe? Share your feedback in the comments!

Read also: Kick A Cold With This Spiffy, Spicy Soup! and Smoky Mushroom Soup

 




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