Friday, February 11, 2011

Tomato Soup

Nothing can beat a bowl of warm Tomato soup when you are down with flu like symptoms. I followed this recipe I found online. I adapted it a bit to suit my sparse pantry and to keep the calorie count low. Here is my version, it tasted amazing!

4 Tomatoes chopped
2 tbsp chopped onion
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1/2 inch of ginger chopped
2 cloves of garlic crushed
2 Bay leaves
1/4 cup of mint leaves
1/4 cup chopped carrots(I used frozen)
1/4 cup peas(I used frozen)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup water or veggie broth
1 cup 2% fat milk (or use cream instead)
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp olive oil

1. Sprinkle salt, pepper(generously) and olive oil on the chopped onions,tomatoes and crushed garlic, roast it at 450 degrees for 15 minutes in the oven.
2. In a pan add butter and saute the ginger, followed by bay leaves, mint, carrot, peas and tomato paste.
3. Add water and cook the veggies for 10 mins
4. Once the veggies are cooked through add the roasted veggies and cook for 5 mins
5. Take off the heat and blend until smooth
6. Put the soup back in the pot, add milk and boil it one last time.

Serve hot with croutons or wheat thins!


  1. Dear Chef Mangala, I do not have any bay leaves. What is a good substitute? Also, I feel like the 2% milk makes this dish too rich for my blood. Can I use water instead? Or what about freshly squeezed tomato juice?

  2. Looks absolutely delicious!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. @Dear Anonymous Expert :), maybe you can try it out with 1/2 a tsp of thyme, I read somewhere that it can be a good substitue. And yea, you can completely skip milk and adjust the water to get the gravy to the right consisteny but it wouldnt be as thick or creamy

    @Prathima, Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Great to have warm soup anytime,heartwarming recipe!
    Chutney dal is roasted channa dal,usually used along with fresh coconut to make chutney, also called phutana in Marathi, hurikadale in Kannada, Bhuna chana in Hindi and pottu kadalai in Tamil.I have a picture of this ingredient in quick chana kurma in my blog,hope you are able to identify.

  5. soup looks perfect and delicious dear :)

  6. @Rajani - Oh I see. I have to got try the chutney recipe out! i have all the ingredients, will let you know how it turns out!

    @Aruna - Thanks for checking it out. You have wonderful space too.