Monday, December 6, 2010

Crafty Kitchen - Indian Tomato Soup

Indian Tomato Soup
One recent cold and wintry evening, I found myself craving some manner of tomato soup (with grilled cheese sandwiches on the side, of course!). A quick search online revealed that tomato soup could be so much more than just, well, pureed tomatoes. I'm a huge fan of Indian food, and a huge stockpiler of Indian spices. Using what I had on hand, I threw this together. And what do you know, it actually worked!
Cooking soup

What you'll need:

  • 1 - 28 oz can whole tomatoes

  • 2 potatoes, peeled

  • 1 celery stalk

  • 1/2 onion

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds

  • 2 tab. butter or ghee

  • 2 tsp. black mustard seeds

  • 2 tsp. garam masala, or to taste

  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger

  • 1 cup milk

  • cilantro

In a large saucepan or dutch oven, melt the butter over med. high heat. Add the cumin seeds, and cook for a few seconds, until fragrant. Brown the onion and garlic together. Add the browned onion, garlic, celery and tomatoes to a food processor, and puree them together. Return mixture to pan. Add potatoes, garam masala, mustard seeds and ginger. Simmer, partially covered, for 35 minutes. Add water as needed. (I wound up using 1 1/2 cups.) Add the milk, and remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro.

4 - 6 servings, reheats well!

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