5 December 2006

Instant tomato soup (not from the packet)

Tomato soupThere are times when I'm already hungry and then I start cooking. Result - a dish comes together in under 10 minutes. Ideally I'd pressure cook / boil the tomatoes, peel them and puree them to be made into a soup. But there is a time lag between the boiling and pureeing because I have to wait for the tomatoes to cool off. Unless ofcourse I want a red spray paint on my kitchen walls.

I took the reverse route here. Puree whole tomatoes, skin and all with a few cloves of garlic. And then turn it into soup.

Cooked tomatoes are high on lycopene and lycopene is good for you. It helps in preventing various cancers especially of the colon and prostate. More about lycopene - here.




Instant tomato soup

Tomato soup
Time taken - Under 10 minutes
Category - Soups, Low fat food, No-prep food
Makes one large bowl of soup


Ingredients
3 medium sized tomatoes - roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic peeled
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp cornflour
Few leaves basil - torn
Salt to taste
Pinch of sugar
Pinch of cumin powder
Freshly ground black pepper

Place the tomatoes and garlic in a blender and make a fine puree.
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, throw in the cumin powder and the puree. Bring to a boil. Add the seasonings.
Dissolve the cornflour in 1/2 cup water. Add to the pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Take it off the heat. Serve into a bowl and garnish with freshly torn basil leaves.
Keep a crusty bread on the side for dipping in. (The no-knead sourdought that I baked was the perfect accompaniment to this one.)

The flavours are fresh and yummy. This is one of the best meals you can make in under 10 minutes. A bowl of soup with a slice of bread and a fruit is a perfect light lunch.

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Check out the array of scones made by Priya of Akshayapaatram which got left out from the Baking for breakfast - round up due to blogger's eccentricities.

14 comments:

rooma said...

Nice twist Nandita!!! never tried going the other way round...... :)

Anonymous said...

A great recipe, Nandita. I never thought about the 'way backwards'. Your slice of bread looks like the best accompaniment for this.
Btw, I recognised a photo of yours (the one with mangoes that you took for the pancakes, if I am not wrong) on a sad blog that Manisha has written about in her latest post. You know you are good when you are being copied, Buddy. :)

Nabeela said...

funny you should make this soup...I made it too yesterday! :)...will be posting it soon

Nandita said...

Vaish - you have a fantastic memory! I posted that in her comments myself...thanks for ur sweet words.

Rooma- thanks!

Nabeela - haha great minds think alike

Anonymous said...

Hi Nandita,nice recipe.I used to make a similar recipe that I concocted during the early days of my marriage.very healthy too.:)

Anonymous said...

great soup and looks good with that bread

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Anupama said...

Hey Nandita, Thanx for a fantastic idea. A quick soup is always welcome. Sometimes I have soup in the afternoon instead of tea or coffee and this will be perfect.

Anonymous said...

Hi, The soup looks wonderful, and healthy too... but the best usp is the 'quick' factor! BTW, did u bake the bread urself?

Nandita said...

Vini- after all necessity is the mother of invention, if you need to make something real fast, i'm sure all of us come out with grt short cuts.

Anupama - this soup is souper for the dark London weather now!

Manasi- yes dear, i baked this bread,...it is the famous NO KNEAD bread that was published a while ago in the NYtimes and has taken the internet by the storm.
Shall post a recipe for all of you since NY times has a little registration to be done before you can view, it is free though! Check the link on WBB round up.

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