Friday, December 03, 2010

December’s Favorite – Clear Tomato Soup

December is one month we should all take advantage of Nature's bounty in baskets of red tomatoes everywhere.

IMG_3377_1 But you will need only four large hothouse tomatoes for four cups of this Clear Tomato Soup. A delightful soul food I have grown up on. I don’t garnish the clear broth of tomato with croutons or elaborate herbs if I am drinking it straight from a cup, but if you do want to dress it up, I suggest herbs like fresh basil or even the humble coriander to be added only when you turn the heat off on the soup.


Ingredients for Clear Tomato Soup are:

4 large vine-ripened tomatoes, washed and quartered
1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
2 beets (optional), halved
3-4 fat cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
2 tablespoons sugar

In a pressure cooker, toss in the tomatoes, garlic, beets, onion, pepper powder, sugar and salt. Add four-five cups of water. (I add the beets for an extra red color to my broth, if you don’t have them, omit them from your recipe.)


Cook till three-four whistles go off. Don’t rush opening the pressure cooker, let all the steam release on its own. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, cook the tomatoes in a stockpot with a tight lid on medium heat for about 20 minutes till the tomatoes are mushy.

Sieve the broth on a larger bowl, mashing the tomato mixture with a ladle to strain all the juices out. IMG_3400_1 Check the seasoning, and adjust accordingly. Stir in a little butter and pour into mugs or soup bowls. Serve hot.

IMG_3403_1IMG_3402_1These mugs of Clear Tomato Soup are perfect for a cold snap. Let it snow then, my hands and soul will remain warm thus.


Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

perfect for the chill here....
Yum! love the color!

Satrupa said...

Such a hearty soup .... gr8 on a cold eve :)

Kuntala said...

I am going to make this soup now Pree. Thanks!

sangeeta said...

Soup with just the tomatoes is a favorite at our place too .

Sayantani said...

thandar perfect soup.

Rajni said...

This looks very easy....will make it for sure..please post some more easy clear soup recipes..thanks a ton :)

Priya said...

Very inviting clear soup..yumm!

aipi said...

Sounds like a delicious, comforting soup on a cold day..beautiful pictures!

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shooting star said...

wow..this seems so easy!!!