Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Indian Tomato soup

Tomato soup with knorr chicken bouillon cubes and homemade croutons.

Indian tomato soup with chicken stock.

Making croutons at home

Ingredients: (4 cups)
Tomato - 2
onion - 1/ cup
garlic - 5 cloves
black pepper - 5
cumin - 1 tsp
cilantro -  handful
salt - to taste
butter - 1 tbsp
chicken soup cube  - 1
water - 4 cups
pepper powder - as per need

Saute chopped garlic and shallot / red onion in 1 tbsp butter till onion gets tender.
Chop the tomato finely and saute along with the onion , garlic.
Cook it covered with 1/2 cup water (Always cook tomato completely to get complete health benefits).
After it gets cooked, add cilantro, black pepper, cumin and let it cool completely.
Keep the vessel, as we need it again.
Puree this mixture in a blender.
Return this mixture to the cooking vessel , add 3.5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
If needed add chicken soup cube (or) some broth.
Check for salt and add.
Garnish with freshly ground pepper.

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot with bread crumbs on top.
See below for home made simple bread crumb recipe.

Home made bread crumbs:
bread slice (thick variety) - 1
ghee / butter - 1 tsp

Cut the bread slice into small cubes.
Heat ghee in a pan, keep flame very low.
Fry the bread slices in low flame till it turns golden and crispy.
We can do this in oven too.

Crushed tomato in can also be substituted, but fresh tastes better as always.
Chicken cubes is optional. It is added as a flavorful thickener here. But roasted AP flour can also be added instead.
Chicken stock in liquid form can also be added instead of soup cubes.

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