Every sip of this warm spicy tomato curry leaves soup takes me back to chilly winter evenings of childhood. Packed with warm earthy flavours; its a celebration of little things in life! Moreover it is our in-house medicine for cold and congestion. Sikander has been down with cold since yesterday and we are both strong non-believers in medicines for cold. Warm fluids and rest is all that the body needs to fight the cold. I think there is nothing that a warm bowl of soup can’t make good.
It hurts me when I see a packet of “ready to make” tomato soup powder claiming “Homestyle”. There is no substitute to a homemade bowl of fresh tomato soup. A powder cannot substitute for warm flavours of fresh curry leaves, freshly roasted garlic and ginger. Each sip of this soup takes me back to childhood and to the warm tomato soup my mom used to make. Back then there was no concept of “buying” packet soup. One there was no money and two it just wasn’t there on market shelves. Life was so simple when soup was really homemade!
Cold or not, this Indian soup will warm your heart and tingle your taste buds anytime!
Tomato Curry Leaves Soup
10 medium sized tomatoes,
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 inch ginger piece, slivered
10-15 fresh curry leaves
A pinch of sugar
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 tbsps Olive oil
- Blanch and puree the tomatoes. (Boil the tomatoes in water until the skin comes off. Remove from heat. Once cooled, drain the excess water; remove the skin and puree the tomatoes. )
- In a deep pan, heat oil. Add curry leaves and chopped garlic.
- Saute for about 2-3 minutes, until you get the garlic fragrance.
- Add the pureed tomatoes and ginger. Cook covered for 5 minutes
- Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. (A pinch of sugar is generally added to tomato soups and red pasta sauce to cut the tanginess of the tomatoes.)
- Serve warm in a bowl. Garnish with more curry leaves and ginger slivers.
- We prefer to have this soup as is with curry leaves and ginger-garlic bits. But if you want a smooth soup; strain the soup into a bowl before serving to remove curry leaves and ginger- garlic pieces.
Keep Calm and drink Soup!