Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Winter Comfort Food- Yummy Tomato Basil Soup

Though in my part of the world these days- the hot and dry desert of Rajasthan... winter is receding.
but in the rest of the country, esp in the plains, and the world...its still pretty chilly.
So the best way to eat light and healthy during the winter evenings is binge on some hot and delicious soup...have as much as you want!
Its light and healthy and you can snuggle up in your comforters and pjs- watch a nice movie and sip on delicious soup and crunchy garlic breadsticks.
Today's Winter Comfort Food is home made (from scratch):

 Tomato Basil Soup.

to make about 4-5 cups of vegetable stock:
1 onion-chopped
1 carrot-chopped/sliced
2 cloves of garlic
6 pepper corns (full black pepper)
2-3 cloves (laung)
1 bay leaf (tezpatta)
about 3 inch celery stalk (optional-if available)
5 cups of water
Bring to boil and then simmer of 15 minutes and strain.
(generally one throws away the veggies of the stock but what I do is that I puree the stock veggies and add them to the soup to thicken it and also so that my kids have more fibre in thier diet)
but you can just use the stock and not the vegetables- totally your call.

Ingr. for the soup

10-12 medium tomatoes (chopped)
2 tablespoons fresh basil or tulsi leaves chopped coarsely
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp butter
1 onion (chopped)
3 cloves of chopped garlic
10 freshly ground peppercorns
1 tbsp double cream+1 tbsp heavy yoghurt mixed together till smooth
4 cups of vegetable stock
salt to taste

1- Heat oil and butter, add onion and saute till it turns transparent/light pink but NOT brown.
2- Add the tomatoes, garlic and vegetable stock and season lightly with salt and freshly ground pepper
3- Bring to a boil, and the simmer on low heat for twenty minutes. (cover the pot partially so that it doesnt splatter)
 Cool the soup.
4- Add the shredded fresh basil and then puree the entire mixture with a blender. (This is where you add the stock veggies)
Strain the soup into a fresh pan.
5- Check if the soup is too thick, if so, then add some more stock to make it the consistency that you prefer.
6- Check seasoning 
7- Add the yoghurt and cream mixture and simmer on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
Make sure it doesnt come to a boil.
8- Serve hot, garnished with a flourish of cream and topped with fresh basil leaves.
Accompany the soup with some yummy Cheese+garlic breadsticks ( breadsticks were devoured so quickly that I forgot to take pictures of them.)
Will make them again and post the pictures.

So slurp and enjoy!


  1. Looks so yumm .. Perfect soup for winter :)

    1. yes it is! and extremely easy to make- you must give it a shot. :-)

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    1. hahaha... jack of all trades and master of "none"! :-D but thank you!


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