I love soups and paired with a light sandwich ar a simple toasted bread can make it a complete meal. Tomato Soup is something which was always ordered in our visits to restaurant, it is only from past some years that we have a array of soups of available. My personal fav is Hot And Sour and will post the recipe for that as well very soon. This is a very easy and simple preparation and you can make it to suite your taste. For a more profound color add some cubes of beetroot and it will give you a darker color. This is also a fat free one as i have not added any butter or added flour to thicken it.
Ripe Red Tomatoes 5
Split yellow moong dal 2 tbsp
Pepper 1 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp if reqd.
Water 1/4 cup
Milk 1/4 cup
Chop tomatoes and onion into big chunks.
Place them in a cooker along with the dal and water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Let cool and blend the mixture into a puree.
Strain the mixture to get a smooth puree (You can skip this step as well , but i like a smoother consistency)
Transfer to a pan and add salt, pepper and milk and simmer till it gets to a boil.
Taste the soup and if you feel there is a tartness of the tomatoes add the sugar.
I also add carrots or beetroots sometime while cooking it.
You can also add a single star anise to get a different flavor.