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Tomato Soup

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. 

Tomato Soup

Ingredients

Ripe Red Tomatoes 5

Onion 1

Split yellow moong dal 2 tbsp

Salt 

Pepper 1 tsp

Sugar 1 tsp if reqd.

Water 1/4 cup

Milk 1/4 cup

Method

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.

Serve hot.

Pinks Notes:

I also add carrots or beetroots sometime while cooking it.

You can also add a single star anise to get a different flavor.

Babycorn · soup · Spinach

Spinach and Baby Corn Soup And Tarla Dalal’s Food Demo

In Mysore we don’t have many celebrity food shows organised so when Tarla Dalal visited Mysore for a Food Charity show, I jumped in to get the tickets and attend it. I remember ages ago she used to host a cookery show on a TV Channel and i used to follow it very regularly, then after the internet came i became a regular visitor of her site.

The Show was organised here last Monday and it was nice to finally see her in person. As i have not attended any food shows earlier, i had gone with a lot of expectation, I thought it will be a very interactive session where in we can ask her some of our questions…….but it was nothing like that. She cooked some of her signature recipes and the recipes were good. I was not able sit through the whole show as I had to come home early.

The same evening I did try 2 of her recipes one was the Spinach and Baby corn Soup and the second was a stuffed enchiladas . The soup was nice and good for a cold day. Overall it was a good experience and hope that many such demo’s happen in Mysore as well.

(I know Soup are supposed to be served in a bowl but i always have soup in a  cup)

Now coming to the recipe below

Spinach and baby Corn Soup

Recipe From Tarla Dalal

Ingredients

Butter tbsp

1/4 Finely Chopped Onions

12 Small babycorns thinly sliced

3 Cup Finely Chopped Spinach

1 1/2 Cup Milk mixed with 1 1/2 cup of water

1 1/2 tbsp cornflour dissolved in 2 tbsp water

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

1 Slice Cheese (Optional)

Method

Heat Butter in a pan and add onions , saute till it translucent

Add the bay corn and spinach and saute on a medium flame for 2-3 mins

Add the milk + water mix and bring to a boil.

Add the cornflour mix , salt, pepper and cook again for 3-4 mins while stirring continuously.

Remove from flame and blend using a hand blender till smooth.

Bring to boil again and if u want to add cheese u can add at it at this stage, give a boil and serve hot.

Note:

I followed the same recipe but halved the ingredients and added a cheese slice which was not mentioned in the original recipe.

I also added a Tbsp of Italian seasoning to the soup.

We had the soup with a Sandwich which i will be sharing with u all in a  future post