TOMATOES, in all their colors, shapes & sizes give us another reason to celebrate cooking. Vine-ripened, plump and tangy with notes of sweetness...they look gorgeous and brighten up any day. So, why not celebrate their fruity tang with this delicious Indian soup? J
This is probably unlike other tomato soups you have had....light, clear soup using fresh, ripe tomatoes as the main ingredient with a subtle hint of flavors from the whole spices and herbs make it truly irresistible. This delicious soup is sipped through out the country and is named variously like Saar/Chaaru/Saaru/Shorva etc...the tempering spices varying from one home to another.The recipe we share is one our favorite ways to sip this quick to make and easy soup. Apart from the healthful combination of ingredients which make it, what we really love about this soup is the ease with which it can be modified to suite changing seasons and appetites......please check out "From The Blogger's Keyboard" for the same........ J
HAVE A SIP OF GOOD TIMES !!!
array of soup ingredients
** 5-6 medium sized, plump and ripe tomatoes roughly chopped into chunks (choose well ripened tomatoes for a delicious soup)
** 3-4 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro/coriander leaves
** 1-inch stick cinnamon(dalchini) pounded into small bits (u may use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder but freshly pounding a stick gives an unparalleled flavor)
** 4 small cloves garlic peeled and slightly crushed
** 1 teaspoon cumin seeds(jeera)
** a small pinch asfoetida /hing(optional)
** 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter, if not readily available then substitute with butter but the former gives a more refined flavor)
** Salt and pepper to taste
Process: The process involves only 3 steps- cooking, straining and tempering.
We used a pressure cooker for making it really quick and easy....if u need to cook otherwise then choose a deep stock pot and use enough water to cover the tomato pieces properly and cook till thoroughly tender (u may chop the tomatoes a bit smaller for quicker cooking)inside the cooker
For cooking in a pressure cooker, transfer the chopped tomatoes, cilantro leaves, pounded cinnamon into it and add enough water (we used 3 cups) so that the tomatoes are well submerged (too much water will thin down the soup....so use as needed). Cover lid and pressure cook in medium heat for 2 whistles. Turn off heat and let pressure release automatically.
There after, use a wire mesh to strain the contents of the cooker into a large bowl.
Using the back of a ladle press the tomato chunks through the sieve to extract all the pulp. Discard the residue. Now, this pulpy red broth is what we need for the soup. Add salt &pepper to taste, stir to mix.
For tempering, use a deep pan with cover. Heat ghee in the pan in medium.Add cumin seeds and when they start crackling...add crushed garlic cloves, stir & fry till they turn golden, sprinkle asfoetida(if using).
Turn off heat and carefully add the earlier made broth into the tempering pan ( be slow as it sizzles a bit)
Cover the pan immediately to retain the flavor of the tempering in the soup.
Serve after 5 minutes else u can serve later by re-heating it.....want a cool version...view below
A From The Blogger’s Keyboard
ü Garlic & cinnamon are crushed for better infusion of their aroma into the soup.
ü Freshness of ingredients plays a crucial role. So, use well ripened fresh tomatoes for the best tasting soup.
ü If you are not fond of cilantro leaves then substitute it with mint leaves by decreasing the later’s quantity slightly (too much mint may bring about a slight bitterness so use less).
ü You may opt for a spicier version by adding a pinch of chili powder/a whole clove or a bay leaf according to your preference.
ü You may opt for straining out the tempered garlic before serving .
ü FOR A COOL SIP: you can chill it and serve with a squeeze of lime and chopped mint leaves/ you can mix it well with creamed yogurt or Greek yogurt, then chill it before serving/you can add some coconut milk to it when warm and then chill it before serving.
mixed with yogurt=refreshingly cool sip
ü FOR MAKING IT MORE FILLING: you may add some thick coconut milk when it is slightly warm and serve without re-heating it/you may add bits of steamed veggies for some healthy bites/accompany it with some freshly made couscous salad or cheese toast for a delicious lunch.
Want a heartier stew....try out Double beans, Doubly delicious!