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Thursday, September 17, 2009

'Everyday Cooking'-Tomato soup (semi homemade way)

Tomato Soup/Saar

Was driving 'E' back from his gymnastics class yesterday evening and thinking as I was driving...umm what do I feel like eating for dinner?? Pizza...yes Pizza! But quickly dismissed the thought....as I remembered there were enough left overs from lunch which we could eat for dinner. And also, last week, during our Cape Cod trip we had pizza a lottt of times..So..no pizza

:( I thought...

But.....when I got home 'M' said he was wondering if we could order...(guess what????? ) for dinner?? PIZZA!!!!!! Even he was craving the same! This has happened a lot of times before...'M' and I think alike a lot of times! You know..as they say....married couples start becoming like each other in each others company....I believe its true! We are becoming 'one' truly!

It's good in lot of different ways...but I guess..NOT..when both feel like eating pizza ...way too many times! Especially when worrying about going past certain(don't want to mention!) mark on the weigh scale!

Anyways.....we ordered the 'Chicken supreme' pizza with extra jalapenos from Pizza Hut. To go along with the pizza (and to feel less guilty about ordering outside food) I decided to make my 'semi homemade' tomato soup.

I have been making this soup for quite sometime now....and it has sort of become a staple for all my party menus.The reasons being: its easy to make, and evvvveryyyyone likes it....from my mother in law to my mom.....and from 'E' and 'M' to all my friends seem to love it...

I buy the canned Campbell's condensed tomato soup cans,and jazz it up my way...

The canned soup saves me tons of efforts of boiling the tomatoes, peeling...blending etc etc.And believe it or not....its cheap to buy this can than to but tomatoes to yield the same amount of soup.

I don't really know how I have come up with this recipe...but this concoction works just perfect!

It's mix of Indian and Italian spices and herbs.....which gives this soup a very warm and comforting flavor.It's sour, sweet, spicy all at the same time.Perfect on those cold winter nights or as an accompaniment to other dishes.


1 can Campbell's canned tomato soup(or any other brand would do)
1&1/2 to 2 cans water (usually on the can,recipe calls for only 1 can water.But I add more)

1/4 tsp cumin

5-6 curry leaves

1/8tsp black pepper powder

1/8tsp grated ginger

1/8tsp Italian seasoning/or just dried basil

1/8 tsp cinnamon powder

1/8tsp chili powder

Salt,sugar to taste

2tsp ghee/butter

Croutons,cilantro for garnishing


1) Heat 1tsp ghee/butter in a pan.Add cumin,grated ginger,curry leaves.Fry for 30 secs.

2) Add the canned condensed tomato soup, 2 cans of water,mix well and let simmer.

3) Add black pepper,chili powder,Italian seasoning,cinnamon powder,salt and sugar.

4)Let it simmer for 3-4 mins

5) Garnish with cilantro, ghee and croutons

6) Enjoy Hot!


  1. I remember having this when we came to Ithaca 2.5 years ago....yummm...had loved it then. Will try this recipe. Like the idea of using Campbells cans...but not too much of a fan of processed food. So if I don't use the cans, I just need to puree tomatoes right?

  2. Ok....if you are confused as to who is foodaholic, its me Anjali....
    I too will post some entries soon!

  3. Oh yeah..I was confused!Nice..will love to read your entries too!
    Abt the soup..yes boil the tomatoes,peel(or leave 'as is' if you don't mind the skins)and blend into smooth puree.Follow rest of the recipe.

  4. This sure is one of ur specialty items........Vaithi in fact asked u the recipe remember..........
    Glad to get the recipe.
    Actually, you can also substitute dhal stock for 1 can of water(if u have it in hand), it gives little protein if I may say ........

  5. Thats a great idea Padma!Daal stock!
    One of my friend also suggested using 'V8' juice instead of tomato soup can.More nutritious I guess...but haven't tried it out yet.

  6. Made it and it was a hit. Interesting idea to try V8!

  7. Had it n sluuurped it!Taste is still lingering in my mouth:-)