Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tomato- Basil soup

I could never get enough of Tomato soup, or for that matter any soup. How about you? Soups are known for their healing goodness, and I for that matter never leave a chance when I get to have some soup :) ....I recently had Tomato Basil soup which V had bought from Shaw's when I was not in good health. We both relished it as it was freshly made. Since then I was planning to make it once my homegrown tomatoes ripened. It was just last week that they entered my soup pot. I decided to add Basil flower/stalks/leaves from my garden. It was indeed a proud moment for me to make something like this using produce from my garden :) I am sure all gardening enthusiasts would agree with me on that one.

Recently V decided to grill some chicken, as the weather was perfect. He did a great job at it , and I am proud to show off his grilling skills :) Here are some of the photos that were taken:

Coming to the recipe, its very simple and easy to make. I haven't strained any of the contents I added to the soup as I didn't want to lose any goodness that I added to it. If you have a kitchen gadget that can puree the contents of the soup, it makes it even more easy. I used a hand blender which I use a lot to puree cooked food in some dishes. Here goes the recipe:

Makes 2 full bowls (cereal bowls ) of soup :)

  1. Tomatoes  sliced in quarters : 3 medium tomatoes
  2.  Onion finely chopped : 1 medium
  3.  Garlic minced : 4 cloves
  4. Ginger minced : 1/2 teaspoon
  5.  Basil leaves chopped : 1/2 cup 
  6. Green Chilly minced : 1 long or 2 medium ones
  7.  Milk : 1/4 cup
  8.  Water: 1 cup
  9. Butter : 2 tablespoons
  10. Cornflour/Cornstarch mixed with tap water : 1 tablespoon Cornstarch mixed with 3 tablespoons of water
  11. Salt and Pepper
  12.  Grated Cheese and Basil flower stalk  for garnish


  •  In a deep vessel on medium high heat, add butter. When butter melts, add the Green Chilly and stir fast
  •  Add the Garlic and Ginger , give it a good stir , and follow it with adding Onion. Reduce fire to medium and stir until the Onion turns pale and very lightly brown, don't allow it to caramelize :)
  •  Now add the Tomatoes and stir well for a minute. Add the Basil Leaves. Add some salt , give it another stir and turn heat to medium low, cover the vessel and let it cook for two minutes or until everything in it turns mushy. 
  • Allow the contents to cool. Puree the contents. Then transfer them back to the vessel on medium low fire, when bubbles start appearing, add 1 cup water and give it a stir, cover the vessel and let it come to a boil. 
  •  Reduce the fire to the lowest setting, and check for salt.Stir after checking for salt
  • Now add Milk and stir for a minute. Then switch off the fire. Add the Basil flower stalk and cover the pot/vessel. Leave like this for a minute so that flavors mix. 
  • Serve with some grated cheese on top along with crackers or a grilled sandwich :) yummmm :)
  • Done :)
Roopa :)


♥Aps♥ said...

U r making me J by posting it....
ne ways m sure u guys enjoyed it... nd i know how the basil gives a lovely flavor to the soup :)

Sushma Mallya said...

I loved the recipe, basil def gives such a nice flavour and nice idea to include it in this soup...looks lovely and yum

Priti said...

Looks yum I feel like grabbing some right away :)d

Hari Chandana said...

looks very delicous.. yummyy

Beth said...

Your blog looks super yummy with wonderful picture of dishes. :)

sanjeeta kk said...

Comforting soup, good clicks.

shanthi said...

Soup looks perfect and delicious

Satya said...

hi Roopa
first time to ur blog ...u got a beautiful space here with lovely collection of recipes n lovely clicks too ...happy to find u ...
tomato basil soup look so the flavor of basil n by adding basil ,it must give a nice flavor to the soup to try it
if u get time do visit my blog


aipi said...

love basil flavor in tomato soup ..such a classic combo..soup looks comforting
perfectly grilled chicken 2..kudos 2 your hubby :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Looks like you guys are enjoying summer fullfledgedly!!! the basil tomato soup sounds verya romatic and comfy!!!

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely combination

aipi said...

Hey Roopa,
sorry couldn't get back to you earlier.
As is as far as i know falooda noodles are made of corn starch and are basically used in indian desserts n drinks , whereas vermicelli and other noodles are made from wheat or maida.
As far as this recipes is concerned the noodles are used as garnish and are optional.
hope that helps.
Hope you get achance to try it out and do let me know when you do.
aipi (

Nitha said...

Delicious soup and yummy chicken..

RV said...

Tomato soup is the first soup that I tasted. It reminds me of home and I absolutely love it. Soup looks warm and those grilled chicken absolutely droolworthy

Neha said...

I agree that we cannot have enough of soups...thanks for sharing the recipe for tomato soup,will make it some day,my hubby likes it very much :)
Adding basil leaves was very creative

Torviewtoronto said...

Pls accept this award

Kitchen Flavours said...

Basil flavours the tomato soup in a rich way....soup looks creamy and that chicken too...

PranisKitchen said...

very delicious and yummy rasam like the addition of basil the chicken looks so good yummy yum

Shanthi said...

Love to have tomato soup with basil. wonderful

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo..what a comforting soup...ur chicken makes me drool roopa...i am dieing to have that right now.. :(

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