It’s Day 6 of self-quarantine and the cooking spree continues.
It was a cloudy, rainy day outside, so soup was on my mind. Also, I’d just finished baking a new loaf of bread. Soup and freshly baked bread – the perfect combination! Click to get my vegan bread recipe here.
So this tomato soup recipe is a slightly embellished version of a popular soup made in southern India. Since adding protein where I can is a personal goal, cause we vegetarians get very little of it, I make my tomato soup with equal parts tomatoes and dal*.
This soup is spicy and tangy – so in addition to tasting great, it’ll clear out your sinuses too, lol.
- 2 cups boiled/cooked split pigeon peas (toor dal*) (image below)
- 1 tomato, chopped finely
- 8-10 curry patta leaves, chopped coarsely
- 1 heaped tbsp fresh, minced garlic
- ½ tsp cumin seeds (whole jeera)
- 1 tsp oil or ghee*
- 1 tsp black pepper (coarsely powdered form)
- I/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1-2 tsp lime juice
- Salt to taste
- Wash the split pigeon peas (until the water appears almost clear)
- Soak for 30-40 minutes (Optional – this dal is a bit tough to cook so soaking helps make it easier)
- Cook the split pigeon peas in a pressure cooker or an Instapot until soft.
- Place the cooked pigeon peans in a large pan.
- Using an immersion blender, breakdown the pigeon peas into a soupy mixture. Add water as needed.
- Allow mixture to simmer on medium heat while simultaneously doing the following.
- Heat oil in a small pan and add the cumin seeds. When they begin to pop, add the minced garlic and chopped curry leaves.
- Cook this mixture for 2 minutes. Then add it to the above soup.
- Use the same small pan to heat some more oil. Add the chopped tomatoes to the oil and allow them to soften for ~5-10 mins. When done, add the tomatoes to the dal.
- FINAL STEP: Add the crushed black powder, salt, and lime juice to taste.
- Top with finely chopped cilantro.
- Allow the soup to simmer on low flame for 15-20 minutes
- Serve hot.
P.S. I forgot to take photos at each step along the way so this post is a little light on images.