Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tomato Orange Soup

Remember the time when Tomato Soup was the must-have item on every "fine dining" restaurant menu? - even more popular than the Sweet Corn Soup which was served in every dimly lit, red and gold decorated Chinese restaurant?
Well, I used to have those soups every single time we went out for dinner and my mother used to keep experimenting at home to get the "restaurant taste" so I would have it at home too. I guess she didn't account for the cornflour and mashed potatoes :)

Then there were those terrible versions we got served on the trains every summer vacation when we travelled down South (just tasted it on the Shatabdi last month and apparently Mr Laloo hasn't made a smidgen of difference!). And of course, the instant "packet" soups full of MSG and additives - not sure how much better or worse they are than the canned versions we have started getting from the US of A....

I soon started having tomato soup only at home - so much better and not complicated at all. So when I saw this recipe for a Tomato Orange Soup - it seemed really exotic and a must-try. Not to mention that so many people seemed to endorse it. I adapted it (just couldn't figure out what the baking powder was for!) and it was a delicious twist on the usual tomato soup. Its a light soup, so perfect for warmer weather too - it's become a favourite of mine.

I am sending this soup to Souper Soup Challenge - Volume Three at Running With Tweezers

Tomato Orange Soup

2 tbsp butter
1 onion medium chopped fine
5 tomatoes - blanched, peeled and chopped
1 tsp salt
2 tsp freshly crushed black pepper
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Fresh Orange juice from 1 orange
2 tbsp fresh cream whipped

1. Melt butter in a heavy bottomed pan, add onion and saute for 4-5 minutes till transluscent.
2. Add chopped tomatoes, salt and dried thyme, bring to boil and then simmer on a low flame for 15 minutes. Add the crushed pepper and remove from flame.
3. Cool and puree in a mixer. Return to the pan and add the orange juice. Heat gently for a couple of minutes, adjust seasoning and serve with a dash of cream.


Asha said...

Great combo Miri, color is soothing! :)

Cham said...

I made carrot and orange soup but tomato and orange work well too. Love the bright color!

Arch said...

Nice combination - colour looks lovely too...must try this out...thanks for sharing

Happy cook said...

Soup looks so yumm.

Raaga said...

have heard so much about this... have to try

Sharmi said...

what a nice combination!

Namratha said...

Haha, couldn't help but laugh at the mention of the soup on Shatabdi, it is awful isn't it? Tomato and Orange, that's an interesting combo and the first I've seen, good one!

Soma said...

Sounds really refreshing a perfect summer soup for me!!

Sandeepa said...

Orange with tomato, this needs to be tried
Yeah the soup served in train was yuck

Cynthia said...

That is such an amazing combo. I would never have thought of it. Thanks for the idea!