Tomato shorba recipe (Tamatar ka shorba)

Tomato shorba recipe This is Indian style, little spicy and healthy version of making tomato soup. It is also known as tamatar ka shorba.

Tomato shorba recipe | Tamatar ka shorba | How to make tomato shorba

Actually soup and shorba is the same thing. the only difference is the words. Shorba is the kind of soup which has roots connected with ancient Persia. In Indian cuisine, it is from Mughal Empire. Shorba is derived from the Arabic word ‘Shurbah’ meaning soup (source difference between).

When we refer the soup as a shorba, it has to be aromatic. It comes from the sauteeing whole spices in the oil in beginning.

The soup is slightly spiced with red chili powder. The whole spices are sauteed and then ground with tomatoes which gives little warmth/spice to the soup.

The besan (gram flour) is added in the soup which thickens the soup slightly. Also adds some flavor to it.

Apart from having this tomato shorba as a soup, you can have it on side with biryani.

As I have said many times, Please use fresh, good and ripe tomatoes whenever making any dish which has tomatoes as a key ingredient. If unripe tomatoes are used then shorba will be too sour.


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1) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add whole spices (cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf and green cardamom). Saute for a minute, you will get nice aroma of spices.

2) Then add chopped ginger and garlic. Cook for a minute or till the raw smell of ginger garlic goes away.
Tomato shorba recipe | Tamatar ka shorba | How to make tomato shorba

3) Now add besan and mix immediately. Cook with stirring constantly for 30-40 seconds or till it is roasted and you get the nutty aroma of roasted flour. Make sure that besan do not get burnt.

4) Add chopped tomatoes and mix well.
Tomato shorba recipe | Tamatar ka shorba | How to make tomato shorba

5) Add red chili powder and salt. Stir well.

6) Now add water.
Tomato shorba recipe | Tamatar ka shorba | How to make tomato shorba

7) Bring it to a boil.

8) Let it simmer for 15 minutes or till the tomatoes get soft. Then turn off the stove.
Tomato shorba recipe | Tamatar ka shorba | How to make tomato shorba

9) If using blender or grinder to make the puree, let the mixture cool slightly and then make puree. Please discard the bay leaf. If using the hand blender, you can puree it right away. Make sure that the puree is nice and smooth. Pour back to the pan/pot.

10) If needed, you can add little water to make the soup consistency and let it simmer for few minutes. It was ok for me, so I have not added any more water.
Tomato shorba recipe | Tamatar ka shorba | How to make tomato shorba

11) Lastly add chopped coriander leaves and turn off the stove.

12) Mix well and tomato shorba is ready to serve.
Tomato shorba recipe | Tamatar ka shorba | How to make tomato shorba

Pour the tomato shorba in individual serving bowl. Garnish with small coriander leave and serve.

Serving suggestions: Serve as a starter or appetizer before meal. This tamatar ka shorba can be served as a side gravy with ricepulao or veg biryani. this makes healthy light meal.

Tomato shorba recipe | Tamatar ka shorba | How to make tomato shorba

Tomato shorba recipe | Tamatar ka shorba | How to make tomato shorba
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Tomato shorba recipe (Tamatar ka shorba recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • ¼ inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Green cardamoms
  • ¼ inch Ginger or 1 teaspoon chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Besan (gram flour)
  • 3 medium or 225 grams Tomato roughly chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 ½ cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Cilantro or coriander leaves finely chopped

Instructions

Making tomato shorba recipe:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat.
  2. Once hot add whole spices. Saute for a minute.
  3. Then add chopped ginger and garlic. Cook for a minute.
  4. Now add besan and mix immediately. Cook with stirring constantly for 30-40 seconds or till it is roasted and you get the nutty aroma of roasted flour.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  6. Add red chili powder and salt. Stir well.
  7. Now add water. Bring it to a boil.
  8. Let it simmer for 15 minutes or till the tomatoes get soft.
  9. Then turn off the stove.
  10. If using blender or grinder to make the puree, let the mixture cool slightly and then make puree. Please discard the bay leaf. If using the hand blender, you can puree it right away.
  11. Make sure that the puree is nice and smooth. Pour back to the pan/pot.
  12. Lastly add chopped coriander leaves and turn off the stove.

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