Thursday, 18 August 2011

Tomato Soup

Tomato soup
Soups are very healthy and nourishing food,if prepared from fresh ingredients rather than from ready to eat packets.Tomato soup is one of the most liked soup amongst young and old alike. It is rich in vitamins, calcium and is really tasty also. The only disadvantage of this soup is that it is very high on sodium. Thus those suffering from high BP should not add salt in soup. Being rich in Vitamin C, E,K,and water content tomato soup is very good for weight loss.
In my house hold in winters tomato soup is a regular feature in the evening.

Nutritional values of Tomatoes /250 gm
Ca l43
Fat 0
Cholesterol 0
Polysterol 23 gm.
Sugar 6 gm.
Sodium 593mg.
Carbs 19 gm
Protein 2gm.
Fibers 2gm.
Vitamin A23%
Vitamin C 91% 
Vitamin E 7%thiamin
Niacin, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Folates,Vitamin  B12 are also present 3-8%.
The nutritional values of all vegetables may vary little with the quality and variety of that vegetable. 

Preparation Time :10min.
Cooking Time : 30 min.
Servings :4 large servings ( 500-600ml.)

Ingredients required
  • 500 gm.Tomatoes large and red.
Tomatoes for soup
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar one tea spoon (Optional)
  • Cinnamon stick 1/2 inches big.
  • Black pepper powder 1/2 tea spoon.
  • Water 300 ml.
Directions to prepare Tomato Soup
  • Wash the tomatoes. Cut them into small pieces 
Tomatoes cut after washing for soup
  • Put them in a thick bottom container.
  • Add water salt and cinnamon piece and boil till tender.
Tomatoes being cooked for soup
  • Cool and grind in a mixer and sieve thoroughly, you may require some water while sieving.
  • To the thick liquid you get after sieving add water as per your requirement,add sugar and give it a nice boil.
  • Add pepper powder and serve hot. 
Enjoy the soup with crisp bread croutons. :)

    Tomato soup ready to be garnished and served
     Tips :
    • Always take stainless steel / Glass container for cooking this soup.
    • The container should be of thick bottom.
    • Do not add corn flour for thickening the soup it adds calory but no nutrition.
    Suggested Variations
    • You can also replace cinnamon powder with parsley/celery/basil/ to change the flavor.
    • Little amount of Moong Dal / masoor dal can be added to tomatoes during boiling.
    • Vegetables like beans / carrots can be added in little amount. 
    • Addition of dal, beans, carrot will thicken the soup and enhance the nutritional vakue of soup.

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