Tomato Cilantro Soup

Tomato Cilantro Soup

Tomato soup needs no introduction - it is a universally popular and well-loved soup with as many recipe variations as the number of cooks preparing this delicious concoction. A perfect recipe for chilly weather, one sip of this steamy broth warms the heart, body & soul in equal measure. I prepared this Tomato Cilantro Soup recipe at a time when I was feeling sick & everything was tasting like cardboard (ugh!). My version is quick and easy to prepare, and has Coriander (Cilantro) as a key ingredient - this atypical seasoning brings a unique aroma and taste that adds to the deliciousness of the soup. Oh, it felt like heaven as the rich, thick, creamy & aromatic flavors opened up my taste buds and brightened my dulled senses. Hope that you enjoy this recipe, in sickness & in good health :)


Serves : 2-3

5 Large red ripe Tomatoes; roughly chopped
1 cup roughly chopped Onion
1/3 cup chopped fresh Cilantro (Coriander) leaves
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tbsp minced fresh Garlic; peeled
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste
2 tbsp Sugar/Honey or to taste
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 cup Water or Vegetable Stock
2 tbsp Fresh Cream
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh Cilantro (Coriander) leaves; for garnishing

How to make Tomato Soup

  1. Heat oil in a deep pan on medium heat.
  2. Add cumin seeds & onion. Saute until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  4. Add tomatoes & cilantro leaves. Saute for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Add water/vegetable stock & salt. Bring to a boil, lower the heat & cook uncovered for 20 minutes while stirring intermittently.
  6. Turn off the heat. Puree the contents with immersion blender (or food processor or regular blender) until smooth.
  7. Return the pureed mixture to the pan. Add black pepper, sugar/honey to taste. Cook on low heat, covered, for about 5 minutes or till the soup thickens. 
  8. Remove from the heat. Adjust seasoning as per taste.
  9. Serve hot with a spoonful of cream in each bowl & garnished with cilantro leaves.

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