Maharashtrian Tomato Saar (Soup) is a mildly spiced and tangy tomato broth and a perfect antidote for the cold weather.
Getting back to the normal routine after a much awaited and needed vacation to India was always going to be the hard part. But knowing that I was going to start posting on the blog again made it a little easier. I wanted to make something quiet elaborate for my first post after almost a month and a half but instead I settled for something simple but no less tasty with this “TOMATO SOUP” OR tomato saar as it is locally called in my hometown.
Having not gone to India in close to 4 years I knew this vacation was going to be an absolute whirlwind and it did not disappoint. The 4 weeks that I was there were an absolute blur. There were a lot of reunions with family(especially MOM!!) and good friends which were the highlight of the trip for me. Then there was the time I got to spend with wifey dear’s side of the family. This was my first interaction with them since I ran away (came back to US) instantly after the wedding (CHUCKLES!!!). Wifey and I also got to take a trip to the pristine beaches of a place called Dapoli which is on the western coast of India with our loved ones.
All in all I can ramble on and on about the vacation but I think its time to get down to some serious business i.e. FOOD (LAUGHS!!!). This trip was a very family-centric one compared to the previous ones which were more friend-centric. So I did not end up eating out a lot which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing since I consider home-cooked meals to be the best food in the world. Usually you go to meet a relative after a long time there is going to be a meal involved. So I had the whole of gamut of food from fish to poultry to even a pure vegetarian meal.
I am purposefully not talking about specific dishes since I do not want to reveal my future recipes (CHUCKLES!!). I have had to hit the ground running at work so I decided to start off with something simple for my first post-vacation recipe. It is actually a very lightly spiced TOMATO SOUP or tomato saar which is meant to be eaten as an accompaniment with rice.
I remember having this a lot as a kid but when mom first served it to me I didn’t even know what it was. That’s how much I had completely forgotten about it over the years.
I went over for dinner at a family friend’s house and saw the same soup on the dinner table so I knew I had to make it again myself. It’s amazing how simple the recipe is. All that is needed is to boil the tomatoes with a little bit of cinnamon and jalapeños till they are soft and tender. Blend the above mixture into a paste without using any water and then strain it to get a clear broth. Add coconut milk to the broth and then gently simmer it over low heat. Season with salt and pepper and a deliciously hot soup is ready to warm the cockles of your heart in these cold, blustery weather.
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- 5 Tomatoes
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- ½ Jalapenos (1 medium chilli)
- ½ Cup Coconut milk
- Pepper Powder (as per taste)
- Boil the tomatoes with a little bit of cinnamon and jalapeños till they are soft and tender. Save a cup of the boiling water to add later.
- Blend the above mixture into a paste without using any water and then strain it to get a clear broth.
- Add coconut milk and water to the broth and then gently simmer it over low heat.
- Season with salt and pepper and a deliciously hot soup is ready.