Restaurant-Style Tomato Soup

If you open a menu in a restaurant and look under Soups and Appetizers, 9 times out of 10 you are bound to find an entry for Creamy Tomato Soup. This soup has by-far always outweighed its competitors, and though there are many new flavours of soup being offered, Tomato Soup continues to be a favourite! I'm sure everyone must have tried making this at home, but for those of you who crave to create a restaurant-style version, here's a Tomato Soup recipe that is bound to hit the nail! It has been tried, tested and adored in our family for quite some time now.

8-10 large fresh plump tomatoes - chopped in chunks
1/2 cup onions - chopped
5-6 garlic cloves - cut into pieces
2 bay leaves
5-6 cloves (lavang)
1 tsp black pepper powder
salt - to taste
2 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp whipping cream (or fresh cream)
2 tsp red chilli powder
2 tbsp butter
6-8 cups of water (according to your desired consistency)
mint or coriander leaves - for garnish
cream or shredded cheese - for garnish
croutons (for garnish)

Take a huge crock-pot and add the butter to it. When it melts, add the chopped onions and garlic, alongwith the bay leaves, red chilli powder and cloves. Saute for about 1-2 mins. Then add the tomatoes and fill with water so that water just barely covers the mixture. Partially cover the pot and let the mixture boil till all the tomatoes are well-cooked and almost-mashed.

Now take the pot off the stove and allow to cool to room temperature. Add the mixture to a blender (do it in 2 parts if necessary, do not overload the blender) and puree it to form a thick and smooth paste. Now take the pot and a colander (a sieve with a little bigger pores) and pass the blended mixture through the colander and into the crockpot. Gently rub your fingers through the sieve so that only the thick juice is collected in the pot and the residue stays behind in th colander.

Now put the pot on low flame again, add the salt, black pepper powder and slowly add the cream, a little at a time. Keep stirring to prevent the mixture to stick to the bottom. Add water as necessary to attain desired consistency. Do not make it too liquid. The cream gives you the beautiful orangish-reddish color you see in the picture, so do not think of omitting this! Let it cook for another 8-10 mins so that the cream blends well with the tomatoes and you can smell the aroma of the spices.

Once done, serve in soup bowls. garnish with cheese or cream and chopped coriander or mint leaves. This restaurant-style Tomato Soup goes best with breadsticks or Grilled Cheese Toast!

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Anonymous said...

thats one beautiful soup.
good work but worth it i say
thx mansi

Anonymous said...

Awesome!! I was looking for a soup recipe fro so long, but could never be satisfied with what I found..yours seems to click instantly! thanks so much:)


Jyothi said...

Really tomato soup is very tempting. Looks awesome. Very helpful tips of BBQ. Thanks for sharing mansi.

BTW thanks for dropping at my blog and keep visiting.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Manasi, all recipes I saw before call for canned tomatoes or canned puree and my husband is absolutely againt the canned things usage, he wants all natural.

Siri said...

Hey manasi,

Nice yummy soup.. thanks for sharing.. and picture is so beautiful..:D

Sharmi said...

looks so good and really as if from a restaurant:)

TBC said...

Tomato soup is one of my all time favorites. Your soup looks very rich and creamy. Lovely pic too.Did you change your header?

Mansi said...

I do pride myself on this really turns out great! so I'm glad you all liked it too...

TBC - I did change my header...i compromised a little on this one after a few trials...but I think its does it look??

SonyER said...

Hi Mansi,

This is one of my husband's and now my daughter's favorite.

Slight variation to the receipe

I use one potato and also pressure cook all the ingredients except the cream. saves lot of time

Wait for it to cool and while grinding the mixture remove the bay leaves.

And finally just put a drop of cream on top of the soup before serving it

This way u get the same thicker consistency

Padma said...

Bookmarked it! that looks awesome

Unknown said...

Hi Mansi! I made this soup tonight. My guest and I absolutely loved it!! : )