Indian Tomato Soup

May the heavens forgive me but I’ve just tampered with a Madhur Jaffrey recipe. I was having a “oh no it’s a week until payday and we have nothing for lunch” moment combined with lingering guilt over not making a single thing yet from her newest book – and this was the result.

Indian Tomato Soup

Indian Tomato Soup
You know how they say “so simple even your kids could make it”? Well, with just a little help from me regarding measuring and guidance so turmeric didn’t go all over the kitchen, the Small Girl made this. She’s two and three months. Ok, I turned the element on and gave it an occasional stir, but you get the picture. It really is that easy.

2 tins peeled tomatoes (chopped makes it even easier)
100g red lentils
500mls water (wash out the tomato cans)
1Tbsp coriander seeds
1Tbsp ground cumin
1/4tsp ground turmeric
1/2tsp chilli powder
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 5cm piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped (or, if you can’t be bothered, cut in a few pieces and chuck them in whole – I often do this with frozen ginger)

Put everything in a pot. Bring to boil then turn down and let simmer gently for about an hour. Top up with more water if it looks like it’s getting too thick. Taste for seasoning, add about 1tsp salt. Remove the giant pieces of ginger at this point. Serve sprinkled with handfuls of fresh coriander. That’s it. Serves 4.



  1. September 13, 2011 / 9:21 pm

    Rhis sounds like a a relay nice soup to warm us up in thsi cold stormy weather:)

  2. September 13, 2011 / 9:27 pm

    I've made this one too. It's a good soup. All that is missing is a photo of your wee helper 🙂

  3. September 14, 2011 / 2:52 am

    Looks delicious! I just made a red pepper soup last night, and have a few too many tomatoes hanging out in my fridge, waiting to be made into something. I think I've found their fate!

  4. September 14, 2011 / 5:24 am

    So simple and I've never thought of an Indian tomato soup before so this has inspired me!

  5. September 14, 2011 / 6:09 am

    Yum. I'm all up for an easy and tasty soup recipe, this one looks just perfect, so tasty and comforting all in the one bowl.

  6. September 14, 2011 / 10:31 am

    And here i was hoping to see tiny hands stirring – looks lovely and warming. I'm also making another soup today, the weather certainly calls for it.

  7. September 14, 2011 / 11:14 am

    This sounds delicious Lucy. I love this spice combination…wow you've got your little one starting early…

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