Step 1: You will need
- 4 Tomatoes
- 4 tsp split yellow lentils
- 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
- 6 Peppercorns
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
- to taste Salt
- 1 bunch of Coriander
- 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
- 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1 pinch of Asafoetida
- 4 sprigs of curry leaves
- 1/2 tsp tomato paste
- 800 ml cold water
- 1 sharp knife
- 2 non-stick pans
- 1 sieve
- 1 cup
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 pestle and mortar
Step 2: Lentils
The lentils will form a stock for the tomato soup
Put 4 teaspoons of split yellow lentils, also known as Toor Dal, into a bowl, and pour in some cold water. Swirl them around. This will wash any dust from the lentils. Repeat this a couple of times. Rinse and add to the large saucepan
Add 800ml of cold water, and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Leave to simmer for 20 minutes.
Step 3: Garlic
Crush 4 cloves of garlic with the flat part of a knife.
Step 4: Grind
Put the garlic into a mortar. Add a sprinkle of peppercorns and a sprinkle of cumin seeds. Use the pestle and mortar to roughly grind the mix.
Step 5: Add ingredients
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large saucepan over a high heat. Add the garlic, peppercorns, and cumin seeds to the pan and stir for 1 minute. Turn down the heat and leave to simmer.
Step 6: Coriander
Chop the leaves using a sharp knife, and put the stems to one side.
Step 7: HANDY HINT
Wash the coriander after you've chopped it. Put the leaves into a bowl of cold water and swirl them around for about 30 seconds. The freshest leaves will float to the top. Remove these from the bowl and leave to drain.
Step 8: Curry leaves
Turn the heat up. Add three sprigs of curry leaves to the saucepan.
Step 9: coriander stems
Add the small bunch of coriander stems
Step 10: Tomatoes
Use a sharp knife to chop 4 tomatoes up into small chunks. Add to the pan. Stir for 30 seconds then reduce heat.
Step 11: Add lentil stock
Sieve the lentil stock into the pan
Step 12: Chilli powderand turmeric
Add 1/2 a teaspoon of red chilli powder
Then add 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric powder, and stir again.
Bring to the boil, then turn it down to simmer for 10 mins.
Step 13: Simmer
Cover the pan, and leave to simmer for 15 minutes over a low heat, until the tomatoes are soft. Check the pan occasionally, and stir to stop burning.
Step 14: Tempering
In a separate non-stick pan, heat up 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil on a high flame to start to make a tempering.
Temperings are a combination of spices in oil, added to soups or sauces at the end of cooking to add a final boost of flavour.
After about a minute, when the oil is very hot, add 1/2 of a teaspoon of mustard seeds.
When they start to crackle, add one sprig of curry leaves, and a pinch of asafoetida.
Step 15: Strain
Strain the soup into the tempering. Press down well with a spoon to ease out all the soup. Bring to the boil over a very hot flame.
Step 16: Tomato Paste
Add half a teaspoon of tomato paste to add some colour
Step 17: Salt
Add half a teaspoon of salt
Step 18: Garnish
Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves onto the soup.