Tamatar Ka Shorba - Indian Tomato Soup with Whole Warm Spices

A very simple recipe, you can whip up with everyday spices from your kitchen and comes out perfectly giving the soup a very good taste. So what makes this soup different from the millions of other tomato soup recipes out there? Well, it's a lot thinner than the consistency of a normal soup. It is not chunky and is similar to the consistency of gujarati daal or kadhi. Overall, it's a deliciously brothy soup with cumin tadka and is incredibly easy to make ! If that isn't a winner in your eyes, then I don't know what is!

You will need :-
  1. 1 kg fresh ripe tomatoes ( roughly chopped )
  2. 2 tbsp tomato puree ( optional )
  3. 1 big red onion ( roughly chopped )
  4. 5-6 cloves garlic
  5. 1 tbsp grated ginger
  6. 2 green chillies
  7. 1 small cinnamon stick
  8. 3-4 cloves
  9. 8-10 black pepper seeds
  10. 2-3 bay leaves
  11. 1-2 black cardamom pod
  12. 3-4 green cardamom pod
  13. 2 star anise
  14. Salt to taste
  15. 1-2 tbsp sugar ( sugar helps in removing acidity from tomatoes )
  16. 2 tbsp oil
  17. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  18. Pinch of hing ( asafoetida )
  19. Fresh coriander to garnish

Method :-
In a large pressure cooker place all the ingredients from no 1 to 13 with 600-700 ml water.
Let it cook till 3 whistle.
If you do not have pressure cooker put all the ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring it to boil.
Simmer for 25-30 minutes on a low heat till tomatoes are mashed completely.
Remove most of the whole spices with the help of spoon. But don't throw away. If one or two left in the mixture, it's fine.
Now by using electric hand blender or mixer blend tomato mix to puree. Make sure there isn't any lump of tomatoes in there.
DO NOT STRAIN this mixture. why you want to waste all the goodness of tomatoes.
Transfer the tomato mixture in a large saucepan, add tomato puree, if mixture is thick add 1/2 cup of water. Bring it to a good boil.
Add sugar and salt.
Prepare tempering ( tadka ) by heating a oil in a tiny saucepan, add cumin seeds and discarded whole spices , let them crackle add hing and pour in to tomato soup.
Check the seasoning and serve hot with fresh chopped coriander.
Goes perfectly with any crusty bread.


  1. Making me hungry now superb comforting soup

  2. That's very quick Linsy...I've sev dungri nu shaak recipe here too..Thanks !

  3. Hey Jagruti, loved the presentation! you know, sometimes I do the same.. I forget to check my refrigerator and end up having more produce at hand..

  4. Looks delicious and fingerlicking good.

  5. Oh this happens to me all the time:)) Off late my husband has taken the responsibility to check the pantry before heading for a shopping...

    The recipe of urs is so tempting,color and beautiful presentation....

  6. Even I sometimes do not check the fridge and buy same vegetables. Anyway, the shorba looks simply mouthwatering and delicious.

  7. Delicious soup dear...perfect for winter days.

  8. Lovely spiced tomato soup which i can have before my meal.Tempting my taste buds.


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