This is a soup unashamedly based on a South Indian classic – Tomato Rasam. Tomato Rasam is a soupy broth based on tomatoes, tamarind and tangy, hot spices. It is sipped and also ladled over rice, so cannot be equated with a Western soup. However we can take the flavours of Rasam – the tomatoes, the tang, the spicy heat – and with this inspiration create a more Western style soup to awaken the taste buds and enliven the palate.
This soup is full of garlic, ginger, black pepper and turmeric, all good for Winter colds and general immune system. It’s one of the soups that we make when laid low with a Winter lurgy.
Tinned tomatoes can be used if the fresh ones lack flavour. We would normally serve it with raita, plain yoghurt, cream or coconut milk but today chose to make it without any of these to be more friendly to those in the household with colds. It is just as good without.