Friday, February 12, 2010

Microwave Homemade Tomato Soup

One of the best gastronomic delights in the world is sipping spoonfuls of steaming hot, savory tomato soup. It is a comfort food that is both delicious and healthy. Especially if it is made out of fresh, ripe red tomatoes. You can get 40 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement from a single tomato. Plus, it is also rich in potassium, vitamin A, and antioxidants such as lycopene.
Tomatoes get their luscious red color from lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid, which is a natural food pigment that occurs in vegetables and fruits. Lycopene is not produced in the human body, hence it is essential to get it from dietary sources. Tomatoes have numerous health benfits other than having lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidants, that helps fighting cancers. Tomato is a good blood purifier, so consumption of tomato everyday helps in improving skin texture and color. tomato is a natural antiseptic, so it can help protect against various infections. Nicotinic acid present in tomatoes help to reduce blood cholesterol, thus helps prevent heart diseases. Tomatoes help dissolving gallstones. And tomatoes contain large amount of Vitamin C, provides 40 % of daily requirements.

Another interesting point is that lycopene is absorbed more efficiently by the body when the tomato is cooked or processed, and not when it is consumed raw. So, the best way to get benefits of Lycopene from Tomatoes, is to make a warm, hot Tomato soup that will not only delight your taste buds, but also give you the health benefits you need.
This time, I tried to make tomato soup in Microwave, it was quite easier than I expected, in less than 30  minutes you'll get a healthy and nutritious tomato soup to indulge...try it out


Ingredients :
Ripe tomatoes : 4 (medium)
Carrot : 1

Onion : 1(medium)
Garlic pods : 2(crushed)
Flour/wheat flour/corn flour : 1 tblsp.
Milk : 1/4 cup
Sugar : 1 tsp.
Salt and black pepper to taste

Butter : 1 tblsp.

Method :
  • Cut tomatoes in quarters or in halves. Cut carrots in small chunks. Slice onions lengthwise.
  • Place tomatoes, carrots, garlic and onions in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in high for about 5-6 minutes until veges get soft. Take out in between and stir to avoid foods to burn.
  • Cool and puree mixture in a blender, adding a little water about 1 cup. Strain the mixture to remove tomato skin and seeds. Set aside.
  • Now, in another big bowl, melt butter in microwave. Take out, and add flour, stir briskly. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Then add milk slowly stirring continuously to avoid forming of lumps. Microwave for 2-3 minutes on HIGH or until thick. Stir in between. 
  • Take out, add the pureed tomato mixture. Mix well with the white sauce. Add sugar and season with salt and pepper. Then microwave it for 2 minutes.
  • Stand it for 2-3 minutes and remove from oven. Garnish with little butter and crushed black pepper.
  • Serve hot with grilled sandwiches or with croutons.
Sending this piping hot soup to Sara of Sara's Corner who is hosting this month's MEC : Soups , event started by Srivalli of Cooking 4 All Seasons.

And to another event Healthy Inspirations event - Soups , hosted by Usha of Veg Inspirations


21 comments:

LG said...

I have never tried making soup in MW. We love tomato soup :) and your soup looks appetizing in the pic

Priya said...

Tempting tomato soup, looks really delicious..

deepti said...

Adding white sauce is new for me...also never tried in Microwave...thanks 4 sharing

Tina said...

Beautiful click dear...Soup looks yummy and refreshing....

sowmya.s said...

combining white sauce is something new to me..looks yumm..

Indrani said...

Thank you all...try it out, it's just yumm

Sayantani said...

thats looks Yum Indrani. am a sucker for any kind of soup and simply love this gorgeous red. Did you realise it makes a perfect first course for V Day Dinner. between loving your new header.

Indrani said...

Thanks, Sayantani...Yes, u r right, it'll make a great 1st course for V.day lunch/dinner. r u planning to make this for V.DAY

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy soup. never tried in mw!

Parita said...

Perfect soup for the season!

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Indrani
How are you?
Ebar ektu ektu kor-e blog PaDa suru korlam, kato je miss hoe gechhe!! ek corner-e twin hot plate and basin achhe, OTG achhe , thats all.
Kitchen chhaDa ki kor-e 3-4 weeks thakbo tai bhabchhi..Rissoto, Piza, Macu, pasta kato din cholbe janina --but very tasty.
This soup is very new for me, specially the milk part of it. Deshe fir-e try korbo.
Bhalo theko
Ushnishda

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow the soup looks very comforting and I love the microwave version!!! Should make life easy!!!

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Rachel said...

Soup in a microwave..very novel

Usha said...

The soup looks very inviting and delicious ! Loved the idea of making soup entirely in the microwave.

Thanks so much for sharing this yum soup with the Healthy Inspirations event....

Aruna Manikandan said...

Tomato soup looks delicious.....

Padhu said...

Yummy tomato soup
http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

woww..superb idea Indrani.. :) snap is too tempting.. :)

Suparna said...

Soup looks good Indrani :) and mw saves a lot of energy and makes room for other work side by side :) thanks for the recipe.
Nice pics
TC

Tulip said...

Hi Indrani di,

ashakori valo acho. ami anekdin pore blogs visit korchi...majkhane khub busy geche tai ar blogging kora hoyni. tomar ei MW soup recipe ta besh valo....looks very tasty...amadero piping hot soup bhishon valo laage....definitely will try this one. Take care.

Kavita said...

wow indrani,will surely try this soup.looking yummy.

viagra online said...

I taste a homemade tomato soup made it for my mom, it was really delicious. i can try to make it on the microwave too.

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