Tomato is a great versatile fruit or vegetable. They are kept in fruit category, but I always find it odd to call it fruit. Just like all other vegetables we add tomatoes in salads, they enhance the flavor of vegetables and they can be cooked separate in the form of chutney, dips, stuffed , roasted and of course as soup. I guess tomato soup is one of the easiest soup to be prepared by anyone. Just boil, sieve, cook and add your choice of flavours. My favorite flavor with tomato is mint, but basil also works very well. When I was young, during winter my father used to give us 4-5 fresh basil leaves to eat everyday as a protection cover from cold. So now, in my tomato soup I add home grown dry and fresh basil leaves. It gives beautiful warm flavor to soup!
Adding flavors in a soup is completely an individual choice, so you can try basil, mint, ginger, cinnamon, garlic or any other ingredient of your choice.
5 Big size tomatoes
1 cup Water (for boiling)
1 +1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 tsp dry basil powder
8-10 fresh basil leaves
Water 1 +1/2 cup
Wash and cut big pieces of tomatoes and boil them in one cup of water.
After boiling let them cool down in a bowl, later grind them in a mixer and sieve the pulp.
Add 1+1/2 cups of water and salt and boil this pulp on sim heat for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes switch off gas, add black pepper powder and dry basil powder. While serving add fresh basil leaves.