Today has been one of those lazy days, when I have not wanted to do much of anything.
I was up until quite late last night, working, and managed to finish something that I had set for myself as a target for yesterday. That sort of makes me feel I can take things easier today.
So lunch for Shri and Noor today was just a sandwich (Actually, quite a yummy kind – built up with salad leaves, layered over with slices of tomato and mozzarella cheese, and a slathering of pesto on top, all packed in to a baguette or some nice olive bread that has been sliced through and has had some olive oil sprinkled over the insides), instead of the more effort/time intensive upma or poha that Noor would have liked.
When I opened the fridge to take out the cheese, I noticed that there were only 4 tomatoes left and so on impulse I decided that I’d make soup for dinner, one that uses coconut milk, and use those 4 tomatoes up before I bring a fresh lot tomorrow. Fortunately there is a little bit of the vegetable pasta salad left over from last night’s dinner, and a pizza in the freezer, so the soup will go nicely will all of that.
The rain that the colder weather and winds of the last 2 days presaged has started to come down in earnest during the afternoon, so they are going to be quite happy to eat soup for dinner, I think, especially since it is one that they like.
Tomato soup with Coconut milk
4 large tomatoes
60 ml of coconut milk
1/2 tsp of grated ginger
2 tsp of sunflower oil
1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
Wash the tomatoes boil the tomatoes (whole) in a saucepan with 200 ml of water till they go quite soft.
After they cool down, take the skins off, and blend the tomatoes. Strain the puree through a sieve.
In another saucepan, warm the oil and add the ginger. Once it starts to turn pink (don’t let it brown/burn), add the cumin seeds, wait till their aroma is released, then add the strained puree. Season with salt, and let the puree boil for 5-7 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk, a pinch of sugar if the taste is too sour and keep the mixture on the heat for only another couple of minutes.
Voila ! Doesn’t that seem quite simply done? And it is, really.