Simple Tamatar ka Shorba

December 7, 2015

Summer may have gone but the taste of summer needn’t disappear with it. My winter warming tomato soup spiced with sizzling fennel and cumin delivers a punchy taste of summer in a bowl. The recipe is for a simple Tamatar ka Shorba, or spiced tomato soup. This dish dates back to Ancient Persia and the Mughal courts of India. My version uses fresh tomatoes, but as it’s winter here they don’t have the blood red colour of summer. I roast them first to deepen their taste before blending the whole lot. Have a look here at a very delectable version using a tin of tomatoes. If you’re wondering what I’ve served it with, that’s some wholegrain bread buttered on both sides and then grilled for five minutes on either side until crisp. Perfect for dunking! Now for the weather to get warmer…



  • 1kg ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 4 fat cloved garlic
  • Half inch ginger
  • 5 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp whole cumin
  • 1 tsp whole fennel
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • Salt to taste


Preheat the oven to 200 degree c. Quarter the tomatoes, place on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle the sugar all over. Roast the tomatoes for half an hour.

In the meantime, peel and roughly chop the ginger and garlic. Bring the oil to heat on medium in a frying pan. First sizzle the whole spices and then saute the ginger and garlic until pale golden. This will take a couple of minutes. Now turn the heat off until the tomatoes are ready.

When the time is up on the tomatoes, take the sheet out of the oven and leave to cool slightly until they are blender friendly. Now toss the spice mix and the tomatoes into your blender and puree until smooth. Add salt to your taste.

Finish by sprinkling some chopped parsley on top of the Tamatar ka Shorba and serve it hot with sliced chillies and bread buttered and grilled on both sides.



7 Responses to “Simple Tamatar ka Shorba”

  1. Chandana Jadhav Says:

    May 26th, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Very nice tomato soup, a perfect one for winter, I am trying this Persian dish for the first time. Thanks for the celebrate description and additional information on the dish. I am Looking forward to more such easy recipe to surprise my children.

    Hope you find them and enjoy! M x

  2. Mallika Says:

    April 2nd, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Hi Leena, I would not keep it for more that three days in the fridge and a month in the freezer. Enjoy!

  3. Leena Says:

    April 2nd, 2016 at 6:23 am

    For how many days we can store it?

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  5. Mallika Says:

    December 16th, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks Rahul!

  6. Mallika Says:

    December 28th, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Ahhh great to hear!

  7. Rahul @ samosastreet Says:

    December 15th, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Lovely spiced tomato soup.Tempting my taste buds.

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