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Tamatar ka soup
Tomato soup

Preparation and cooking time: 30 - 40 min

41/2 lbs (2 kg) firm red tomatoes
6 tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
4 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves
11/2 tablespoon brown sugar
11/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon white flour
13/4 cups (425 ml) milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Wash the tomatoes and cut each one into 8 wedges. Put them in an electric blender and blend them for a minute; then press the sauce through a sieve to remove bits of skin. (If you donít have a blender, blanch the tomatoes and press them through a sieve). Set aside.
Heat the ghee or vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan and fry the ground coriander and asafoetida for a few seconds. Add the tomatoes. Adjust the heat to medium-low and cook the tomatoes for 20 - 25 minutes. Then add the chopped coriander, sugar, salt, pepper, and cayenne.

Heat the butter in another saucepan and stir-fry the flour over low heat to brown it lightly. Now slowly add the milk and continue to cook (while stirring all the time to prevent lumps from forming) until the sauce thickens. Finally, mix this into the tomatoes, add the lemon juice, and serve hot.

For a garnish, you can pan-fry a tablespoon of vermicelli in a little butter and spread it over the surface of the soup.