Asian inspired tomato soup with coconut milk

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Author Notes: I grew up in Mumbai, India and this recipe is called 'tomato saar" in my mother tongue, Marathi. "Saar" means "essence," so this recipe embodies the essence of its ingredients.Annada Rathi

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Serves 4

  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter or clarified butter (ghee)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  1. Whisk tomato paste and 2 1/2 cups of water to form a smooth liquid. Heat unsalted butter or ghee in a pot and add cumin seeds. Once the seeds start popping, add the tomato mixture.
  2. Add salt, sugar, red chile powder and let boil. Meanwhile mix coconut milk and 1/2 cup water in a bowl and pour into the tomato mix. Allow the tomato soup to boil and top off with chopped cilantro. Enjoy this soup on a cold, wintry day or combine with a vegetable pilaf for a light, Sunday dinner.

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