Tamatar aur Basil Shorba

This exquisite soup is a celebration of freshness and simplicity, with the tangy sweetness of sun-ripened tomatoes perfectly complemented by the delicate herbaceous notes of basil.

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Tamatar aur Basil Shorba

Tamatar aur Basil Shorba

Main Ingredients Tomatoes, Fresh basil leaves
Cuisine Fusion
Course Soups
Prep Time 21-25 minutes
Cook time 21-25 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg


  • 20-24 medium tomatoes
  • 24 fresh basil leaves                                       
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 bay leaf                               
  • 2 medium onions, sliced                                            
  • 20 black peppercorns                                     
  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour (besan)     
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon roasted cumin powder  
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder 


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add bay leaf, onion and black peppercorns.
  2. Quarter tomatoes. Add garlic in the cooker. Cube carrot and add. Add gram flour, mix and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add 3 cups water, tomatoes, salt, sugar and basil leaves and mix well. Put the lid on and cook under pressure till 2-3 whistles are given out.
  4. Open the lid when pressure reduces completely, let the mixture cool slightly and strain the stock into a bowl.
  5. Discard the bay leaf from the residue and put it into a mixer jar. Grind with a little water into a  smooth puree.
  6. Put the puree and the strained stock back into the cooker and bring it to a boil. Add roasted cumin powder and garam masala powder and mix. Adjust salt and mix.
  7. Transfer into a soup bowl, garnish with fried parsley and serve piping hot.