Spicy Tomato Soup


After some looking at different recipes, I thought I would experiment with making an Indian Tomato Soup, as I once had in a restaurant. This comes close. Warning! Indian Chili powder is much spicier than your ordinary store-bought.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 tablespoon Indian chili powder

  • ½ cup water, or as needed

  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato puree

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • salt to taste

  • cup heavy cream or half-and-half (Optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; stir in onions and bay leaves, and cook about 5 minutes until the onions begin to soften. Add flour, ginger-garlic paste, garam masala, turmeric, and Indian chili powder. Cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Pour the water into the pan, and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom with a wooden spoon. Pour in the tomato puree and thin with additional water to desired consistency. Add sugar and salt; cook until sugar is dissolved and soup is hot, about 5 minutes.

  3. Remove bay leaves and serve with cream if desired.

Cook's Note

Substitute 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for 1 tablespoon of Indian chili powder.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

167 Calories
10g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 167
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 627mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 646mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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