Each country has their own version of soups and stews that can be as easy or as difficult, as effortless or as complicated. But there is one common fact that is universal across them. Soup is comforting; it warms us and keeps our spirit high even when the day is gloomy!
What I am sharing today is an Indian Spicy soup that is a perfect treat for the season.
Here is the break down of the recipe title: Tamatar is tomato, Shimla Mirch is bell pepper and Shorba is what we call soup in India. The history of shorba goes way back to ancient Persia. Along with many beautiful dishes, Mughals also introduced Shorba to Indian cuisine during their time. Like all Indian dishes, this soup too is prepared with warm spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon and garam masala that makes it not only flavorful but also robust.
The end result is always delicious, just delicious.
This is my take on shorba, which I must say, may not be traditional enough!
Ideally tomatoes are not roasted before making the soup and peppers are not normally added. If you know me, you also know how I like to add little twists to an old classic and make it my very own. People might say, why change something that is already so beautiful? And I agree to that, but isn’t food blogging also about experimenting and trying out new flavors and new techniques.
Well, the important thing is to have a pleased tummy and this soup does exactly that for us! It’s winter when tomatoes and red peppers are not at their best form. Roasting helps in releasing the juices that brighten up the flavor and makes it more luscious. The red pepper gives a kick, which balances wonderfully with the tangy tomatoes and the blend results in a gorgeous saffron color, which only makes it more tempting.
This has been our favorite soup for a while now irrespective of what the season is and how warm or cold the night might feel.
If you enjoy Indian food, you will enjoy this spicy soup too. We added extra freshly cracked pepper on top just before we dunked our bread in it. But do not hesitate to spoon some cream at the end or yogurt, if that’s what makes you happy. I do that at times!