Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tomato and Carrot (No Cream) Soup + Amazon & Olive Garden Gift Card Giveaways

 
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

That's exactly how the weather is here in Hyderabad right now. Temperatures are dropping rapidly day after day, a clear indication that the winter has already arrived and its here to stay for few more months to come! It is always the case with me that when cold settles in, I need to make some thick, hot soup to warm up myself, from deep within - perfect to brighten up rather a dull, morose winter's day. Today's recipe of Tomato & Carrot Soup is one such hale and hearty dish. Its filled with goodness of vegetables & herbs with tingling ginger note at the background and a light sprinkling of red chilli flakes at the very end, for some heat.

I highly recommend to make this soup, wrap up warm and with a book in hand enjoy with a buttery, crusty bread to keep the chill out.

..and to know more about and participate in the give-way(s), feel free to scroll down to the end of this post for more details. 

Enjoy!


{Recipe} (No Cream) Tomato and Carrot Soup 

Ingredients:

2 cups of chopped tomatoes
1 cup of chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, peeled, minced
4 cups of water
1 tsp olive oil
3-4 pieces of roughly chopped ginger
1/4 cup coriander leaves
1/2 cup milk
salt - to taste
1/2 tsp or more black pepper
few pieces of bread & butter
red chilli flakes + beaten yogurt for topping

Preparation:

1) Boil 4 cups of water. Add chopped carrots, coriander leaves and ginger. Cover and let it simmer for 15-20 mins. Discard 2 pieces of ginger from the stock.

2) Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a pan and add garlic & onions. Saute for 3-4 mins until light golden brown. Add tomatoes. Cook until mushy on low-medium heat for 15-20 mins. Add boiled carrots along with stock, coriander leaves and ginger. Season with salt & pepper. Mix well and Let it cool a bit.

3) Blend everything into a smooth soup-like consistency. Add milk and bring the soup to a simmer again and water or stock if desired.

4) Melt a bit of butter in a pan. Place few pieces of bread and cook until golden brown.

5) Top with few red chilli flakes + beaten yogurt and serve soup with toasted bread on the side.



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It is Holiday Season and best time to spread some happy cheer all around. Its time to give-away something special to my lovely readers who support me all along the way. Two lucky winners (**not applicable for Indian readers. Check this Canon Powershot Camera giveaway and enter there) will be chosen for an opportunity win these two exciting give-aways:


1) A chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card 





2) A chance to win a $25 Olive Garden gift card.






Here is what you need to do to win either of these give-aways

1. Leave a comment on this post. As simple as that.

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Last date for participation is November 30th 2012 midnight IST and two winners randomly chosen will be announced on December 1st 2012

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  2. The soup deserves a comment, it looks absolutely delicious - even if I do not qualify or the giveaway!

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  21. I love tomato soup! This sounds so good and tasty!

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  24. Awesome reciepe for winter. Entering the giveaway!

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  25. That soup looks amazing! Yum. Never had a carrot soup, but I will have to try this!

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  26. That soup looks delicious! Entering giveaway :)

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  27. please enter me in the giveaway! i just made a similar soup last week - roasted carrot, sweet potato, and roasted jalapeno with a whole head of caramelized, sweet garlic. spicy, sweet, and healthy. AWESOME! we also top our soups in the same thing - plain yogurt is my favorite!

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  31. I love my soups n salad and tomato features in my soup list very often! This looks very very tempting!

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  48. Tomato soup is my all time fav... I have never tried making it with milk.. Yours looks delicious..Will surely try your method.. Please consider me for the give away

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    Bread Uppuma
    Ingredients 7 slices of white bread.( You can use old bread going to get stale etc.or fresh bread.)broken to small pieces 15 or so to each slice.
    1 large onion sliced.
    2-3 Green chillies ( to your taste)sliced fine
    1 tsp. Salt
    Oil 1/3 cup
    Haldi a pinch
    Yogurt 1/3 cp.
    Mustard seeds 1 tsp.
    Urud dal 2 tsp.
    Channa Dal 2 tsp.
    Hing a pinch
    In a large pan add the oil & as soon as it is hot add the mustard seeds. After they splatter add urud & channa dal & hing. After a few minutes add the sliced onions & sautae till they turn golden color. Now add the bread slices, yogurt,haldi & salt. Turn the heat down to low. Cook for 5-7 minites or until all the bread has cooked well to your liking. Keep stirring constantly during this time as you don't want the uppuma to get burnt. Enjoy. My family loves it & will eat any time any day.

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  64. Must try soup. Great give aways.

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  65. I am looking forward to trying your delicious soup! I pinned the recipe to Pinterest:http://pinterest.com/pin/13792342580655318/

    I would love to win the Amazon gift card or I would enjoy the Olive Garden one, too!

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  68. Love this soup and good pics! Makes me want to have a bowl right now :)
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  71. This soup looks delicious! Perfect for the cold weather!

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  72. That soup looks amazing! I think this is a great giveaway and I have subscribed to your blog to keep tabs on all of your yummy recipes!

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  73. I'm not a big tomato soup fan, but this actually looks VERY yummy!
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  82. Loving the sound of the carrots and ginger together. I'm definitely putting this on the must-make list!

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  83. hi siri my first time here and i loved this soup, the taste was really fantastic. i was very sad about the almost tasteless tomatoes we get in geneva and the carrot just made it a perfect soup for us. great thinking. thanks :)

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  84. That looks yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!

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