This is not the first soup that is based on tomatoes that have been published on this blog. I have made Vegan Tomato Soup, Roasted Red Bellpepper Soup before. Both of them have tomatoes in them. Then why another tomato soup? Reason is my younger one who is four years old. For her, it is not soup unless it has tomatoes in it. I have made so many different kinds of soup but all she wants is soup with tomatoes in it. So, I made this version and added carrots and scallion to it. She was a happy camper.
Vegan Zucchini Soup
Peeled whole tomatoes in a can - one can of 28 Oz (Or use 7 blanched plum tomatoes)
Vegetable broth - 3 - 5 cups (I used 4 cups - See Notes)
Scallions - 7 chopped reserving 1/4 cup of green part for garnishing
Cumin - 1 heaping tsp
Oil - 2 TBSP
Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp or to taste
Green chillies - 3 or per taste (optional)
Salt - to taste
Ginger - 1/2" piece peeled and chopped into big chunks
Carrots - 4 medium peeled and diced (See Notes)
In a pan, heat oil. When hot, add ginger, green chillies if using. When they are half toasted, add scallions, carrots. Stir and sprinkle some salt. Let it roast a bit. When they are half done, add vegetable broth and bring it to a boil. Start with 2 cups and you can always add more if needed later. Drain the tomato can reserving the juice. If you are using fresh tomatoes, blanch them and drop them into the pan. Let it all come to a boil.
In a small skillet, toast the cumin seeds. Powder them in a mortar and pestle along with black pepper corns. Set aside. When the mixture comes to a boil, turn off the heat and let it cool a bit. Take it in a blender when a little cool and puree it. Pour it back to the pot and start heating. Add broth and or reserved juice from the can to adjust the consistency. Add the cumin and pepper powder and mix well. Simmer it for a minute or two and then turn off the heat. Serve topped with chopped scallion greens.
Some brands have more juice in the whole peeled tomatoes can than others. That is the reason for giving the range. If you used fresh tomatoes, you will need more broth to get the desired consistency.