Healing South Indian Tomato & Black Pepper Soup




Healing South Indian Tomato & Black Pepper Soup


Nothing is worse than a bad cold! After our wonderful weekend holiday my daughter and I both caught cold. Heavy head and blocked nose kept my daughter awake all night long last night and I was up comforting her. Today we both are tired and groggy. I had some grand cup cake baking plans with a friend but instead I am sitting and sipping some hot tomato pepper soup right now!

Since I was anyway making it, I thought I will share my simple pepper soup recipe with you all. There is no doubt that soups are the best thing to drink when recovering from a cold. The only soup that comes to my mind in such situations is my super easy South Indian style tomato pepper soup. It’s called ‘menasina saaru’ in Kannada which literally means ‘pepper soup’.  It’s super easy to make and is guaranteed to make you feel better. It has very simple ingredients, a couple of fresh ripe tomatoes and some spices and you are good to go!

I am not in the best positions to write anymore so here is the recipe of my favorite soup… as I will always be a south Indian at heart! Make this when you or your loved ones need some simple healing soup.



Fresh tomatoes



Some simple spices



Dry roasted pepper and cumin



My favorite soup 🙂


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  • 2-3 medium tomatoes
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1-2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oil


Take 3-4 cups of water in a heavy bottomed vessel. Roughly chop the tomatoes and add it to the water. Add some salt and turmeric and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer slowly.

While the tomatoes are simmering dry roast the black pepper and cumin till fragrant and once cool grind it into coarse powder in a pestle and mortar.

Peel the garlic and lightly crush it.

Heat oil in a pan, add the garlic and fry till golden. Add the pepper cumin powder and turn off the heat.

Add this to the simmering tomato mixture. Continue to boil for 2-3 minutes for all the spices to come together and tomatoes to fall apart. Drink hot!

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