From Amma With Love

Thakkali Chathumudu

South Indian Tomato Soup

1 tsp. vegetable oil

1 tsp. black mustard seeds

1 tsp. asafetida powder 

1 or 2 sprigs of curry leaves

1 or 2 tomatoes, chopped

1 green hot chili pepper, chopped

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder 

1 to 1&1/2 tsp. rasam powder 

1 tsp. tomato paste(*1)

salt to taste 

2 to 3 cups of water 

1/2 cooked toor daal (pulp)

2 tsp. lemon juice

Heat oil in a heavy saucepan with high heat and add the mustard seeds, asafetida powder and 1 sprig of curry leaves (the rest will be used later.)

When the mustard seeds pop, add tomatoes, green chili peppers, turmeric, rasam powder, tomato paste, salt, and a cup of water.

When it starts boiling, add another cup of water and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Add cooked toor dal (pulp) and water if you need and bring to boil. ( If it's too spicy add more cooked toor daal (pulp) to tone down the spiciness

Add lemon juice and the rest of curry leaves.

(*1):  Sri Ganeshram's 777 brand is my favorite.