2 large cloves of garlic
1 medium sized onion
4 salad tomatoes (medium sized)
750 ml vegetable stock (i use Kallo stock cubes coz its vegan)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp cornflour (make a paste using cold water)
Roughly chop garlic, onions and tomatoes. Heat oil in a pan and when the oil is hot add chopped onions and garlic and saute it till its golden brown. Add tomatoes and cook them till it breaks down and then add all the stock . Bring to boil and simmer and cook it for 10 mins. Allow this to cool for atleast half an hour and then blend it smooth . This can be strained which is optional. I don't strain my soup. Pour this back into the pan and bring to boil adding black pepper powder, salt and cornflour paste. Simmer it for 10 mins . Sprinkle with mixed herbs and any herbs of your choice (fresh or dried), this is optional. Serve this with a crusty whole meal bread.
For more healthy version, cooked handful of butter beans or pinto beans or cannelloni beans can be added after blending the soup.
Money saving tip
I buy tomatoes from wholesale dealers and make the soup in large quantity and store them in the fridge. This soup can also be used as paste sauce along with some veggies or it can also be used to make tomato based curries like chick pea curry (channa masala).