Mexican Tomato Soup with Cottage Cheese Balls by Tarla Dalal

Mexican Tomato Soup with Cottage Cheese Balls

That is Mexican! From red rajma, which is a characteristic ingredient of Mexican cuisine, to pungent garlic and crispy capsicum, the Mexican Tomato Soup with Cottage Cheese Balls features a variety of ingredients that team up well together. The addition of succulent cottage cheese balls and a garnish of grated cheese add to the heavenly flavor and texture of this soup, making it a treat beyond comparison.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes.
Cooking Time: 30 minutes.
Serves 4.

For the Mexican soup
½ cup soaked and boiled red rajma (kidney beans)
4 cups roughly chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic (lesson)
¾ cup finely chopped spring onions whites and greens
½ cup finely chopped capsicum
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp chili powder
Salt to taste

For the cottage cheese balls
¾ cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)
1 tbsp plain flour (maida)
1 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tsp chopped green chilies
Salt to taste

For the garnish
2 tbsp grated processed cheese

For the Mexican soup
1. Combine the tomatoes and 2 cups of water in a deep non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes or till the tomatoes turn soft while stirring occasionally.
2. Cool completely and blend in a mixer till smooth.
3. Strain the mixture using a strain and keep aside.
4. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the garlic and spring onion whites and greens and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
5. Add the capsicum and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
6. Add the tomato mixture, sugar, rajma, chili powder and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

For the cottage cheese balls
1. Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and mix well.
2. Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.
3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and deep-fry the balls a few at a time, till they turn golden brown in color from all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside.

How to proceed
Just before serving, reheat the soup, add the cottage cheese balls, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes while stirring occasionally.
Serve immediately garnished with cheese.

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