21 February 2008

Spicy Aubgergine & Tomato Soup



















This is my entry for No Croutons Required, the new monthly soup and salad challenge, which is going to be jointly hosted by myself and Lisa at Lisa's Kitchen. When I say entry, I mean that I don't want to miss out on all the fun! Lisa and I's entries are not up for voting.

I want to say a big thank to Lisa for all her hard work in starting the event and thank you all for contributing. We have been absolutely blown away by the enthusiasm everyone has shown!

So without further ado, here is my soup.

Spicy Aubergine & Tomato Soup



















1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped,
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 heaped tsp toasted, crushed cumin seeds
3 aubergines, chopped
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2/ ½ pints vegetable stock
juice ½ lemon
handful fresh coriander, chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper


Sizzle the cumin seeds in hot olive oil and then add the onion, garlic and chilli and cook for a few minutes. Add the aubergines and tomatoes. Next add the stock and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the lemon juice and coriander before whizzing the soup in a blender. I personally don’t like it too smooth.

Taste and season.

Serves 4 – 6

The challenge is now closed for the month. Lisa is kindly letting me submit my soup a day late, I know, I know, not a good example to set!

Make sure to visit Lisa's blog to see all the entries.

27 comments:

  1. Gorgeous soup Holler! Thank you for coming up with the idea for this successful event. The roundup is scheduled to go up tomorrow.

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  2. Yay for Holler's tardy, er I mean tasty soup!

    Very middle-eastern flavours...definitely warming.

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  3. Hey, Lisa, thanks for waiting for me, oh the shame! Oh, the roundup is going to be real exciting!

    Hi Peter, It was yummy and the first time I have added aubergine to soup. I would definitely use them again. I will ignore your lip!

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  4. Great soup Holler! I must make this for a friend of mine who adores aubgergine. Cannot wait for the roundup!
    OBTW, nice presentation in your pretty bowl:) I find it fun to see how everyone presents their dishes. I love all the "props"!
    OK, I know, I am a bit goofy...

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  5. Of course you should join in the fun - love your soup and love the plate you served it it - looks stunning!

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  6. I love nice bowls too, Deb! Unfortunately I have run out of space now. Most of my bowls are white, but I have one or two special bowls.

    Thanks johanna!

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  7. Sounds delicious Holler. I saw some lovely Japanese eggplants at the market yesterday with their name all over this :D

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  8. I bought the aubergines at the supermarket. They were selling them off really cheap, so I ended up buying 6, I just couldn't leave them on that shelf. I made this soup and a gorgeous, but simple curry.

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  9. Holler, of course we don't mind the soup being a tad late when it looks this tasty and is so beautifully presented! And it makes total sense that you'd have a tin of tomatoes in it!

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  10. That looks like a great mix of ingredients. Yum!

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  11. You are right Ricki, it is very fitting for me to add a tin of tomatoes! I don't actually use as many tinned tomatoes, since I started the blog. Thanks for visiting Ricki

    Thanks Vegan Blog Tracker!

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  12. Holler, it's summer here and you are making me crave soup. :)

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  13. Hi Patricia, Lucky you, I wish it was summer here!

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  14. Looks like a delicious soup. Tomato soups always hit the spot and this looks mouth watering.

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  15. Tomato soup is real comfort food, isn't it Mike?

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  16. Holler,

    aubergine soup sounds fantastic. Almost Turkish! Lovely entry.

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  17. Holler, this looks d lish. I am hoping to get involved in the next round... have a great week end!

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  18. Thanks Zlamushka and thanks for visiting. Congratulations on having your harissa added to a cookery collection!

    Hi Shelly I have had a good weekend so far and it looks like it is going to be a gorgeous day today, so I am going out walking.
    I look forward to seeing an entry from you next month!

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  19. Lovely soup -- kind of like the ingredients for a caponata combined with a baba ghanoush. I like it.

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  20. That soup looks simple and tasty!

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  21. Lovely plate, Holler - and a fab looking soup. Thanks to you and Lisa for coming up with such a creative challenge :-)

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  22. Great soup - and great event!

    Looking forward to the next one too :)

    Btw, I have tagged you over at my blog if you want to check it out... :)

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  23. I've never really thought about using aubergine in a soup - but now I will! Bet the aubergine gives that soup a lovely underlying smokiness...

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  24. Yum! This soup sounds great... and would taste so good today... it's so cold outside here!

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  25. that looks so good! do you think you could do a thicker version as a pasta sauce? i love tomato eggplant sauce!

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  26. Well, I haven't had either of those, Lydia, but they sound good!

    Thanks Kevin, It did have a really rich, fresh flavour.

    Hi Jen, hope you contibute in March, it is my turn!

    Thanks for that Kitty, I will go over and have a look!

    Have a try A forkful of spaghetti!

    Hi Jenny, it is still cold here too, but it is definitely perking up, there is more daylight!

    Yeah, that would work Katy!

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  27. I really need to get my act together and stary participating in No Croutons Required! Your soup look delicious...

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