Spiced Homemade Tomato Soup with Lime Yogurt Sauce

Today I’m sharing a recipe for homemade tomato soup. It’s spiced with wonderful and warm Indian flavors and there’s a pretty amazing yogurt and lime zest sauce for drizzling into the soup before serving.

There was a lot of soup around when I was growing up. But there were very few cans.  There were the tins of hearty clam chowder that would show up in the cupboard just for me whenever it was my dad’s turn to go grocery shopping. And there were cans of tomato soup.

I don’t know why my mom didn’t make homemade tomato soup since she made so many other kinds of soups. But cans of tomato soup were a staple.

Especially with grilled cheese sandwiches.

This homemade tomato soup has been spiced with garam masala, an Indian spice blend.. It's garnished with a lime zest yogurt sauce.

Nowadays I don’t buy canned soup (except for a small stash that I have on hand just in case during hurricane season). I don’t know why I don’t buy them. I just don’t think of it.

And that means that I don’t think of buying canned tomato soup either.

So when I get a craving for tomato soup I need to make homemade tomato soup. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy. And better than that, if I make it myself I get to add all kinds of fun twists. In this case I’ve added garam masala, an Indian spice blend which typically consists of pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cumin and cardamom (although the spices in it can vary with the region of India). And I made a yogurt lime cream sauce to drizzle into the bowls just before serving to perk it up a bit.

Note that you have to add the yogurt cream after you’re done heating the soup or else the acid from the tomatoes and the heat of the liquid will make it curdle. Just follow the recipe. I say to drizzle it in AFTER you’ve ladled the soup into the bowl so you can’t go wrong there.

This homemade tomato soup has been spiced with garam masala, an Indian spice blend.. It's garnished with a lime zest yogurt sauce.

And there you have it. Homemade Tomato Soup, not from a can. It’s really easy. Sorry that I’ve taken NINE steps to tell you how to do it in the recipe. I was feeling thorough. I promise that it will take more effort to read the recipe than it will to make the soup.

It’s so easy that you’ll wonder why you ever bought it from a can in the first place!

For an easy 15-minute homemade tomato soup, be sure to also see my recipe for Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese and Bacon Croutons.

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese and Bacon Croutons - Get the recipe from CookTheStory.com

Now let’s make some homemade tomato soup!

Indian Spiced Tomato Soup with Lime Zested Yogurt Cream

Why make tomato soup from a can when you can whip up this easy homemade version with your own innovative twists? It's low in fat and you control the salt. And it tastes better than the canned stuff too! This version has a bit of garam masala in the soup. I then drizzled in some a lime and yogurt mixture (recipe below) after the soup was ladled into bowls. But the beautiful thing about tomato soup is that you can add all kinds of different things and make it just right for you. Try my recipe or omit the garam masala and add a different spice blend instead.


  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 fat garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2-28 ounce cans plum tomatoes and their juice
  • salt
  • 1 cup (and possibly more) chicken broth, vegetable broth or water
  • sugar

For the Yogurt Cream

  • 1/3 cup full fat yogurt , such as Stonyfields Organic
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons water


  1. In a medium-sized sauce pan warm the vegetable oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and let them get soft, about 5-7 minutes. Before the onions start getting a tan, add the garlic and the garam masala. Stir and cook for 30 seconds. Add the plum tomatoes and their juice.
  2. Pour the broth into one of the plum tomato cans and swish it around to dislodge any of the tomato juices stuck to the sides. Then pour it into the other can and do the same, finally pouring it into the pot with the tomatoes. Add 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir. Increase the heat to high and let it get busy and bubbly.
  3. Turn the heat down to low. Cover the pot and let everything relax together for 10 minutes.
  4. Taste the liquid. If you're not getting a sweet summery tomato taste, add some sugar (no more than 1 teaspoon though or else it will start to taste like weird Indian Spiced Tomato Candy). Stir. Partially cover the pot and let it simmer for another 10-20 minutes (20 is better but if you only give it 10, that's fine too).
  5. Pour the soup into a blender. Put the lid on the blender but make sure that you leave out the middle of the lid and put a tea towel over top. Otherwise the heat and steam from the soup will cause a hot disaster. Blend it up!
    Taste it again. Add more salt and possibly more sugar if needed. Blend.
  6. At this point you can decide that the soup is perfect the way it is. Or, you can thin it with a bit more broth. Or, if you want a really smooth texture (which will already have been obtained by some high speed blenders,  you can strain the soup into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve. The latter is what I did for the soup pictured above. It may take a while to stir everything in the sieve to get it all to go through, but the result is really smooth and lovely. Also, you can totally use the stuff left in your sieve as something of a tomato paste. Freeze it and add it to pasta sauces, other soups, stews or toss with cooked veggies.

Make the Lime Zested Yogurt Cream

  1. In a small bowl, combine everything except the water. Mix the water in a little bit at a time until the sauce is thin enough for it to drizzle off the end of your spoon.
  2. Ladle soup into bowls. Dribble in about 1 tablespoon of the Lime Zested Yogurt Cream.
  3. For the pretty effect in the picture, I just added drops of it off of a spoon, equally spaced around the bowl. Then I dragged a toothpick in a circle that went through each drop. A final drop in the middle and a drag of the toothpick and Ta da!

4 Responses to “Spiced Homemade Tomato Soup with Lime Yogurt Sauce”

  1. Katerina — January 31, 2013 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    Nothing is more appropriate during winter than a bowl of warm soup to comfort your soul! This one with the Indian spices is perfect for the cold days we are having!

  2. a farmer in the dell — January 28, 2013 @ 4:09 pm (#)

    I love a good bowl of tomato soup. This recipe sounds fantastic!

  3. Jen — January 28, 2013 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    That is SO funny! I just finished photographing tomato soup for a blog post, and man is it hard to make a bowl of tomato soup look good!

    • Christine Pittman — January 28, 2013 @ 7:56 pm (#)

      Seriously, I know. But in the end I fell in love with this picture. Sadly foodgawker isn’t a fan. I’m going to put another picture in the post that is less…ummm…bright and exposed (which is totally what I love about it, so white) and resubmit to see.

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