I had used green tomatoes often in salads, as they were familiar vegetables that grew in my mothers kitchen garden, ready to be plucked from the vine. The possibility of green tomatoes in other dishes struck me only when I came across ‘Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlestop Cafe.’ I enjoyed the movie and then subsequently the book, inspite of the dark overtones that creep into one murky chapter. At the end of the book there were some interesting recipes using Green Tomatoes, which caught my foodie fancy. From there to this Green Tomato Corn Soup with Turmeric and Lemongrass was easy.
I remembered the book when I came across a bag of fresh green tomatoes at Big Bazaar. I usually search out a couple of raw green tomatoes when selecting tomatoes at the store, to add to whichever salad I am making, but today I felt adventurous enough to make this delicious, aromatic Green Tomato Corn Soup with Turmeric and Lemongrass , flavoured with fresh lemon grass, ginger, basil and mint.
I had included lemongrass in my online order of Vegetables and what was delivered was this big green broomstick type sheaf of lemongrass. Since both the tomatoes and the lemongrass were wasting away in the fridge, I had to use my imagination to consume at least some. I put together 2 ripe red juicy tomatoes to 4 green tomatoes and a cup of shelled frozen corn. It was delicious, with the flavours complementing each other. My throat was a little sore and I felt a cold was coming on, so I added ginger and turmeric to the ingredients. Ginger and turmeric are my go to ingredients when my throat starts acting up.
Im not sure whether the lemongrass, oregano, basil and ginger are seasonings or whether they flavoured the soup. Wikipedia says that Larousse Gastronomique states that “to season and to flavour are not the same thing”, insisting that seasoning includes a large or small amount of salt being added to a preparation.” Be that as it may, the combination of herbs and spices gave a distinct and tangy taste to the soup.
Add a twist by drizzling Basil oil on the soup when you serve it.
Link to my Recipe for Easy Homemade Basil Oil
This Green Tomato Corn Soup with Turmeric and Lemongrass is an all season one (if you find the ingredients when tomatoes are not in season!). It is refreshing in warm weather, comfort food during the Indian Monsoon and perfectly right for chill weather.