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Fennel and Tomato Shorba

Fennel and Tomato Soup

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 20 mins
Fennel and Tomato Shorba

A really lively tomato soup thats touched with the aromatics of fennel

Hari says

Shorba are north Indian soups which are really simple to make. The spicy shorba originates from Mughlai cuisine and generally tend to be very watery (a bit like a consommé) rather than a thick soup, but are jam packed full of spice and lots of flavour. I have cooked this tomato and fennel one more like a soup than a shorba, in that I have left it slightly thicker, but if you want to be more authentic you just need to add more water and put it through a sieve. I think the fennel works really beautifully with the tang of the tomatoes. It will have you zingy and ready to go, would love to hear what you think of this one.


  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp fennel
  • 5 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 400g ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 750ml water
  • 1 tsp fennel, roasted and roughly crushed for the garnish


  1. Heat oil and add the fennel seeds, when they sizzle add the garlic and cook until it starts to brown.
  2. Throw in the whole green chillies and the salt.
  3. Add the chopped toms and increase the heat to start them cooking.
  4. Pour in 1L of water and bring to a boil then add in the coriander stalks.
  5. Leave it to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Blitz with a hand blender. To get the authentic watery soup push it through a sieve. 
  7. Return to the stove for 5 minutes then pour into serving bowls or cups.
  8. Sprinkle with roasted fennel serve.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)7
of which saturates (g)1
Carbohydrates (g)6
of which sugars (g)3
Fibre (g)2
Protein (g)1
Salt (mg)577
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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