Tomato Souffle

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Tomato Souffle

How are you? It’s been sometime right….I was a bit busy over the past few days. Now I’m getting back to my usual lazy routine ;)

About this recipe….let me tell you something, I always associated the word “souffle” with sweet puddings. Pineapple souffle is one of the dessert that makes a frequent appearance in party menu back home. When I saw this recipe in AWW ( I’m a big fan of their recipes) I was a bit curious to find out how it tastes like. I’ve never tasted a savoury souffle before. I looked at the recipe and it was an easy one. The only ingredient that I didnt have at home was tomato paste, rest is the normal everyday stuff that I use.

So one of those days when I wasnt in a mood to make choru (rice) n curry, I decided to experiment. I was pretty sure that Jose will like it, because he is a fan of anything that has eggs n cheese. But let me be honest, when I gave this to Jose initially, I had to assure him ‘n’ number of times that it tastes nice. Towards the end he was complaining that I didnt make enough, now how’s that :)??

If you have all the ingredients ready, then it takes no time to whip this up. We had it as a main meal with some toasted garlic bread. It was a welcome change from our usual Kerala lunch menu….

Check out the tomato souffle made by BharathySwapna’s Tomato SouffleFaiza’s Tomato Souffle based on the above recipe, for the Sweet punch challenge. Thanks a lot Bharathy, Swapna & Faiza :)

 

Tomato Souffle
Recipe type: Main Dish
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • Bread crumbs – ½ cup, firmly packed
  • Butter – 45 gm (refer healthier version)Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Plain flour (maida) – 2 tbsp
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Tomato paste – 3 tbspBasil – 1 tbsp, finely chopped (optional)
  • Eggs – 3, separated
  • Grated Cheese – a handful (I used mozzarella)
Instructions
  1. Grease 4 souffle dishes (1/2 cup capacity), sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Melt butter in small saucepan, add finely chopped onion. Stir over low heat for 2 mins ( or MW on HIGH for about 2 mins). Cook until onion is soft, it doesn’t have to become brown. Stir in flour and stir over medium heat for a minute. (or MW on HIGH for a min). Remove from heat, gradually stir in milk, bring back to heat and stir over high heat until mixture boils & thickens & reaches a thick sauce like consistency. (or MW on HIGH for about 3 mins).
  2. Transfer to large bowl, stir in tomato paste & basil leaves. Cover the dish & let it stand for 5 mins. Beat egg whites in a small bowl until soft peaks from. Add egg yolks to the onion & milk mixture & mix well. Fold the egg whites into the mixture in 2 batches. Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared dishes. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top. Bake in the preheated oven for 20- 25 mins or until lightly browned. Serves 4.
  3. Healthier version:
  4. use brown bread crumbs & low fat milk. Also use yolks of only 2 eggs & white of 3 eggs. Use only lesser qty of butter, I used only 15 gms of butter.
Notes
The above qty serves 2 adults (main course) served with garlic bread or soup. You can use any oven safe dish to prepare this. The consistency  of this dish is more like a pudding. I didnt have basil with me, so I didnt add. The original recipe doesnt add any spices, but you can add crushed pepper while cooking onion, if you wish. I used Al Marai brand milk and Mozarella cheese Substitute for tomato paste: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/312148

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  • Bindu Joseph

    Hey Maria

    This looks delicious .. gotta try it out soon …

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Bindu,

      Thank you :) Did you get a chance to try this? Hope you liked it…

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Bindu Joseph

        Hi Maria

        I just made this half an hour back … it came out sooooo well … and I just couldn’t help digging into it … its DELICIOUS .. and sooo light … am feeling so glad … i made it ..
        The only thing is “I feel” … that it has to be made 5-10 minutes before serving, ’cause it had fluffed up so well .. and now after 40 minutes … its gone down a bit .. taste is still fab. no doubt on that … (am waiting for my husband and kid to come for lunch).
        And also I wanted to ask u .. that should we fill the batter till the brim ?? I did it like that .. and it came out a bit … but it looked beautiful … Thanks a ton Maria …

        • Bindu Joseph

          Hi Maria

          Three cheers for Tomato Souffle … My Husband and kid loved it …

        • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

          Hi Bindu,

          I’m so glad dear that you n your family liked it very much. I think it’s better not to fill up to the brim, because once its done, it tends to rise. Also, it’s ideal to serve it straight out of the oven, for taste n appearance sake.

          Thank you so much fro trying this and also for leaving a comment here :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • http://www.cookingwithkairalisisters.com Suji

    Wow..even i had a strong feeling that souffle is associated only with desserts..I am sure to try this one Maria..Looks delish!!!

  • shruthi

    hey maria..did u try tht dosa mix with bread??anywyz i tried a somewhat similar one like this receipe but with rice as the first layer and it came out gud!
    also maria suggst me a simple cup cake receipe of yours becoz i hv tried mst of your cakes and all f them hav cum out gud!
    thanx maria god bless!

  • ceena

    looks delicious ………
    and not so complicated as well
    Will definitely try sometime

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Ceena,

      Thank you :) Yep, its not complicated at all. Please do try it and see..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://yummyoyummy.blogspot.com Yummy Team

    This looks super-yummy..Sounds really easy to prepare too..Will surely try it soon..

  • Siji

    i made this today
    It was good
    but the inside didnt resemble the same as the pic
    it was like a scrambled egg
    have i made it wrong

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Siji,

      Thank you for trying this.

      I’m not sure why the inside was like that, however I’m guessing the following reasons:

      1. The egg whites werent beaten well, beaten egg whites should form a soft peak and it should not be watery at all.

      2. The beaten egg whites werent folded in correctly. You have to fold in the egg whites in such a way, that no more white streaks of egg whites are visible.

      3. May be it was undercooked. Though I’ve mentioned 20-25 mins, the baking time may vary for diff ovens and it also depends on the size of the baking dish.

      If you have done correctly the above 3 steps and yet the consistency wasnt correct, I’m sorry… I’m clueless why it happened :(

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Siji

    hi
    s maria i think
    i made a mistake with egg whites
    as i am new to baking
    i had a doubt abt the consistency of the egg whites
    i used a fork to beat them and it was watery
    i think that was the problem
    anyways thank u
    ill try to improvise the recipe
    ur blog is such a treat for learners
    GOOD JOB

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Siji,

      I guess that’s the reason…next time try beating egg whites till it forms a soft peak. Do a google serach for egg white soft peak images and you can see the consistency. Hope it comes out well next time.

      It’s great to know that you fins this space helpful & thanks again :)

      All the best!!

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Thanks Suji & Yummy Team :)

  • http://n33ma-recipeswap.blogspot.com/ n33ma

    wow this looks amazing,sure it was a nice break from the routine food.Tomorrow Im going to make corriander chicken from your blog,will let ypu know how it turned out.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks n33ma :)

      Did you try the coriander chicken curry? Hope you liked it…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.swapnascuisine.blogspot.com/ Swapna

    Hey Maria,
    Made this today for the sweet punch…loved it…pls check when you get time…

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Swapna,

      Thanks dear for selecting this recipe and I’m happy that it came out well for you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://faizaali.blogspot.com/ Faiza Ali

    Hi Maria,
    I baked this Tomato Souffle twice within a month :) I have posted it on my blog today. Thank you dear for the recipe.

  • Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth

    Hi Maria, Tried this…But made a big blunder. Used blanched pureed tomatoes instead of tomato paste. I initially thought it would become alright after baking but was a little bland. I had added oregano just for flavour also. The texture of the souffle came perfect though. Also one more thing, it felt the bread crumbs base was too much or it because the dish required more baking time? thanks..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Gayathri,

      Thanks for trying this recipe. In this particular recipe, you need to use tomato paste itself for the flavor, dont worry, next time you can do that :)

      If you felt the bread crumbs base was too much, you can reduce the qty. The baking time of the souffle mainly depends on how much the tomato part is cooked, bread crumbs doesnt have any role in that…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shilpag05

    Hey Maria, Is it possible to steam this dish instead of baking it? I have yet to purchase an oven, but the recipe looks so good !

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Shilpa,

      I’m sorry dear, I havent tried steaming it yet. However this souffle has the consistency of a steamed pudding. May be you can try it with a small qty and see whether it works.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Shilpa,

      I’m sorry dear, I havent tried steaming it yet. However this souffle has the consistency of a steamed pudding. May be you can try it with a small qty and see whether it works.

      Cheers
      Maria

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  • Deelight

    Maria, is tomato paste basically tomato ground in a moxie?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Deelight,

      I use store bought tomato paste for this recipe. It has a very thick consistency. I’m not sure its same as tomatoes ground in a mixie.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Afi

    Maria can u post the recipe for pineapple souffle?

  • ResH

    Hi Maria,

    Tried out this one last night for dinner..it was yummmmmm….Even my one year old son loved it…:) :) :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Resh :) Great to know that souffle was liked by your family.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • ResH

    Hey Maria…Last week we were having some guests at our place and I wanted to make something different and easy to make…so tried out this one again…And your recipes have never turned me down…everyone liked it a lot….This time I wanted to take a pic of the souffle…but my hubby darling was so impatient that he attacked on the dish before I could take a proper pic…I had to shoo him away to take a pic finally..heheh…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Resh,

      Thanks for reminding me about this recipe, I actually kinda forgot about it ;)

      Great to know that it was appreciated by your guests!

      Cheers
      Maria