Panera's New Tikka Masala Soup: A Light & Flavorful Twist You Need to Try!

Imagine having the delightful and iconic taste of Indian tikka masala and the refreshing and light feel of a soup. Look no further, as Panera has come up with the perfect blend in their new Tikka Masala Soup! I’m Thomas Smith, and I’ll be sharing my review of this soup that brings a fresh perspective on traditional Indian flavors.

Here’s my video review:

A Tomato-based, Vegetable-packed Experience

As opposed to the thick, buttery, and ghee-based texture of typical tikka masala dishes, Panera’s Tikka Masala Soup brings a lighter feel with its tomato base. This choice creates a soup that is more reminiscent of a minestrone, being tomato-heavy and full of vegetables.

The soup is packed with healthy ingredients like butternut squash, lentils, and brown rice, making it a nourishing and satisfying meal. It’s perfect for those who want to enjoy their favorite Indian flavors while keeping their meal light and healthy.

A Classic Indian Flavor Palette

Indian cuisine is known for its rich, complex flavors, and Panera’s Tikka Masala Soup does not disappoint. This soup incorporates the classic masala flavor while adding other elements like tamarind and coconut milk. The result is a delightful mix of savory and tangy notes that complement the soup’s tomato base.

This combination of flavors makes the soup exceptionally satisfying without feeling dense or overwhelming. It’s a great way to enjoy an Indian-inspired meal without the heaviness that can come with a traditional tikka masala dish.

Final Verdict: A Refreshing and Flavorful Choice

Panera’s Tikka Masala Soup has left a lasting impression on my palette, and I can confidently say that I will be going back for more. With its light and refreshing tomato base, nutritious vegetable ingredients, and the classic Indian spices that we all adore, it’s an ideal choice for a satisfying meal.

So the next time you are craving for some Indian flavors or simply looking for a light yet filling soup, I highly recommend trying Panera’s Tikka Masala Soup. It brings together the best aspects of Indian cuisine and a heartwarming soup for a truly unique and satisfying experience.

Key Takeaways

  • The soup has a tomato base and contains butternut squash, lentils, and brown rice
  • It has the classic flavors of masala, tamarind, and coconut milk
  • It has a light and refreshing flavor and is very vegetable and plant-centric
  • It has a strong tomato flavor with all the classic spices, but isn’t overwhelming
  • Thomas would definitely get it again


What type of soup is the new tikka masala from Panera?
A: The new tikka masala from Panera is a tomato-based soup with a lot of vegetables and classic Indian spices.
Q: What kind of flavor does the tikka masala soup have?
A: The tikka masala soup has a masala type of flavor, with tamarind, coconut milk, and tomato, giving it a light and refreshing taste.
Q: Does the soup have a thick consistency?
A: No, the soup has a light and refreshing consistency, similar to a minestrone.

Video Transcript

I’m Thomas Smith and this is a review of the new Tikka Masala Soup from Panera. So you can see here, this is not like a thick, buttery type of soup. It’s actually a tomato base for this Tikka Masala Soup. And it has a lot of vegetables in it – so butternut squash, it’s got lentils, and you got brown rice over the top.

And then it’s got this sort of classic Indian flavor. So you’ve got the masala type of flavor, but you’ve also got tamarind in there, you’ve got some coconut milk in there. And what you get is a soup that I would say is more like almost like a minestrone in terms of being very tomato heavy. And it’s very sort of vegetable and plant centric. Not again, that like thick kind of ghee based soup that you would get with a traditional Tikka Masala at a restaurant.

And I think that’s really nice. It means it’s very light, it feels very refreshing, and very healthy there as well. It’s not heavy in any way. And I think it’s really, really good. It’s got that nice strong tomato flavor. And you’ve got all the classic spices without having something that’s sort of dense and overwhelming.

I definitely will get this again.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.
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