March 5, 2013

Cucumber Gazpacho | Chilled Cucumber Soup

The origin of Gazpacho is said to be the south of Spain, especially the Andulasian region. Gazpacho is traditionally a chilled soup, and made with raw tomatoes , chillies and yes, old bread !! Spanish cuisine and tomatoes have something like a never ending relationship and this soup is no different. However I guess as tastes evolved, the Gazpacho part remained (chilled raw soup) but Tomato got substituted with other veggies. Which is something I did today too. With Cucumbers. 

Its barely the beginning of March, but we are already experiencing very dry and harsh climate here! This chilled soup was just perfect for lunch time. I made some changes to the original recipe as I had run of out mint, but the end result was mindblowing ! I would definitely make this for my family again. and thanks to Valli I finally start exploring Salads and Soups under my blog's menu which was sorely wanting to be filled up with choices... Sending this to Day 3 of this week's BM theme of Soups and SaladsAlso to Priya's Healthy Me- Healthy Us event
The last 2 days saw me dishing out Cheesy Manchow Soup & Roasted BellPepper-Broccoli Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Prep time : 15 mins | No Cook, refrigeration time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Difficulty Level : Easy

For the soup:
Seedless Cucumbers - 1/2 cup
Medium Onion - 1/2 no
Garlic pod - 1 no
Serrano peppers or Jalapeno - 1/2 (deseeded)
Yoghurt / Curd - 1/2 cup
Mint Leaves - 4 to 6 (I skipped this as I didnt have them)
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Bread slice - 1 (I used the thicker version) 
Salt - to taste
EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) - 1/2 TBSP
Cold water - 1/2 cup (I used 3 - 4 Ice Cubes)

For the Garnish:
Fresh Red chillies - cut into tiny pieces
Roasted garlic  - 1/2 tsp
Roasted Broccoli (optional - but I love to use my fav veggie) - cut into bits - 1 TBSP
Croutons - few 

Method:
Pulse all the ingredients of the soup with 1/2 of the Cold water. Wait for a min and again grind till very smooth, about 2 - 3 mins. Add water as necessary till you get the desired consistency
Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 30 mins atleast till well chilled.
Serve in bowls or cocktail glasses. Drizzle 1/4 tsp olive oil on top (or lemon oil). Place garnish on top and serve immediately.


Linking this to Archana’s Soups and Salads Kids Delight event , created by Srivalli.

28 comments:

  1. Love the colour of this soup,prefect for the hot summer.

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  2. ooh...it looks so rich and creamy Kalyani..am bookmarking this!

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  3. perfect for summer, i like the idea of adding jalapenos, it is better than the use of capsicum which are heavier to digest off late

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  4. Gazpacho is my favorite summer soup - I am sure your version with cucumber must be so refreshin!

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  5. Beautiful clicks Kalyani ....and really tempting soup, and ya must tell you I made the roasted pepper salad today and it turned out awesome.

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  6. This is very nice on those very hot summer days.. like the addition of Serrano peppers or Jalapeno to give it that kick!

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  7. So refreshing. I amy omit the raw garlci though, it's just me.

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  8. Until I tasted gazpacho, I never thought that cold soups were for me. Now, of course, I know differently. I like the way you've topped your soup with roasted veggies.

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  9. I love gazpacho soup.. I have tried it from Americas Test Kitchen book...
    Sowmya
    Ongoing Event - What is with my Cuppa
    Ongoing Event - HITS - Diabetic Friendly

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  10. Oh so pretty. Love the placement of the soup sticks. Brilliant.

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  11. This is the first time hearing about cold soup. Need to try.

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  12. Wow, is that it! Really! Such a simple and easy recipe and perfrect for the ever-increasing heat!

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  13. I always thought Gazpacho was cold cucumber soup, never knew about the tomato part :D. Thanks for enlightening me :D.

    The soup looks good and would be perfect for summer.

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  14. That looks cool. :)We just had a winter storm yesterday and I guess have to wait another 3 months to try it out. :)

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  15. Never tried gazpacho myself with the fear that we wouldn't like the raw veggie taste. May be I'll give this a try soon.

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  16. Never tried cold soups before. The soup looks very nice with those veggie topping...

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  17. Never tried cold soups before. The soup looks very nice with those veggie topping...

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  18. Wow a simple and easy soup. Never tried a cold soup. Sound delicious

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  19. so easy to make soup!!! Bookmarking!!! would definitely come handy, summer is here!!! :)

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  20. so easy to make soup!!! Bookmarking!!! would definitely come handy, summer is here!!! :)

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  21. Cold soup?? Never tried that..You have totally topsy-turvyed my notion of 'soups always need to be consumed while hot' :)

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  22. Absolutely love this soup. Please do send it to my "Healthy Me & Healthy Us" event. Please do read the event rules :)

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  23. Perfect soup for the summer! What a beautiful color :)

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  24. Mind blowing colour of this soup. Healthy and rich creamy.....

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  25. Such an easy recipe! Its defenitely a visual treat.

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Kalyani

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