International Cuisine, Soup

Grilled Tomato Gazpacho | Spanish Soup | Easy Soup Recipes

Inspiration
comes from so many unknown corners. I had happily cooked and scheduled a
different post for Alphabet S as part of the World Blogging Marathon. Till dear
husband presented me this wonderful all-veggie-recipe book by Ritu Dalmia.
Aptly called “Diva Green” it’s a treasure trove of vegetarian (some vegan)
recipes from across the world. More on the book review later…

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Wanting
to make the most of the present, the enthu-cook in me set out to hunt recipes
that would suit my larder and factor in a dash of health too. I have a thing for roasted /
Grilled stuff – bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli : the smoky earthiness that
wafts out is very comforting. Naturally, I was looking for something that would
be a meal by itself, considering I would be cooking it for an early brunch for
myself. I picked this really cool and yummy Grilled Tomato Gazpacho – a Spanish speciality soup. I had made a
cucumber gazpachoearlier, and we all loved it.

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     Wiki tells me : “Spanish cuisine is a way of preparing varied dishes, which is enriched by the
culinary contributions of the various regions that make up the country. It
is a cuisine influenced by the people who, throughout history, have conquered
the territory of that country. Therefore you have the following types of
cuisine within Spain itself, each drawing from local and cultural influences.  Andalucian,
Aragon, Asturain, Balearic, Basque, Canary Islands, Cantabria,  Castille and Leon, Catalonian, GAlican,
Madrid, Murciam, Navarre, Valencian”

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Andalusian cuisine is twofold: rural and coastal. Of all the Spanish regions, this region uses the most olive oil in its cuisine. The dish that has achieved the most international fame is Gazpacho. It is a kind of cold soup made with five vegetables, bread, vinegar, water, salt and olive oil. Other cold soups include: pulley, Zoque, salmorejo, etc.


My elder
kid is a huge fan of tomato soups, and I was hoping she would enjoy the chilled
version too. I followed the recipe to the T and served it along with some
roasted veggies and French garlic bread for a super filling supper.

If you
are fond of chilled soups, recommend this highly.  On my part, I loved it, and would be making
this very often, as well as dig out other gems from my latest cookbook !

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Country
: SpainDish : Grilled Tomato Gazpacho

Served : Roasted bread, Veggies on the side

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Prep time – 15 mins | cook time – 15 mins

Chilling time – min ½ hour

Serves : 4

Ingredients:

  • Ripe Tomatoes – 350 gm (about 5-6 large)
  • Red
    Pepper – ½ (deseeded)
  • Cucumber
    – ½ no (diced)
  • Onion –
    ½ – cubed
  • Garlic pods – 2 (minced)
  • Almonds
    (soaked) – 1 TBSP
  • Bread –
    2 slices, trimmed and coasrsely chopped
  • Salt
    & Pepper – to taste
  • Balsamic
    Vinegar – 1 TBSP
  • Olive Oil
    – 2 TBSP
  • Vegetable
    Stock – 3 cups

Garnish
:

  • Cream –
    1 TBSP
  • Dried
    herbs – ½ tsp

Served
with:

  • Herbed
    Potato Slices, Roasted Veggies and Toasted Bread

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Method:

  1. Pre heat oven to 200 C
  2. Place
    the whole tomatoes wrapped in foil and roast till the skin blisters (approx. 12-13
    mins – depending on how juicy the tomatoes are). Deskin, deseed and roughly
    chop the pulp.
  3. In a
    large bowl, combine all the veggies (cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers), bread
    chunks, vinegar, almond, stock, garlic and onions. Season with half the salt and
    pepper. Chill for 30-45 mins.
  4. Blitz
    the mixture in batches till you get a smooth puree. You may strain or serve as
    it is (chilled again before serving)
  5.  Garnish with
    cream and / or olive oil and serve with veggies on the side

Quick
tip to make roasted veggies
– I
wrapped a couple of bell peppers and potatoes along with the tomatoes. Once your soup is chilling, cut the veggies
into desired shapes, sauté for 1 min in 1 tsp of olive oil, cumin, a dash of
paprika and salt. Season the veggies with lime juice if desired and serve immediately
with warm toasted bread and chilled Gazpacho

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13 Comments

  1. Wow beautifully presented soup Kalyani..I love how you have plated the entire dish…

  2. Beautiful soup, gazpacho is my all time favourite, can guess the flavor of this grilled tomato soup.

  3. Varada's Kitchen

    Very nicely presented with the colors contrasting beautifully. Nice choice.

  4. MySpicyKitchen

    Beautiful presentation! Such an inviting soup and must have tasted great with grilled flavor of the veggies.

  5. vaishali sabnani

    Ah I have the same book and mine was a gift..wonderful book with great simple recipes.i like the way you have served it , it looks very inviting.

  6. Love the soup! And the garnish looks awesome!!

  7. Such a delicious looking gazpacho. Love your presentation.

  8. Gayathri Kumar

    The presentation looks very nice. I enjoyed all the soups and salads you served for this BM…

  9. Suma Gandlur

    Love the presentation with that garish of cream.

  10. Chef Mireille

    I love gazpacho although I usually make the spicier Mexican version

  11. The Pumpkin Farm

    i love to drink the gazpacho soup especially with pasta or noodles to follow…the pics look awesome here

  12. Deliciously plated Kalyani. I too made gazpacho and know its addictive.

  13. cookingwithsapana

    Gazpacho looks sinful and lovely presented.

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