Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gazpacho

Past two weeks, the weather has completely changed in Bay area. I was pondering if it is summer season ending or starting! The temperature reached almost 100 F in some part of Bay last Saturday.
The whole house transformed into hot oven. With the heat wave who dare to stand in the kitchen and prepare a full meal? I just relay to my cold buttermilk and a simple curry for few days. But again got bored and want to skip for a cold soup!
I wanted to prepare something fulfilling and NO cooking involved! I remembered vaguely the taste of Gazpacho that I had many years ago in Europe.
Gaspacho needs some riped juicy tomatoes which is perfect! As this year, i had a bumper juicy tomato crop and some varieties of chillies.
Gazpacho referred to cold Spanish soup but the history says it is a liquid salad, made with fresh tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and vinegar, slate bread. It is hearty and satisfying soup for a hot summer days. Most important thing, you don’t need to switch on your stove. The recipe has been adapted here but changed according my taste. I omitted vinegar and oil (it might be the key ingredients but taste really good without it). Prepare ahead and refrigerate the soup!



Gazpacho
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Ingredients:

Tomato:3 medium (Used a fully ripped one)
Cucumber: ½ seedless one or scrap the seed and use it
Red bell pepper: ½
Garlic: 1 clove
Cumin powder: ½ tsp
Bread: (used a slice bread – 2 slices)
Water: ½ cup or more
Jalepeno pepper: 1 (optional)
Salt: as per ur taste

Garnish: (optional)
Onion: ¼ diced
Cucumber: 1 tsp diced
Cilantro leaves: few
Black pepper: freshly ground.


Method:
Blend all the ingredients together. If u want to strain u can do it. But I skipped it. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. When you want to serve pour in bowl or cup, add some freshly ground black pepper, diced onion and diced cucumber. Enjoy the cold soup to cool your appetizing thirst.

Sending my soup salad to EC for WYF event (soup-salad-starter)

32 comments:

Suma Rajesh said...

this really looks satisfying cold soup. will try this soon. luved the presentation..

meeso said...

The recipe looks yummy, and this is the perfect thing to eat on such a hot day!

Divya Vikram said...

Yup..The weather was too bad last week here too..Better now..Havent heard of Gazpacho..Yet looks delicious

Rachel said...

perfect to cool one down on a hot summer day!

Sujatha said...

thats an awesome recipe, Cham! Sounds simple as well as healthy.. what more can I ask for? :)

aparna said...

Delicious and perfect. Will try it out soon.

LG said...

I am yet to try this cold soup..looks very appetising Cham..

jayasree said...

Hearing for the first time. Soup looks very appetizing and very easy to make.

Uma said...

we had bad weather too (102 last saturday). this is such a refreshing soup for the heat. Looks so colorful Cham.

Jayashree said...

Sounds just right for a hot summer's day.

Madhavi said...

Hey Cham,

Thanks for this recipe, I jus love gazpacho. Look mouth-drooling, and yummmm. perfect with Focaccia Bread.

BTW something waiting for u @ my blog, check it out :))

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

thatz a nice drink cham .. very refreshing N easy to make

Spices N Aroma said...

healthy n simple!! thanks for sharing it

Sireesha said...

That really looks satisfying ,simple and healthy.Its new for me..will try now......

Pearlsofeast said...

Sounds so good Cham,Bookmarhed.

easycrafts said...

Lovely colour of this soup...sounds interesting, thanks for participating

Priti said...

This looks very refreshing ..going to try this sometime...

Laavanya said...

Looks awesome Cham and I have all the ingredients but the weather outside isn't co-operating... we are in the 60s today so I'm actually planning to make Hot Tomato Soup.... :)

Usha said...

This looks awesome and refreshing,cannot wait to try this :)

sowmya said...

soup looks so delicious!!..good one!!

kamalagk said...

Never heard abt this Cham..But looks delicious and the color of the soup is so inviting.

Illatharasi said...

soup ... that too cold... good one... new for me, so need to try ;)

Vaishali said...

I love gazpacho! There's nothing like it on a hot summer's day. Nice recipe, Cham, and lovely picture too!

Archy said...

Healthy soup Cham !! Loved it !!

Cynthia said...

Looks very refreshing.

raaji said...

Perfect to beat the hot summer in Southern-Calif.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow refreshing summer drink. Nice entry to the event. Color looks gr8.

easycrafts said...

An award for u at http://simpleindianfood.blogspot.com/2008/09/dahi-batata-puri-events-and-awards.html...enjoy

Divya said...

Congrats on your new award ;)
Just sneaked into the previous comment!
Gazpacho eh? Looks great!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

That's really a kewl recipe!like your header!

karuna said...

i love gazpacho, looks yummy.
hey u have been tagged chk it out here
http://myluvforfood.blogspot.com/2008/09/its-been-long-time.html

Sunshinemom said...

Heard the name before but haven't tried it so far. I too might try this as the ing. are easily available! Hope the heat is better now!