Wednesday, March 4
The perfect summer soup for hot days. Often described as a liquid salad, Gazpacho is a cold Spanish tomato-based raw vegetable soup. It descends from ancient Roman concoction based on a combination of stale bread, garlic, olive oil, salt, and vinegar and is widely consumed throughout Spain during the summer months, due to its refreshing qualities. For more info about this soup can check here.
Here’s a version that also uses red bell peppers, cucumber and onion. Its a very simple recipe that just takes a very little time. I made it when it was really hot here, and indeed it was refreshing. Quite different from the usual hot soups, isin't it??
For the soup:
3 fresh ripe tomatoes
1/2 cucumber,deseeded peeled and chopped
1 red onions, peeled and chopped
1/2 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ tbsp wine vinegar
1 heaped tsp fresh coriander leaves
1 heaped tsp of spring onions
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup water
Black pepper powder to taste
Salt to taste
For the garnish:
Cucumber, peeled and chopped finely
2 Spring onions, chopped finely
Add the tomotoes,cucumber, onions, garlic and pepper. Season with salt and black pepper powder.
And then add the herbs, oil ,lemon juice and wine vinegar. Blend together till its still coarse(partly puree).
Add a little cold water to thin the soup and pour into the bowl. Cover and chill thoroughly.
Garnish with cucumber pieces and chopped spring onions and serve chilled with hot crusty bread.
PS: I did added only 1tsp extra virgin olive oil, as i felt that would better suit my taste buds.
Insted of water better add tomato juice.
I'm sending this to SWC:Soups, (started by LG )
and to AFAM:Cucumber ,(started by maheswari ) ,which are going in my blog.