Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Cold Avocado And Buttermilk Soup

One of my recent cookbook acquisitions is World Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey, which has some 650+ recipes from around the world.
With the hot weather we've been experiencing over the last couple of days, it seemed like the perfect time to make something light and refreshing. I flipped through the pages of my new cookbook and came across her recipe for a soup that did not require any cooking. Just the thing I was looking for!

Here's my version of the recipe.

For 3 servings
Ingredients:
2 cups buttermilk
3 green chillies, chopped
½ - 1 tsp freshly grated ginger paste
Juice of a lemon
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp cumin powder (prepared by dry roasting cumin seeds and grinding it using a mortar& pestle)
1 ripe avocado, chopped
Salt
Chives (for garnishing)

Method:
Throw all the ingredients together in the blender and process until smooth. Chill and serve.

We had this tangy soup along with a bean salad.

43 Burps:

Sangeeth said...

a different and a good recipe....

delhibelle said...

such a summery green colour! I love cold soups:)

Purnima said...

TBC, trust u to come up with recipes providing visual treat n tasting fab at the same time! Avacados n buttermilk..unusual combo!! :D Tooooo goooooood!

Rachel said...

Now that is what I call an easy fix soup..looks really creamy....nice

notyet100 said...

looks rtasty...

sunita said...

TBc, the soup loks very nice and creamy...love avocado :-)

Laavanya said...

How easy and refreshing :) I've read good things about this book from several blogs - must check it out.

Nupur said...

That soup looks very unusual and interesting!
So how do you like that cookbook?? It is one of my favorites.

Asha said...

Love Avocado, got to try the soup!:))

Happy cook said...

Delicious for a warm summer day.

Arundathi said...

Slurp-ilicious!

vegeyum said...

Wow, this sounds amazing. I love avocado. The chives on top look so fresh and good.

bhags said...

the place i live, the summer is yet to start...just waiting for it so that I can start making all these cool delicacies...the soup looks nice and cool

bee said...

you actually went through that fat book? we've had it for over a year now and have simply been staring at it.

Madhuram said...

Wow, it's such an innovative recipe. Hope to see more recipes from that book. Definitely good for summer.

Uma said...

Wow, that's a delicious soup, TBC! Lovely cup too.

mitr_bayarea said...

TBC-

Right on time for the summer, was wondering about what cold soups were out there. This will be made this week.

Vanamala said...

i have something spl on my blog
do check out

Anonymous said...

the soup looks delicious..but i can't seem to get over the fact you used a mortar and pestle :D for grinding stuff...kya ho gaya tujhe!!

Rajitha...(was too lazy to log in re)

Lisa said...

I have owned a copy of that cookbook for a few years now and it is one of my favorites. You may have noticed that I often refer to it on my blog. I've not tried this though, but I likely will this summer. Sounds perfect.

Red Chillies said...

Very cool recipe and a new way to use Avocado!

Nags said...

even i came across this book in the library the other day.. has some very interesting recipes

easycrafts said...

Interesting dish

Mishmash ! said...

your pics pops up right into my mouth :) Gorgeous ones and i loved your parmesan crisps....have seen this one earlier but using it as a salsa cup was quite a brilliant one :)

Cris said...

This looks lovely. Can I have it hot though? It's getting cold here :-)

TheCooker said...

I love such recipes which have basically one instruction. ...throw everything in the blender.
Looks so refreshing.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

That sounds really interesting and isn't something I would have thought of. Something about avocados always trips me up and gets me stuck in guacamole mode. This looks good!

mitr_bayarea said...

I tried this yesterday evening and it came out very well.

Vcuisine said...

Its different TBC. Viji

karuna said...

this is so simple and refreshing.must try it

Ash said...

Yummy :-)
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Kevin said...

An avocado soup sounds really interesting!

Friendly Stranger said...

Wow! Looks yummy!
(It's my lunch time and I'm already hungry and I must say that your recipe has multiplied my appetite!)
Happy blogging!

TBC said...

Sangeeth, Rashmi, Rachel, Notyet100, Sunita, Asha, Happy Cook, Arundathi, Vegeyum, Madhuram, Uma, Red Chillies, Nags, Easycrafts, Cris, Karuna, Kevin- thank you all for your sweet comments and words of encouragement.


Purnima- oh but it wasn't my idea at all. Madhur Jaffrey does have some good ones in her book.:D
thanks for the compliment though.:)

Laavanya- Can u believe that H picked it up for me on one of his trips?! and I thought he didn't care!;-)


Nupur- I have been going through a little bit of the book every day since I got it. It is a good book to have, and I hope to be using it very often. I was never much of a cookbook person, but my collection is slowly growing now.:D


Bhags- why wait for summer? Some things can be enjoyed anytime!:D


Bee- I am in the process of doing just that these days maybe 'coz it's new. But I do treat some of my older cookbooks the same way you have been treating this one.:D


Mitr- Thank you for the feedback!:D
I am glad you got a chance to try it.


Vanamala- thank you.:)


Rajitha- The M&P does make life a lot simpler! :D It is not possible to grind small quantities of anything especially dry ingredients in my regular blender(yeah, I use this for everything since I have not yet purchased one of those good Indian mixers.)
I just might do an entire post on mortar and pestle grinding just for ya! ;-)


Lisa- I can see why it is a favorite!:D It does have a fabulous collection of simple and tasty recipes and is written well too. I hope you do try out the soup.:D


Mishmash- thank you! that is indeed a compliment coming from you.:D
I am glad you liked the salsa in Parm cups.:)


TC- Me too! You are my kind of cooker!;-)


Mike- I know what you mean.:D
Thank you.


Viji- It is so nice to see you here! How have you been?


Ash- I loved some of your pics. What a visual treat! I will be stopping by more often.:D


Friendly stranger- welcome, and thanks for stopping by.:)

Latha Narasimhan said...

Very interesting recipe! :)) Simple too!

Usha said...

Wonderful idea I would love to try this soon !

TBC said...

Latha- It is nice to see you here. :)



Usha- Please do! and give me some feedback too.:)

Susan said...

Mmmmm...does that look good...and easy. A lot of people aren't keen for cold soups, but I beg to differ.

Sunshinemom said...

The soup looks too good!

Ranjani said...

This looks fabulous! I heart avacados, I need to give this a shot!

TBC said...

Susan- thank you. I'm not too crazy about cold soups either.:D
I liked this one though, coz it tastes so much like our lassi- a cool drink that is yogurt/buttermilk based.


Sunshinemom- thank you.:)



Ranjani- In all my years here, I've never given avocados a second look. That is slowly changing now.:)
Do try it! If u like lassis, this one's perfect for u.:D

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Mmmm that looks delicious and ... refreshing? in some way.

TBC said...

Sally, thanks for stopping by my blog.:D If that is a compliment (?), I'll take it.;D

I checked out your blog, but was unable to leave a comment. Don't know what the problem is.:-(
Love your attitude! Your story gives me hope...

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