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Gazpacho is a liquid salad from the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, made of ripe tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, garlic and bread moistened with water that is blended with olive oil, vinegar. Some may also include onion and served cold. It is Andalusia's best known dish and probably originated as a soup during the time when Spain was part of the Islamic world in the Middle Ages, a soup the Spanish call an ajo blanco, Which contained garlic,almonds, bread, olive oil,vinegar and salt.

Gazpacho is traditionally made in a mortar and the bread is ideal when it is about a week old. Gazpacho was traditionally eaten by workers in the fields of vineyards, olive plantations, citrus groves, wheat fields or cork farms. Originally gazpacho was nothing but bread, water, and olive oil, all pounded in a large wooden bowl called a dornillo. This soup is a way to cool off during the summer and to use available ingredients such as fresh vegetables and stale bread. There are many modern variations of gazpacho, often in different colors and omitting the tomatoes and bread in favor of avocados, cucumbers, parsley, watermelon, grapes, meat stock, seafood, and other ingredients. Gazpacho has become an almost generic term for chilled vegetable soup.

Here is the recipe of Gazpacho to cool of this summer heat with fresh raw veggies which is so healthy. Refrigerate atleast for overnight to enjoy the wonderful flavour.



Ripe tomato - 4 ( medium size)
Cucumber - 1 (short cucumbers chopped finely, reserve half for accompaniment)
Red pepper - 1 (small size chopped finely, reserve half for accompaniment)
Green pepper - 1(small size chopped finely, reserve half for accompaniment)
Garlic - 1 pod
Red onion - 1(small size chopped finely reserve half for accompaniment)
Red or white wine vinegar - 1/2 tbsp ( You can substitute with Balsamic vinegar or freshly squeezed lime juice to your taste)
Tomato paste - 2 tbsp( diluted with 1/2 cup of water)
Olive oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste


Red and green bell pepper - 1/2 the quantity that is already reserved
Onion - 1/2 chopped which is reserved
Cucumber - 1/2 chopped finely which is reserved
Spring onion - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Hard boiled eggs - 1 or 2 finely chopped
Bread roasted in Olive oil - 1 finely chopped and seasoned with salt and pepper
Mint, Basil or Coriander for garnishing - Your choice

Method :

1. Put a cross section in each tomato. Cover with boiling water for few minutes and then plunge into the cold water.
2. Peel the skin and deseed them.
3. Now in a blender blend the red, green bell pepper, cucumber, garlic, onion to coarse paste. Add the peeled tomato and give a nice whip.
4. Now transfer them to the bowl add the olive oil, vinegar or lime juice, Tomato paste which is diluted, salt and pepper.
5. Refrigerate this for at least 4 to 5 hrs or overnight.( It tastes good if it is refrigerated overnight)
6.Next day serve them in the bowl and add the accompaniments of your choice for topping. Garnish with your favourite herb.

Enjoy the cool cool soup for the hot summer !!!

Note :

1. You can use Avocado and finely chopped olives for accompaniment as well.

Rach  – (July 13, 2010 at 6:47 AM)  

really very nice, lovely presentation!

Christo Gonzales  – (July 13, 2010 at 6:51 AM)  

I absolutely love this post and the thoughtful presentation in every single photo.....

Menaga Sathia  – (July 13, 2010 at 7:05 AM)  

very nice soup & lovely presentation

Aruna Manikandan  – (July 13, 2010 at 7:24 AM)  

nice healthy soup dear....
lovely clicks :-)

Angie's Recipes  – (July 13, 2010 at 7:36 AM)  

Definitely the right soup for the summer!

Cool Lassi(e)  – (July 13, 2010 at 8:16 AM)  

Very colorful and a summery soup!

Vrinda  – (July 13, 2010 at 8:30 AM)  

very new to me...lov the ingredients in them,thanx for sharing...

Aps Kitchen  – (July 13, 2010 at 8:49 AM)  

M gona make it soon :) super presentation as always

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (July 13, 2010 at 8:58 AM)  

Lovely presentation as ever and a mouthwatering soup

Nithya  – (July 13, 2010 at 9:02 AM)  

Simply fantastic. Good to know new dishes from you Anni :) Will surely give it a try soon :)

Anuradha  – (July 13, 2010 at 9:21 AM)  

Oh wow!!! Lovely clicks and interesting recipe... What a nice way to Celebrate the victory of Spain in FIFA. Are you dedicating it to Mr.Octopus Paul???

Ash  – (July 13, 2010 at 9:24 AM)  

Superlative Degrees!!!!! Very tempting & healthy too....


Shama Nagarajan  – (July 13, 2010 at 9:24 AM)  

delicious superb soup with amazing pictures

Nitha  – (July 13, 2010 at 9:26 AM)  

Soup looks great and the clicks are fabulous..

Raks  – (July 13, 2010 at 9:35 AM)  

Beautiful clicks as usual,I love the veggi basket click very very much! Also the side view click of the glasses in row is also great!

Nice recipe too!

Suji  – (July 13, 2010 at 9:39 AM)  

Great soup and amazing clicks..

Kairali sisters

PJ  – (July 13, 2010 at 9:55 AM)  

yumm.. my favorite summer soup! looks so yummy and delicious. i could have it any day :)

Unknown  – (July 13, 2010 at 10:11 AM)  

Lovely presentation..Soup looks super yummy..

Suman Singh  – (July 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM)  

first time here..loving each and every dishes as I am scrolling down..oh...they all looks heavenly delicious...

Haddock  – (July 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM)  

using those tooth picks is a good idea.

Unknown  – (July 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM)  

your presentation has always mesmerized me. Beautiful. Please do sent it to my A.W.E.D. - Spain event.

kitchen queen  – (July 13, 2010 at 12:40 PM)  

yummy and healthy and delicious soup with lovely pictures.

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi  – (July 13, 2010 at 1:18 PM)  

great refreshing soup and awesome presentation.

Priya Suresh  – (July 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM)  

Beautiful and refreshing soup....looks awesome Pavi..

Neetz  – (July 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM)  

super yummyyy....i have not seen or heard of it..this makes me tempted to make one :)

GEETHA ACHAL  – (July 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM)  

Presentaion looks so nice...Lovely pics...Nice soup...

Anu Nandu  – (July 13, 2010 at 3:19 PM)  

Pavi - there is a way I browse your blog - I start on the top and inch down my all that you write and look at pictures slowly because I know they will make me ooh and aah...and every post of yours is a testament to that. This one's no different!

What a great way to use those shot glasses!

Love2cook Malaysia  – (July 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM)  

Dear Pavithra, U make me go ga-ga dear!!! Lovely shots...U've got such a patience, me not! Tempting soup..;)

Biren  – (July 13, 2010 at 9:22 PM)  

What a cool and refreshing soup for this time of the year.

Good to see another blogger from MN :)

Kanchan  – (July 13, 2010 at 11:48 PM)  

Lovely presentation ... though a very new cuisine just drooling over your snaps !

chef and her kitchen  – (July 14, 2010 at 12:09 AM)  

Very nice one dear...looks so yummy too...

Anu  – (July 14, 2010 at 12:35 AM)  

Yummy soup... Nice presentation...

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (July 14, 2010 at 12:39 AM)  

very wonderful presentation. cold soup sounds nice.Amazing cicks pavitra

Sushma Mallya  – (July 14, 2010 at 12:49 AM)  

Very interesting,and very lovely presentation pavithra...i really love your pics..

Suma Rowjee  – (July 14, 2010 at 4:07 AM)  

What a wholesome bowl of yummy soup here.. looks super!!

Sum Raj  – (July 14, 2010 at 6:17 AM)  

what a presentation..its superb..

Hamaree Rasoi  – (July 14, 2010 at 8:07 AM)  

This cold soup looks superb !! Lovely clicks as well. I liked the best in which the glasses are kept in a row.

Hamaree Rasoi

Sandhya Hariharan  – (July 14, 2010 at 10:01 AM)  

Well written Pavitra... Such a healthy and nice soup!

Vasavi Suresh  – (July 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM)  

Looks delicious. Shall definitely try. I always loved your presentation and photography

Pam  – (July 14, 2010 at 11:53 AM)  

Looks light and refreshing... great presentation.

RV @ Food for 7 Stages  – (July 14, 2010 at 1:14 PM)  

Gorgeous Presentation... I love the way the soup is being served in those cute little glasses. Soup looks super delicious.

Mythreyi Dilip  – (July 14, 2010 at 1:55 PM)  

One of my favorite cold soup, looks awesome:)

Treat and Trick  – (July 14, 2010 at 2:31 PM)  

What a great presentation, looks healthy and yummy dear...

Suganya  – (July 14, 2010 at 3:04 PM)  

Yummy looking soup... Nice recipe.... Want to grab 1 of those shot glasses right away... YUM!!!

My Kitchen Antics  – (July 15, 2010 at 5:27 AM)  

the pics look so darn cute...its absolutely soup weather here in London :(

Padmajha  – (July 15, 2010 at 8:08 AM)  

I was always wanted to try this soup.This one looks like a keeper.Sure to try it soon.delicious clicks Pavitra!!!

Vijay  – (July 18, 2010 at 6:55 AM)  

hi pavithra Hi have a wonderful blog...apart from visiting your blog.. i feel to drop a comment for you here at your blog...since you have a wonderful contents,,,really ..for a non native english speaking person like me...this blog helps to improve communication by reading the contents....

I would like to keep in touch with u as a blogger and also as a friend...

thank u...nice blog

Parita  – (July 18, 2010 at 7:17 AM)  

Love all the veggies gone into this soup, one of my favorites! Looks delicious!

Lajouels  – (July 19, 2010 at 2:17 AM)  

fantastic reciepe and presentation.

Finla  – (July 19, 2010 at 3:08 AM)  

I like tha tit is a refreshing shoup and love the crunch of vegg when you eat the soup, but have to say still warm soup is my fav than the cold soup even in summer? I am in love with all your pics.

SpicyTasty  – (July 19, 2010 at 10:35 AM)  

Awesome clicks!!! Love the way you've presented and yummy soup.

Malar Gandhi  – (July 19, 2010 at 11:42 AM)  

Beautiful job, looks all the ingredients gone in the soup...very refreshing and fulfilling meal:)

Vrinda  – (July 20, 2010 at 7:03 AM)  

Congrats Pavitra...nice post...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Suma Rowjee  – (July 22, 2010 at 1:14 AM)  

Congratulations!! Wish you many many more years of happy blogging!!

Di  – (August 12, 2010 at 12:16 PM)  

I love gazpacho, it's one of my all time favs. Your layout looks awesome!

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