Grape Almond Gazpacho Soup

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The city is getting hotter and sweltering under heatwave for the past couple of weeks. Mid-days are bad with temperatures soaring as high as 34 deg C. I have considerably reduced on spice in food to relive the heat. Ceiling fan switches have been turned on after a long time and as we are reeling under the heat, we look forward to eating simple meals with low spices and masala. Kitchen affairs are more of salads, simple curries, vegetable stir-fries, soups, yogurt based meals and many of their likes. Though, I seldom make soups, but whenever I do, it's eaten steaming hot, spooned right off from the stove to the mouth! So I have never been able to capture them on my camera.

After a few doses of cookies and desserts, I am introducing soups on my blog for the first time. Bingo! Good way to go. This soup was my choice for the day from an array of soups, salads and desserts, picked from a cookery book by Radha Rao's 'Soups, Salads and Desserts', that don my bookshelf from past few weeks. A Grape Gazpacho. For the uninitiated, Gazpacho are cold soups commonly made with ingredients of bread, olive oil, water and garlic. Tomato Gazpacho are the most commonly known ones, but this one is a Grape Almond Gazpacho. I was curious! Not quite sure how this combination would work out. With grapes, almonds, garlic, olive oil, I was skeptical if it would really come well together!

Since grapes are in season, I thought it was a great idea to give it a try. Sit back and relish a cold soup, the best way to soothe the high temperatures and beat the heat.


Grape Almond Gazpacho

INGREDIENTS

1 cup green seedless grapes
1 cup diced bread pieces
4 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup blanched whole almonds
1 cup water
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar/lime juice
Salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Soak whole almonds in warm water for 15 minutes.

Wash and clean the green seedless grapes. Puree them in a blender till they are fine. Collect the pulp and the juice. Place the torn bread pieces in a bowl and pour the grape pulp and juice over it so that it absorbs it.

Combine blanched softened almonds (along with water) and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until nuts are finely ground. Add the bread along with grape juice and blitz again until bread is completely incorporated. Add the vinegar or lemon juice and olive oil and pulse until all is evenly incorporated. Add salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning as preferred.

Transfer the soup to a container and chill for an hour or more. Gazpacho is best served when cold. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with parsley/coriander and pepper. Serve cold.


Even as I was pouring the soups to their respective soup bowls, I sipped and enjoyed quite a lot of it directly from the jug! It was good enough not to last long! The soup has higher tones of garlic which I thoroughly loved. But, reduce a few garlic cloves if that's not your liking. I served these with bread croutons to complete the soup.

It's a simple aromatic soup made of juicy sweet grapes and nutty almonds, spiced with hints of garlic and pepper. Cool and soothing for a nice sunny day.


I am sending this over to Nithubala's event "Think Beyond the Usual - Fruits".

22 comments:

  1. Looks yummy! We have soup nights atleast 2-3 times a week and a cold soup like this sure appeals to me. Bookmarked!

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  2. That is a lovely bowl of comfort and healthy soup!Happy weekend!

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  3. Oh, I forgot to mention that the clicks are out of this world! Beautiful!

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  4. Happy weekend to you too Cool Lassi(e)!

    Thank you so much for those flattering compliments Madhuri!

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  5. really interesting recipe..new to me..

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  6. Novel recipe with grapes Mallika! I have never tried making a
    Gazpacho... sounds good, beautiful pics..

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  7. Yeah Preety, it was new and interesting to me too when I first came across it ;)

    Thanks Suma, I am yet to try Tomato Gazpacho. Summers would be the best time for these soups.

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  8. Oh the soup looks beautiful with some amazing pics as usual!

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  9. Hey Lovleen, the soup is not just beautiful, but delicious too ;)

    I shall make these again for u Deepz... :D

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  10. That is a gorgeous gazpacho! Perfect for the summertime!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  11. Thanks for the wishes..our blog turned 1..and above all loved this unusual yummy gazpacho..never thought of adding grapes in a soup...you are amazing..bookmarked..

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  12. Beautiful pics..looks awesome!!!

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  13. what an extremely unique recipe! not only have i never eaten grapes and almonds (and garlic) together, but combining them in a cold soup is even more interesting! wonderful post, m d!

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  14. Hi MnD. This is my first comment here, though I visited and started following ur blog since a few days.
    I love the gazpacho soup, perfect for summer and u have given it a nice twist with the grapes, I am trying to imagine the flavour...
    I hope we will interct more often.
    Pari

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  15. Croutons in my soup and I am ready to relish..It looks real good...

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  16. Gazpacho is a completely new dish to me. thnx fr the info and the wonderful recipe.

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  17. lovely recipe...just happened to land on your blog...wonderful collection...will be back soon.

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  18. Thanks for this recipe. I tried it a while ago, and it was nice.

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  19. Thanks for this recipe. I tried it a while ago, and it was nice.

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  20. I tried this soup and it came out good. Thanks for this recipe.

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