Monday, September 22, 2014

Watermelon Gazpacho/Vegan Spanish Watermelon Soup ~~ Spanish Cuisine

Spanish cuisine, this cuisine is vast as much as like few European cuisine. I learned many Spanish special dishes only after coming here. Our most favourite is always their Seafood Paella and Gazpacho.Its not easy to explain Spanish cuisine in few words, but however writing an intro about this cuisine is much needed to kick start this post. If you are my follower, you would have noticed that am running a month of blogging marathon since almost three weeks with Around the World in 30days as theme in alphabetical order. After the Rwandan cuisine, today am taking you all to Spanish cuisine as i need to post a dish from the country name starts with 'S'. The basis of the history of Spanish food of course has to do with its geographical situation. First of all, the country is located on the Iberian peninsula and is therefore almost entirely surrounded by the waters. Naturally, due to this fortunate location, seafood forms one of the pillars of Spain's gastronomy and categorizes the country as having a Mediterranean diet. The rest of Spain is a diverse terrain made up of mountain ranges, lush pastures, fertile farmgrounds, extensive coastlines and more, which together provide quite the variety of fresh products. For example, Spain's famous hams are cured high in the mountains, vineyards and olive groves sprawl across expanses of land, and fresh fruits and vegetables hail from throughout the country.

Endless cultures, as they passed through or settled in Spain, have influenced the history of Spanish food. The Phoenicians left their sauces, the Greeks introduced Spain to the wonders of olive oil, and Romans, Carthaginians, and Jews integrated elements of their own cooking into that of Spain. However it was the Moors who, during their centuries of reign, most impacted Spanish gastronomy. They introduced fruits and light seasonings into the Iberian diet, as well as combinations of fruits and nuts with meats and fish. Rice, a staple of Spanish gastronomy and therefore Spain's vast array of rice dishes, come straight from the Moors, as does the use of saffron, cinnamon, and nutmeg. As you eat gazpacho on a hot summer day, thank this clearly gastronomically talented Moorish culture, as it too comes straight from them.

Gazpacho, Vegan Spanish Cold Soup, Watermelon Gazpacho

I picked a simple cold soup aka gazpacho from Andalusian cuisine of Spain, traditionally Gazpacho is prepared always with tomatoes,cucumber,stalebread, bellpepper and onion. But this watermelon gaspacho is definitely a summer friendly Spanish cold soup which goes of watermelon chunks instead of tomatoes. This watermelon gazpacho makes an excellent summer soup which can be enjoyed while the weather is super hot outside.This vegan cold soup makes a super filling lunch or dinner during summer. Watermelon gazpacho makes a super light, mildly sweet and fabulously aromatic cold soup. However this soup can be prepared quickly and have to be stored in fridge atleast for 2hours as this soup need to be served chilled.

Watermelon gazpacho, watermelon cold soup

Recipe source: Everyday Vegan

3cups Watermelon (cubed & deseeded)
1/2cup Cucumber (chopped)
1/4cup Green bell pepper (chopped)
1no White onion (chopped)
1tbsp Mint leaves (chopped)
1/2tbsp Lemon juice
2tsp Olive oil
1/4tsp Salt
1no Garlic clove (chopped)
1/2tsp Honey

Take the cubed watermelons, chopped cucumber, chopped green belle pepper, chopped onions, chopped mint, lemon juice, olive oil,salt, garlic clove, honey in a blender.

Blen everything until the mixture turns bit coarse soup.

Transfer this soup to a bowl, arrange in fridge for atleast 2hours.

Serve chilled.


Usha Rao said... Reply To This Comment

Watermelon gave this gazpacho a nice color and those specs of green are making it even more tempting.

Harini-Jaya R said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! A colorful and vibrant cold soup!

Varadas Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

What an interesting combination of ingredients! The soup looks lovely and I am sure it tasted great too.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

That's such a simple and fantastic recipe Priya..good choice for the country!

Hamaree Rasoi said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious and lovely looking soup. Wonderfully prepared, so colorful and mouthwatering.

Full Scoops said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely soup, looks delicious!

Veena Theagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

refreshing soup.. Perfect cooler for summer

Ruxana Gafoor said... Reply To This Comment

lovely color of the soup...innovative

Rafeeda AR said... Reply To This Comment

looks so refreshing...

Razina Javed said... Reply To This Comment

wow, watermelon could soup, lovely

Kalpana Sareesh said... Reply To This Comment

tats truly n yummy

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Reply To This Comment

Healthy the flavors

Nammi said... Reply To This Comment

looks refreshing. ... first time seeing water melon gaspacho ,I always see the tomato version

nandoos Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

wow! what a color! yumm..

Shweta Agrawal said... Reply To This Comment

wow...this is pretty nice:) Will surely this soon:)
do look at my blog:)

Jyothi Rajesh said... Reply To This Comment

I LOVE watermelon in any form. Watermelon gaspacho sounds very interesting! Definitely going to give it a try!

Manjula Bharath said... Reply To This Comment

I have tried watermelon gazpacho and this is such an refreshing cold soup :)looks very inviting and perfect for hot summer evening !!

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

I have yet to try these cold soups..the vibrant red is inviting me to do so.

Gita Jaishankar said... Reply To This Comment

Very interesting and colorful gazpacho Priya...this would be so perfect for the hot weather we have here :)

Rashida Shaikh said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely!!!one word is enough to describe the whole soup.

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

A refreshing soup for hot summer days.

Pavani N said... Reply To This Comment

What's not to like about this refreshing and colorful soup. Perfect for the warm summer weather

Archana Potdar said... Reply To This Comment

That's a delicious and yumm looking soup. I love this version too. Will make it this summer.

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

this would be so refreshing on a hot summer day

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

I have read so much about this soup in blogs but have never tried it. It looks so colourful and inviting...

Padmajha PJ said... Reply To This Comment

This soup is sure to be apt for the harsh summers here. Beautifully presented Priya...

Sapana Behl said... Reply To This Comment

Very nice and refreshing soup. Lovely pictures..