The credit for this recipe is entirely to Sharan India. I followed the recipe on the Sharan website to the letter. To say that it tasted wonderful is an understatement.
My helpers at home stick to traditional Indian food (especially North Indian) in their homes. My driver, Madan Mishra, had therefore never tasted a soup. And neither did he have the inclination to do so. Until he started sampling the soups that Hari makes for me. And became an eternal convert. He is now so fond of soups that he has started introducing them to his whole family.
This gazpacho is one of his favourites. And I can well believe it. I too have fallen in love with this wonderful dish.
3 cups tomato juice (blanch the tomatoes and run through a blender, don’t sieve)
1-2 spring onions, minced
1 green capsicum, minced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 medium sized cucumber, diced
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried tarragon (I omitted this as I did not have any available)
1 tsp fresh minced basil
1/2 tsp ground cumin seeds (sabut jeera, jeeragam)
A dash of hot sauce (like tabasco)
Salt and pepper to taste
Blend all the ingredients together excpet 1/2 the diced cucumber, capsicum and spring onions
Use these to garnish the blended soup