Gazpacho Or Cold Soup 

Gazpacho 

In this hot weather we want some no cook dishes, right? 😀

Yes we enjoy smoothies, cooler, mojito and different types of fruit juice and mocktails in this season. 

Now what about some refreshing  chilled, yummy and healthy soup made of raw vegetables and fruits. Nothing is better than a bowl of gazpacho in summer. Some crisp toast and a bowl of chilled no cook soup, perfect dinner for summer. 

Gazpacho is a Spanish cold soup made of raw vegetables.

You can get one more cold soup recipe here.

Our this week’s 91st #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #20minutes recipes. My contribution is this chilled, refreshing, healthy and yummy gazpacho. 

If you have all the ingredients in your pantry  you can make it in a jiffy. Just chop and blend. Keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled or add some ice cubes. 

Instead of sugar I have used grapes and watermelon. Fruits made the soup delicious and healthy. And both are easily available in this season. I have used almonds to give a creamy texture. 



Recipe 



Chopped tomatoes – 3 cup 

Cucumber – 1 small peeled and chopped 

Onion – 1 small chopped 

Garlic – 1 clove chopped 

Capsicum – 1 small chopped 

Seedless watermelon cubes – 1/4 cup 

Grapes – 1/4 cup

Chopped cilantro – 1/4 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice  – 2 tablespoon 

Almonds – 1/4 cup soaked and peeled 

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon, optional 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Chopped tomato, cucumber, onion and cilantro for garnishing



Method 


Taste the chopped cucumber. It shouldn’t be bitter. 

Combine all the ingredients. Blend in a mixer grinder. 

I have made it smooth but you can keep it little coarse if you like. 

I have used vinegar, you can use lemon juice too if you don’t like vinegar. 

Taste and adjust salt, pepper and vinegar or lemon juice if require. Drizzle olive oil. I didn’t. 

Garnish with chopped cilantro, tomato, cucumber and lemon wedges. 

Keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. Or you can add some ice cubes if you want to serve it immediately. 

Serve with crisp toast. 

Enjoy the delicious, refreshing and chilled gazpacho or cold soup.

Khajur Gur Or Date Palm Jaggery Oats Dry Fruits Cookies 


Khajur gur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies.

A totally guilt free healthy cookie for you and your kids to munch and enjoy the delightful taste. Taste of dry fruits and aroma of date palm jaggery or khajur gur/nolen gur makes the cookies heavenly.

Khajur/Khejur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery derived  from the sap of date palm tree. Which is collected and cooked for long time and then cool to solidify.

Its famous in Bengal. Well known as patali gur used in many desserts in winter like nolen gur rasgulla, sandesh, paesh or kheer and many more. All are lip-smacking dishes.These delicacies makes my Kolkata visit in winter more enjoyable 🙂

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is dried fruits.

I have made many desserts with date palm jaggery but never used it in cookies. Poush Sankranti or Makar Sankranti is around the corner. And we use this Jaggery in all the special delicacies on this auspicious occasion. Every year we make gokul pithe, paesh, patisapta, ranga aloor pithe, muger pithe etc on Maker Sankranti or Poush Parbon. I remember my mom spent whole day to make these delicacies. And for us it was a feasting day.

This time I have used this date palm jaggery in cookies for a change. And loved the aroma and taste. I have used homemade fresh butter in it. Wholewheat flour, oats, dry fruits and jaggery makes the cookies healthy too.

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur is the most nutrient rich variety of raw jaggery. Its loaded with vitamins and minerals and an excellent substitute for sugar. Sugar gives you only sweetness and contains no  nutrients.

Whereas jaggery is healthy and natural sweetener because its processed without any artificial or chemical ingredient. Iron rich jaggery increases hemoglobin level and treats anemia.

Recipe 


Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 & 1/2 cup

Butter – 1/2 cup

Jaggery or gur – 1/3 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Raisins – 1 tablespoon chopped

Cashew nuts – 3 tablespoon broken or chopped in small pieces

Almond – 2 tablespoon broken or chopped in small pieces.

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180°.

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

Sift flour, baking powder, soda and cardamom powder. If you want you can use all purpose flour/maida instead of wholewheat flour/atta.

Mix butter, grated jaggery and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Beat well. If you don’t have date palm jaggery, you can use traditional cane jaggery too.

Add dry ingredients and chopped dry fruits. You can use any dry fruits of your choice. My son love cashew nuts and don’t like raisins much. So I have used less raisins. Add as per your choice.
Make a semi stiff dough. If your dough is not stiff enough to roll keep the dough in refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes covered. Or if you feel its not smooth sprinkle little milk.

Roll It with the help of a rolling pin. Roll out into 1/4″ thick.  Cut with a cookie cutter. Use any shape of cookie cutter of your choice.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 7 – 8 minutes or until the edges becomes light brown. It will be soft in the middle and becomes crisp when cool.

I have turned upside down and bake for 2 – 3 minutes more to bring some colour on other side too.

Let the cookies cool down before serving.

Enjoy the crispy crunchy delicious khajur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery cookies.