Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cold Yogurt Cucumber Soup

cold cucumber soup


Yogurt and Cucumbers are two of my favorites on a hot summer's day. However, blended together with herbs and spices the duo makes a sensational soup that is extremely refreshing . Ordinarily, I am not a big fan of cold soup; I prefer my soup hot, but the temperature has been so ridiculously high and humid that I haven't felt like cooking. This easy soup was made in my blender, chilled for a minimum of 2 hours, and served ice cold. It really hits the spot on a 95 degree day.

I first heard of yogurt soup while I was visiting Turkey. Turkish Cacik soup ( prounoun ja-jik) is very tasty. Yogurt soup in general is very popular throughout the Middle Eastern countries. Each country has its own variation of yogurt soup. In Greece they add walnuts, in Egypt they add cumin,  in Lebanon they add grated almonds, and in Bulgaria they add fennel. Regardless of the variation, cold yogurt cucumber soup is an old recipe that has been enjoyed for generations in many hot countries.  It is simple to make, gluten free and a perfect addition to begin any summer meal.
small glass of cucumber soup
The red is grated radish
In addition to the wonderful food, we really enjoyed seeing the sites in Turkey.
Here are a few pictures from our trip to Turkey.

The famous Sohpia Hagia Mosque

spice market in Istanbul
A vendor inside the famous  Spice Market


One of many Beautiful Mosques througout Istanbul

Beautifully hand painted crafts in Istanbul 

Ingredients:

2 Persian cucumbers, grated and use the liquid too
1 Persian cucumber, chopped
1 cup of plain yogurt
1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup of fresh dill
1/4 cup of mint
1/2 clove of fresh garlic ( optional)
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon raw organic honey
Topping:
2 red radishes, grated
1/4 red onion, diced small

Directions:
Put everything in the blender except the topping and 1/2 of the grated cucumber. Whiz until well blended. Add 1/2 the grated cucumber to the mixture for some texture. Add the topping and chill for a minimum of 2 hours.

Are you a fan of cold soup? What kind do you like or  make?
Grates by hand in seconds- so easy
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17 comments:

  1. Looks delicious, I'll have to try this.

    Come and link up with us also for Travel Photo Mondays, it runs for the whole week!

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  2. Thanks for letting me know about Travel Photo Mondays. I'll go check it out..

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  3. Judee, thanks for sharing about the different countries and how they make a yogurt soup. I had no idea. I am not a cold soup lover either but I made a cucumber soup for a Kosher Connection recipe and we liked it. I can see why this is good. Thanks for sharing with My Meatless Mondays.

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  4. Hi, I found your blog through Meatless Mondays :)
    I love soup but I've never tried making soup with yogurt before! And it was interesting to read how different countries make yogurt soup. Thanks for sharing, I hope I get a chance to try this.

    - thinkgreenlovepurple
    thinkgreenlovepurple.blogspot.com

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  5. what is a Persian cucumber ? thank you

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  6. not certain you received my question asking what
    is a Persian cucumber ??

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    1. Sorry, I just got home. A Persian cucumber is a small cucumber that they usually sell in packages of 6. Most supermarkets carry them and so does Trader Joe's.They are a little skinnier than a Kirby. If you can't find them, use a regular cucumber- just 1 large one.

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  7. I've had/made cold dessert soup, but not a savory one. It's so hot here, I can understand the need for a cold soup. Sounds refreshing, actually with the mint and lemon! Thank you for linking up, Judee.

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  8. Looks great! And your pictures are beautiful.

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  9. This sounds like a wonderfuly refreshing soup. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  10. Your trip looked so interesting I love the colors of the tile and vases. Your recipe would be good with salmon too. Thank you for sharing it on our BBQ Block Party.

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  11. Looks delicious. I've never tried it so I've got to.
    Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    Angel @ sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

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  12. This looks delicious and I'm a big fan of cucumbers. I'm sharing this on my FB page this afternoon and on Google +.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday.

    A FFF co-host,
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

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  13. Hi Judee,
    If you don't mind could I just have a LARGE bowl of this soup, it is one of my favorites! Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  14. Thanks for sharing your refreshing soup at Souper Sundays this week. I love how cooling cucumber and yogurt is together. ;-)

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  15. I do like cold soup! This sounds so refreshing - what a lovely place to visit - gorgeous! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  16. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Miz Helen

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