Chilled Avocado Soup

When looking for creamy, but nutritious cold soups, avocado is a likely candidate. When ripe, its texture stands true to its name - ‘butter fruit’. Loaded with good fats, fiber and potassium, but little sodium and no cholesterol, avocados are a part of sensible diet.

Frankly, I was not a big fan of avocado until recent times. Although I love the texture, the taste was too bland. I used to avoid guacamole at all costs for this sole reason. But now I know the trick. I like my guacamole spicy; really spicy. Add an extra green chilli and another squirt of lime juice, voilà, the discovery of one of my refrigerator staples.

Evidently, spicy guacamole is the inspiration for this soup. But beware, it is so darn addictive that this soup has become my indulgence these past few weeks. When prepared in advance, this makes for a good snack, anytime. This is ‘3’ in 1-in-3 – Cold Soups. Check out Cold cucumber almond soup, and Super red tomato soup in this series.

Chilled Avocado Soup
(serves 2)

Ingredients

Avocado – 2, big
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Shallots, leeks or red onion – ½ cup, chopped
Garlic – 2 cloves, smashed
Frozen fava beans or peas – ½ cup
Green chilli – 1 or 2
Better than bouillon – 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves – ½ cup, roughly chopped
Plain yogurt – 1 cup
Oil – 2 tsp
Salt
Pepper

Method

Scoop and dice the avocado flesh. In a saucepan, heat oil, lightly roast cumin seeds and sauté shallots, garlic and green chilli. When the shallots become transparent, add 1 cup of water with bouillon and bring to a boil. Switch off the stove, add avocado and fava beans to the pan. The fava beans will defrost in the residual heat, cooling the soup mixture simultaneously.

Once cooled completely, transfer the contents of the pan to a blender along with coriander leaves and yogurt. Grind to a smooth mixture, check for seasoning and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve cold with a dollop of yogurt and shredded onions.

Cold avocado soup served with pesto flatbread.

If you are looking for a quick fix, simply blend avocado with yogurt, coriander leaves, salt and red pepper flakes. Refrigerate and enjoy.

This is my entry to Maheswari's AFAM. This month's edition, hosted by Archana of Archana's Kitchen, features avocado.

21 comments:

Nags said...

i thought u wud have posted ur click entry but then again, this is a great recipe. TH loves soups and I haven't yet tried any cold ones. Not a fan of avocado though..

notyet100 said...

SOUP WITH PESTO BREAD LOOKS YUM,..STILL TO TRY COLD SOUPS,..NICE CLICKS TOO...

Priya said...

I have one avocado in my fridge that needs to be used up, I hope its still good, cos your soup sounds yummyy Sug

Cinnamon said...

The soup looks so rich and creamy... never tried avocado soup before... urs looks tempting!

Cham said...

The cold avocado soup sounds great to cool this summer days !Love avocado, ur soup is so tempting!

Vaishali said...

Fava beans and avocado: what a deliciously creamy combination.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

I am not so fond of avocado either.. but i guess this recipe will change my mind as well!! love the pic...

delhibelle said...

Chilled Avocado soup sounds hearty and refreshing.
Is that some pizza next to it, looks so delicious!

sunita said...

Beautiful soup, Sug...I too love cold soups and avocado has finally made it's way into our shopping trolley nowadays :-)

Mandira said...

stunning photos of soups suganya. I agree tomato is epitome of summer, but I associate tomato soup with winter... maybe because that's what I had growing up.

Deepa said...

wowowo suganya....amazing recipe and pictures..I have been looking for cold soups and u were right thr...I just love the way u present it...;-)) looking forward for MORE...its been a long time...shud catch up sometime..

Chandrika said...

Suganya, I am not a fan of avocados either..But i will try your soup..I made your tomato soup a couple of days back..It was extremely good...Thanks for sharing...

Mansi Desai said...

this looks great Sugs! but I can't seem to develop a taste for cold soups...have you ever tried this hot? I'd love to try a hot version...the ingredients sound inviting!:)

Sireesha said...

Soup looks awesome and mouthwatering....Gr8 pics....Still to try cold ones.....

ushaprashanth said...

Hi Suganya!
Avacado soup looks different! different color! Different recipe!

SMN said...

Hey Suganya i never had avacodo in any other form than the riped butterfruit which is the other name in India, mashed and with sugar hmm.. i love it and my collegues njoy wth port wine.

Shud try the soup now.. dont whether i will like it. Photos are really good.

Bharathy said...

Wow!..Soups!!..nourishing and healthy!
My better half is on a diet and I am really looking out for good soup recipes! :)

Though avocados are not available I can always give a shot to the tomato and cucumber soups!..
Thanks a ton for the recipes! :)

Pearlsofeast said...

I am die hard fan of avocado.This soup so tempting Suganya.I am sure its gona be addictive.

Jeanne said...

Mmmm, I love avocado, but have never been a huge fan of cold soups. In fact, I'm one of the few people I know who regularly makes a WARM avocado soup LOL! But yours sounds spicy and enticing - and gorgeous pics as always.

Andrew said...

Fantastic pictures. I love avocado soup. It remind me one one I came up with awhile ago. You might want to check it out:

http://www.raw-food-health.net/AvocadoSoup.html

Yasmeen said...

I tried this delicious soup,Suganya,it was so easy and super healthy too.thanks for the recipe:)

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