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Curried Cucumber-Buttermilk Soup

An unusual accompaniment to this soup would be the flat Indian bread poppadums, available at Indian groceries.

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An unusual accompaniment to this soup would be the flat Indian bread poppadums, available at Indian groceries.

Servings
4

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 4 scallions, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 2 medium-sized cucumbers, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/4 cup chutney for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts for garnish

Preparation

Heat oil in large soup pot over medium heat. Add scallions, garlic and red bell pepper, and sauté until very soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in coriander, turmeric, cumin, pepper and coconut, and cook, stirring, until spices become fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in cucumbers and salt, and cover. Reduce heat to low, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cucumbers wilted. Remove from heat, and let cool.

Stir in yogurt, buttermilk and fresh coriander. Cover, and refrigerate until completely cool.

To serve, ladle soup into four bowls, and top each with spoonful of chutney and sprinkling of peanuts.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 290
  • Carbohydrate Content 29 g
  • Cholesterol Content 5 mg
  • Fat Content 16 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 11 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Sodium Content 790 mg
  • Sugar Content 22 g