Recently as part of the MAITRI friendship chain, the very sweet Swapna of Simple Vegetarian Recipes sent me a much-anticipated parcel. Lo and behold! Swapna made my day with a very sweet card and a really cute gift… check it out!
Of course, the parcel also contained the mystery ingredient tangy Black Salt or Kala Namak. I had so much fun thinking up of recipes to concoct with the kala namak. So at the end of it all I give you this simple and absolutely refreshing chilled cucumber soup.
Swapna.. I'm so glad I was matched with you! Thank you for the lovely parcel. Priya and Reshmi, your efforts at thinking up of this delicious idea of a friendship chain and bringing it to life are much appreciated!
This recipe also goes out to my friend KK for his request on 5-minute healthy recipes… I hope you like this one!
What You Need:
1 Large Cucumber - diced and deseeded (or 2 Small Cucumbers)
2 Scallions / Green Onions / Spring Onions – Chopped
Juice of Half a Lemon or 1 Small Lemon
1 Garlic Clove – Smashed
2 Cups Yoghurt
1 Scant Teaspoon Black Salt/ Kala Namak
Salt to Taste
White Pepper to Taste
Chopped Tomato, Mint, Freshly Roasted Cumin Powder
Getting Down to Business:
Blend all the ingredients till smooth. If desired you can strain the soup for a smoother consistency.
Let the soup chill in the refrigerator. This will also help the flavors settle.
Garnish with either chopped tomatoes or mint and roasted cumin powder.
If you are feeling bold, throw in some green chili for heat. To take the heat factor down a notch, you could deseed the chili.
For a smoother, richer soup you could also add in cream or sour cream.
I used non-fat yoghurt to cut down the calories.