Ashwini’s Cold Cucumber Soup and Spicy Bean Salad

Today was a long day . K and I were just running around to complete our weekly chores and helping a friend set up their new barbecue grill . The weather was sweltering hot and I staggered home with a splitting headache. I was adamant about not eating out. Dear K, made a good cuppa masala chai and I set to do the magic in my kitchen with a recipe from Ashwini of Food for Thought. Her blog has always been a sight to visit. Crisp writing and clean , simple pictures. I decided to kill two birds in one shot by sending this to MBP and also Your recipe rocks. I made a couple of changes to our liking and the result was a blast!

Thank you Ashwini for sharing such wonderful recipes. My food was really good to look at and fantastic to eat!

This month’s MBP is hosted by Raaga of The Singing Chef , originally conceived by Coffee of The Spice Cafe

Your Recipe Rocks is a weekly event started by Madhuram of Eggless Cooking

Coming to the recipes , Its getting harder to choose as everyone has so many interesting recipes that we want to try. I chose Ashwini’s blog this week and made her cold cucumber soup and Spicy Bean Salad, perfect for a sweltering hot day!


Cold Cucumber Soup with Spicy Bean Salad

Ingredients for the soup :

1 large cucumber, peeled

1 green onion (scallion), chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 green chilli, chopped (or omit)

1/4 cup plain yogurt

3-4 mint leaves

salt and chili powder to taste


1 Chop the cucumber , scallion, chili .Add salt and keep aside for about 20min.

2. Blend all the ingredients with some yogurt and chill in the refrigerator for atleast 2 hours and serve

(Chilling does make a lot of difference).

To garnish :

I made a red sweet pepper confetti for a splash of color


Chilled Cold Cucumber Soup

Ingredients for the salad :

1 cup kashmiri rajma

a handful of corn kernels

2 sweet red pepper, seeded and diced

1 small red onion, finely chopped
Dressing -

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp chaat masala

a pinch of red chili powder

salt to taste

Garnish with cilantro


I soaked the beans overnight to make rajma actually but was too tired to do so, I am glad I was , otherwise I couldn’t have tasted this lovely salad! I cooked them until tender .

2. Cooked the corn too, and added 2 sweet peppers, chat masala, some red onion , salt and chili powder , lemon juice . I omitted the olive oil completely. It was a fulfilling meal!


Spicy Bean Salad

20 thoughts on “Ashwini’s Cold Cucumber Soup and Spicy Bean Salad

  1. Ashwini says:

    Dee, I am relieved I didnt miss this post!! So glad you liked the dishes. Its been a long time since I made the soup and your post plus the sweltering heat has pushed me in the right direction. Thanks for your lovely words too.

  2. RedChillies says:

    Great selection and a very refreshing way to take on summer. Thank you very much for the warm comments that you left on my blog. I would like to say likewise to all your heart warming comments.

  3. Maheswari says:

    Guess that would be “the perfect match”.Both are looking delicious.Me too love to eat at home rather than going out on of my “headache” days…

  4. Siri says:

    Its hot for u..Lucky U!.. we have a Tornado warning here and we were almost ready to take shelter in our basement.. (we stay at a 3rd floor apt!)..

    the soup and the salad look refreshing Dee, and a special mention about the soup dish/bowl… its so cute..:)


  5. Archana says:

    Healthy salad, seeing this, I would like to invite you to the ONE DISH MEAL – Salad event that I am hosting. The details for the event is in my website. I would love for you to send a recipe across that fits in the rules. Thank you

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