[Intro music] Chilled cucumber soup with coconut milk, a great refreshing soup perfect for summer as we are going to serve it cold, and the soup doesn’t require any cooking. Marvellous! To make the soup you will need cucumber, lime, salt and pepper, little bit of paprika, coriander leaves and coconut milk. The first step to make this soup is to peel and seed the cucumber.
Cut the ends off. Here I am using a nice little tool; it is called the finger peeler. Big cucumber. It’s just over 2 pounds. Then we are going to split the cucumber in 2 halves. Take a spoon and with the spoon, seeds of half cucumbers. Just push it down like that. So just hold here, right, remove here. So before slicing the cucumber, I am going to reserve a part in order to dice it later on to garnish. Slice the cucumber coarsely. And place them in the colander. To the cucumber, we are going to add about a teaspoon of salt, level and sprinkle it over the cucumber slices. And then mix well. So the salt is going to add acidity to the cucumber slices and that will help to drain the water out. This is why you have to place a bowl underneath to collect the water. let it drain for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, we are going to continue the recipe. Dice the cucumber. So, cut the cucumber in slices. Alright. Then in little stick, and finally in small cubes. This cut is called little Brunoise in French vegetable cuts. Alright. Reserve the garnish in the fridge. Let’s pick up the limes. So zest 1 lime. I like it like that, to zest citrus like that, because all the oils are getting released and it smells wonderful. That will add lots of aromas to the soup. Almost there. Perfect. Pick up everything. Then cut the lime in half. And squeeze it. Alright. It’s been over an hour. We can see the water that been drained. As the cucumber are salted, so now it’s time to rinse them and pat dry them. Make sure the water is very cold and give a light rinse. Alright. We have a clean dry rag; place the cucumber on the rag. And rub them into the rag and just dry them out. Good. Now, it’s time to finish the soup. Place the cucumber slices into the blender along with the coconut milk, the lime juice. I am going to put two-third of the lime juice, just in case to control the acidity of the soup. The lime zest. The coriander leaves. And just process. On. Start. Taste the soup. Hmm. Spicy. I am going to put the rest of the lime juice.
And we are going to season with salt and pepper. Salt. And pepper. Good. Process again. Alright. Perfect. Now, chill the soup for about an hour into the fridge
and then we will serve it.
The soup is cold, so let’s plate it.
I am using glasses, and in France, we do lot of plating in transparent glass;
all kind of sizes and we call them verrine. And it is something very hit. Garnish the soup with cucumber cubes. Little bit of paprika powder. Alright. And a leaf of coriander. Chilled cucumber soup with coconut milk.