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Cold Italian soup for a hot day
July 22, 2008

When it comes to simplicity nothing beats this soup recipe. While it may not be your traditional idea of soup -- a steaming hot bowl topped with a dollop of cream or butter and accompanied with bread sticks -- a bowl of this cold soup promises an unforgettable taste sure to tickle your tastebuds.

In our continuing series of recipes taken from Italian Khana, an Italian cookbook for the Indian kitchen, Ritu Dalmia, celebrated chef and owner of Diva, one of Delhi's finest Italian restaurants, reveals her best tips and shows you how to cook an authentic Italian dish.

Ritu will also answer reader queries, so scroll down to the bottom of the page to address your questions to her.

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This is a very simple yet stunning cold soup for a hot day. I love how such frugal ingredients can transform into something so delicious. I prefer loads of garlic in this soup, but you can decide how garlicky you want it -- it depends whether you are eating solo or with someone!



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Excerpted from Italian Khana, India's first Italian cookbook for the Indian kitchen, with permission from the publishers, Random House India. Ritu will also answer reader queries, so please address your questions to her in the QnA box below.

Photograph: Sephi Bergerson

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