One of our favorite restaurants is a North Denver staple, Cafe Brazil. It’s consistently good and always busy but not too busy. The first dish of theirs that I fell in love with was the chilled yogurt soup. It has mango, cucumber, red onions, and slices of serrano pepper. It’s such a unique flavor and the perfect palette perk to start your meal. I actually have no idea if this is an actual Brazilian soup or if it’s an original creation from the chef at Cafe Brazil. The internet offered no help. I’ll be asking next time I visit. I recreated this soup for the first time when I was visiting my sister because I knew she would love it. She went nuts over it and I hope you do, too.
chilled soup with mango, yogurt, and serrano peppers
serves 8 as a starter
1 cup of ripe mango, cut into chunks
1 small red onion, cut into four pieces and then sliced about 1/8 inch thick
1 seedless English cucumber
24 oz. plain, whole milk yogurt (not Greek style)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 serrano pepper, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt (I used Real Salt Brand)
fresh ground black pepper
Peel and slice your onion. Transfer to a bowl and pour in the red wine and white vinegar along with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt all of the sugar. Set aside to quick pickle for about 10-15 minutes. No need to peel your English cucumber. Slice it in half the long way and then slice into 1/8 thick half moons. Peel the mango and cut into chunks. The pre-sliced kind makes this easy. Thinly slice the serrano pepper and set aside.
Combine the 2 cups of yogurt and 1 cup of cold water into a deep bowl. Add the mango chunks. Use the immersion blender you bought to blend the yogurt, water, and mango. You could also just as easily use a blender. Blend. You want it mostly smooth with a few small chunks left over.
Add the sliced cucumber, half of the serrano pepper (leave the rest to garnish), about 1/2-1 teaspoon of salt, freshly ground black pepper and the quick-pickled red onion. Stir together. Let it sit in the fridge at least one hour before serving to let the flavors mingle and improve. Serve garnished with the serrano pepper slices and the fresh ground black pepper.