Watermelon gazpacho with Nagabon chilli kick.

gaspacho with chiili kick
Following up a suburb group note I saw a family giving out beautiful aromatic Naga bon chillies. Fresh from their garden these peppers were so eye-catching I couldn’t resist asking if i could share a few. They were a beautiful young family and we were amazed to see their beautiful growing garden with many varieties of chillis and vegetables.
It really special to do this post, not just because of the lovely chillies, but also because of the lovely family I met.
With the chillies secured, my head was in a state of buzzy beehive. A zillion ideas few by, but I honestly was conscious that this could be stingingly spicy if I kick it in the wrong way.
Wanting to take it slow and steady, we devised a plan. A cup of cold milk and a familiar recipe where we could add the chillies based on our preference may be the best way to go.  The knowledge that these chillies rate 11/10 on the spiciness scale, approx 600,000 – 900,000 Scoville units, it seriously wouldn’t be fun to burn yourself. But then, there is a part of the adventure in every step.
With our favourite watermelon, the plan was on. Watermelon gazpacho, with avocado, cucumber, herbs and chilli added in. Complete with some crusty bread, we set upon the experiment.
The first thing I noticed about these chillies was their fruity aroma. The spicy kick was thankfully soothed by the sweet flavor of the cold gaspacho.
A bit of research pointed out that ever since the naga chillies were pronounced as the spiciest, there have been very many crosses and varities developed which have held Guinessrecordss for their heat, like Trinidad scorpion ButchTaylorr, Naga Viper, Nagabon, Nabanaga and more.

What happens to our body when we eat a spicy chilli?

The chemical capsaicin is the culprit to all the reactions we show. First, it tricks the brain to believe there is an alarming rate if heat increase in the body. The brain responds immediately to sweating. This is followed by irritating the mucous membrane which releases the liquid to wash of the irritant (hence the nose leaks).
Beyond the obvious, we may experience stomach ache due to the faster rate of movement of the stomach muscles to get rid of the heating element entered in and the gut also trying its best to break it down simultaneously, sometimes resulting in diarrhoea.
Interesting, how the body tries to get rid of chillies the moment it doesn’t stand for a bit of flavour.
The best ways to cool down this heat is definitely not water, but the knowledge that capsaicin is fat soluble. So anything creamy should work its way. Milk, cream, butter, yoghurt, ice cream tops the list.
We were certainly not ready for the steady kick from biting into it…so, for now, we are happy with the gazpacho.
We have saved the few more peppers for further experiments and will follow up as we do our experiments. So do catch up with us soon.
Here are some soup recipes similar to the gazpacho which you may like.
gaspacho with chiili kick

Watermelon Gaspacho

With Nagabon chilli kick.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Soups and salad
Cuisine Continental, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, International, One pot, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 2 people


to blend

  • 2 cup watermelon cubed
  • 1 medium Tomato cubed
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 small english Cucumber cubed
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger root grated
  • 1/4 tsp nagabon chilli
  • 1 lime
  • 1 handful italian basil

to serve

  • salt to taste
  • crushed black pepper
  • 2 tbsp cucumber finely diced
  • 2 tbsp avocado finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp nagabon chilli finely chopped


  • Blend all the ingredients to a smooth blend.
  • Chill the blend
  • Toss the cucumber and avocado together and keep ready to serve.
  • To serve, ladle in the soup. Add in the cucumber and avocado mix. sprinkle salt and pepper as desired and then add in the amount of chilli you prefer. ( start small)


Use or omit the chillies based on your preference.
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priya satheesh
3 years ago

Such a refreshing and delicious soup.. What a beautiful chilli.. loved the fiery red colour !

Soma Mukherjee
3 years ago

This refreshing soup is so apt for this summers, loved the combination of flavours and the kick of chilly in it.

3 years ago

This looks so refreshing and yummy..loved the colour, perfect for this weather.

3 years ago

What an amazing way to use those chilis. Love that you picked this sweet and spicy chilled soup. Sounds refreshing and delicious.

Shobha Keshwani
3 years ago

Gazpacho looks so refreshing with a dash of chilli in it.

3 years ago

This is a bowl that will be certainly for me this summer. I love the melange of tastes: sweet watermelon, spicy chilli, tangy tomato……

Priya Suresh
3 years ago

Wow, that nagabon chilli looks super cute, and the gaspacho rocks. Excellent and love that delightful colour of the gazpacho.

Mayuri Patel
3 years ago

watermelon gazpacho has become a regular at our table. Its such a filling and cooling soup and healthy too. I like your idea of also adding some avocado. Its nice to learn about a new chili.

Nayna Kanabar
3 years ago

Wow I am amazed at the colour of this dish, it looks so vibrant and the flavours are so delicious.

3 years ago

I love watermelon and never thought of making a soup out of it…but definitely will try as it looks awesome

Maria Nasir
3 years ago

How very smart to pair the very hot chillies with cool ingredients! I can imagine the result must be lip-smacking-good!

3 years ago

Watermelon gazpacho looks so tempting and love the use of nagaban chilli. I once accidentally put one habanero in my curry and we had to through all of the curry as it was outrageously hot.

3 years ago

Never seen this recipe before! Looks so good with red color and chili.

Vidya Narayan
3 years ago

Interesting Post Seema. Being a big fan of chillies, I loved reading every bit of it. I recently tasted Bhut Jholokia or Ghost Pepper flavoured honey but could still feel that spice kick hitting the head. You have transformed that wonderful produce so lovingly gifted by the family into something really refreshing. Those chillies look like cute berries but I am sure, the heat kick is top notch!

3 years ago

Seema you come up with such a delicious dish!! I love it. My friend had these chilli now will check if I can get some from her n try this yummy gazpacho

3 years ago

This is such a delicious soup, love all the flavours here. On my to do list.

3 years ago

A chilled hot soup looks so delicious.. perfect for hot weather.. combining so many flavourful ingredients with watermelon will definitely yum yum

3 years ago

Gazpacho are easy summer soups for hot days. Love your pics.

3 years ago

That’s a brilliant use of those beautiful chilies , I could have never imagined making a soup with water melon , but your recipe sounds interesting, will try this sometime

3 years ago

So perfect for these hot days 🙂 looks so refreshing and love the color.

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
3 years ago

My capacity to take heat is very limited, thanks to umma never giving us spicy food, so I think I would die with that fiery looking chilli! Hehe… having said that, I love how you explained the whole reaction, the body is such a wonderful machine, isn’t it? Beautiful color of the gazpacho, such a needed soup for the upcoming hot days…

3 years ago

watermelon refreshes i must confess

3 years ago

looks really yum

Poonam Bachhav
3 years ago

Never tried a soup with watermelon Seema…and this one looks so vibrant and flavorful..perfect for Summers !

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