Treat yourself with this healthy and spicy pumpkin soup. This recipe is quite simple as it uses easily available ingredients. The freshly ground spices add to the taste palate and make this soup a perfect one for a family lunch or dinner. Be it a wintry afternoon or a sultry evening; this soup can be a perfect one in treating your taste buds. Though the spices add a rich flavor in this soup, they do not detract from the sweet taste of pumpkin. Moreover, the secret ingredient here is not chilies but the ginger, which adds to the spice of this traditional recipe. Now, let us know the ingredients of our spicy pumpkin soup.
Unsalted butter: 1 tbsp
Yellow onion: 1 1/2 cups (roughly chopped)
Garlic: 2 cloves minced (about two teaspoons)
Fresh ginger: 2 teaspoons (minced, peeled)
Yellow curry powder: 1 1/2 teaspoons
Ground cumin: 3/4 teaspoon
Ground coriander: 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon: a small pinch
Kosher salt: 1 teaspoon
Low sodium chicken stock: 4 cups (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
Bay leaves: 2
Pumpkin:3 1/2 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin purée
Water: 1 cup
Heavy whipping cream: 3 tbsp
Black pepper: 1/8 teaspoon
Yogurt (for garnish)
Toasted pumpkin seeds (for garnish)
Spicy Pumpkin Soup: Method
Firstly, you need to prepare the roasted pumpkin puree. Cut a sugar pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Lay face down in a baking pan. You can spread a foil over the pan and place the pumpkin on it. Bake the pumpkin for about 40 minutes at 375 degrees. Let it cool and then scoop out the pumpkin flesh. Now, blend it in a food processor and freeze it for further use.
To make the spicy pumpkin soup, heat butter in a pan over low flame. Add the onion, ginger, and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes. Once the onion is tender, add cumin, coriander, curry powder, salt, and cinnamon powder. Cook this for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock, bay leaves and pour the pumpkin puree. You need to add water at this point in time. Stir the mixture to combine all the ingredients. If the texture is too thick, you can add a little water. Or, if you have more stock left, you can add that instead of adding more water. The consistency of this soup depends upon your preferences.
The Final Step
Increase the flame to high so that the soup starts to boil. Then, lower the flame and simmer it for 15-20 minutes. Now, you need to discard the bay leaves and blend the soup using a food processor. Your spicy pumpkin soup is ready to be served. Right before serving the soup, add the crème and stir well. Add black pepper and more salt if required. Thin the yogurt by adding a little water and pour it in the soup. Stir well and finally, sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds to serve the soup. This soup tastes better when you serve it warm but not steaming hot. Breadsticks or toasted bread will go perfect as accompaniments with the spicy pumpkin soup. For more spice, you can add some roasted chili flakes.