pumpkin soup with thai red curry and smoked pumpkin seeds

by Sam on August 17, 2010

a pumkin that looks like a painting

My business partner and I went on a scounting mission to the Cape Town fresh produce market in Epping recently, and as we were wandering around we stumbled across a crate of the most beautiful looking pumpkins.

Laurence with the pumpkin

I just had to get one.

As this is a mass buying market, its not always the easiest trying to buy a single item.  Luckily another buyer offered to include it in his order and I landed up paying R10 for this beauty.

the cape town fresh produce market

My initial thinking was I would create a few recipes with it, although I would have been happy to just have it lying around looking pretty in my kitchen.

I do so love good looking food.

In the end all I made was this soup, and then roasted a whole lot of slices with olive oil, and sprinkled over some smoked chilli. I gave the other half away.

what you will need to make:

  • 2 celery stalks – sliced
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • +-850gms of fresh pumpkin cubed
  • 1 – 1/2 Tbsp of thai red curry paste depending how hot you want it
  • 2 tsp of fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1 litre of chicken or veg stock
  • cream or coconut cream – optional
  • smoked and or roasted pumpkin seeds to sprinkle over the top

How to make

  • heat the olive oil in a large pot
  • sweat the celery, onion and carrot until just soft
  • stir through the curry paste and then add the cubes of pumpkin
  • cover all the vegetables with stock and ginger and allow to simmer for about 40 minutes until soft
  • cool and process through a food processor or hand blender
  • stir through fresh cream or coconut cream (and you could also top with fresh coriander)
  • sprinkle over smoked, roasted pumpkin seeds

The smokey flavour of the roasted pumpkin seeds adds such a rich and intense flavour dimension to the soup as well as a lovely bit of crunchy texture.

silky smooth, slightly sweet, a dash of heat and then a few crunchy smokey bits

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Marisa August 17, 2010 at 6:46 am

Lovely! Those smoked pumpkin seeds sounds really good.

nina August 17, 2010 at 9:31 am

How dare you walk around in my back yoard and not pop in for coffee??? Love those pumpkins, and you gave it royal treatment by making that delicious soup! Smoked pumpkin seeds ……great addition!!

Tandy August 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm

the roasted pumpkin seeds are a great addition!

souldiaries August 20, 2010 at 6:20 am

sammy this looks great, and thanks for posting on the fresh produce market, love this post, and look forward to try out the smoking shed’s pumpkin seeds xx

Kelsey August 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm

This looks outstanding!

Tokyo Terrace August 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

This looks delicious! I love soups like this- they are so comforting without being overly heavy. Beautiful photo of the final product, too!

Tracy August 24, 2010 at 11:42 am

This soup looks beautiful. Love your site.

Joanne August 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I wouldn’t have been able to resist that pumpkin either! Nor would I be able to resist this soup. I love anything that’s infused with thai curry!

drizzleanddip August 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Thank you Joanne, Tracy and Tokyo Terrace for your lovely comments

Meredith September 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

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Kathryn September 24, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Oh my gosh, I love pumpkin ANYTHING! I’ll have to try that recipe ASAP!

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