Pumpkin soup with sourdough toast is always a winner with us, and this quick and easy recipe with the subtle flavours of curry powder and coconut milk, has been a longstanding family favourite in our home. I bought a whole Jap pumpkin at the Farmer's Market two weeks ago, what was I thinking, that's a lot of pumpkin, so I decided I had to work on using it all up this week. Pumpkins are plentiful and cheap right now and can help to stretch the budget. Using the simplest ingredients, and cooked quickly in the microwave oven, my pumpkin soup recipe can be prepared and ready to eat in under an hour. How's that for convenience during the week. It doesn't feel like cooking really when I make this.
This recipe uses a kilo of pumpkin, and you can stretch it as far as you need to by adding more water and coconut milk if necessary. Or if you enjoy it thick and quite filling just leave the recipe as is. It also freezes well, so I'll be making another batch and freezing it.
1 kg Jap pumpkin (peeled and chopped into 3 cm pieces), also known as Kent pumpkin
1 can of organic coconut milk (400 ml)
1 cup of chicken stock, or 1 chicken stock cube and 1 cup of water
2 large garlic cloves crushed
2 teaspoons curry powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
Place first five ingredients into a 2 litre casserole dish. Cook on High for 15-20 minutes in your microwave oven until all pieces of pumpkin are well cooked. You might need to take out the dish carefully, give the pumpkin a stir to move the middle pieces to the outside, and pop it back in the oven for 5 another minutes. This depends on your pumpkin.
Remove dish when pumpkin is cooked, and allow the pumpkin to cool slightly.
Puree pumpkin with a stick blender. Stir in coconut milk and add seasoning to your taste. I used a lot of pepper. (Cream can be substituted.)
Cook on high for another 4 minutes in the microwave.
Garnish with fresh garlic chives or coriander, finely chopped.
I also baked a Pumpkin and Apricot Fruit Cake this morning, so I'll share that recipe with you very soon. Gosh, I still have half a pumpkin left though. At the very least, it will be some baked vegetables including pumpkin with Corned Silverside for dinner tonight. What would you do with all that pumpkin?