Creamy Pumpkin Soup
- 250 gm unpeeled red pumpkin, roughly chopped (keep seeds for garnish)
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp unrefined salt
- 1 ½ cups medium thick coconut milk
- ½ tsp black pepper powder
- 3 cups water
Chop the red pumpkin into large chunks. DO NOT PEEL the pumpkin. Sauté the onions with a pinch of salt in a wok. Add the red pumpkin chunks. Add just a little water for the vegetables to cook without browning. Cover and leave to cook until the onions and pumpkin are soft. You can add lemon grass or kaffir lime leaves at this point if required. Blend the vegetable mixture into a smooth paste, retaining the water released from the cooking, if any. DO NOT STRAIN. Pour the blended mixture back into cooking vessel to heat.
Just before serving, remove the soup from the heat and add the coconut milk. Do not allow the soup to boil once you have added the coconut milk. Pour as much milk as required, depending on the desired creaminess and thickness of the soup. Add crushed black pepper.
Garnish with parsley or roasted pumpkin seeds. Marinate the pumpkin seeds in lime juice and salt, and then bake in the oven until seeds are crisp and toasted. Sprinkle as garnish to the soup.
This creamy soup is delicious served either hot or at room temperature. Can also be served chilled.