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Curried Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Indian Spices

Delicious, nutritious and easy to make Curried Roasted Pumpkin Soup. Chockfull of flavour and texture, with apple, Indian spices and a garnish of pomegranate and toasted pista nuts as well as a dash of orange juice, to warm you up on a chill evening
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Sujata Shukla

Ingredients

For Roasting the Pumpkin

  • 2 cups pumpkin slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • a few rosemary sprigs

For Pumpkin Soup

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 1 fresh red chilli optional depending on how spicy you want the soup to be
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Shallots about 4-5 minced
  • 1/16 teaspoon red chilli powder a pinch
  • 1/16 teaspoon Coriander Powder a pinch
  • 1/16 teaspoon cinnamon powder a pinch
  • 1/16 teaspoon clove powder a pinch
  • 1/16 teaspoon turmeric powder a pinch
  • 1 cup sliced apple
  • 2 cups roasted pumpkin from ingredients above
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or water if stock is not available
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • a few Fresh Mint leaves Or Parsley sprigs

For the Garnish

  • 2 tablespoons roasted pistachio nuts
  • 4 tablespoons Pomegranate arils
  • 1 -2 tablespoons Fresh orange juice

Instructions

To Roast the Pumpkin

  • Preheat the oven to 220 C (~430 F). Pare the thick skin and slice the pumpkin into even sized chunks or into thick crescent shapes. Place the slices in a zip bag and add olive oil, rosemary leaves, salt and pepper. Shake the bag well so that the slices are evenly covered with the oil and seasonings. Or mix in the oil and seasoning onto the slices with your fingers.
    Peeled pumpkin sliced into crescents and drizzled with olive oil, pepper salt and rosemary, ready for baking
  • Spread the slices on a baking sheet, taking care not to crowd them on the sheet. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, turning the slices once half way through. Remove from the oven and quickly transfer to a bowl so that they stop cooking. Dice into small pieces so that they cook quickly when added to the soup.

To make Curried Roasted Pumpkin Soup

  • While the pumpkin is roasting, finish the prep. Mince the shallots Slice the apples. I have retained the peel but you may remove them if you wish. I have used a red apple but you could instead add a Granny Smith or tart green apple. This would make the hue of the soup lighter, but would change the flavour slightly by reducing the sweetness. Keep the spice powders ready Toast the pistachio nuts on a hot pan for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently so that they do not burn. Extract the arils from the pomegranate and set aside in the fridge till required to serve. Squeeze orange juice and crush and shred a few mint leaves when ready to serve the soup.
    Spices to curry the roasted pumpkin soup - coriander, turmeric, chilli, cinnamon and clove powders
  • Heat Olive oil in a pan. Add fennel seeds and sauté for 10secs. Crush the garlic cloves and add them whole, sautéing till they begin to discolour. Add the red chilli, sauté for 10 secs. If you want to reduce the 'heat' of the soup, omit the chilli. Add the minced shallots, sauté for about 3 minutes till they are nicely fried. Add the spices - turmeric, chilli powder, clove, cinnamon and coriander powder. Stir them into the shallots.
  • Add the apple slices, stir and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the roasted pumpkin slices. Stir Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the stock or water if using. Stir. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to allow the soup to simmer for 25 minutes. Turn off the stove and transfer the soup to another vessel to cool
  • Coarsely puree the soup. It is best to do this in batches when the soup has cooled down, as otherwise it may splash out of the processor. I have learnt this from bitter experience and from trying to remove the stains of turmeric and chilli from the walls and the kitchen counter!
  • When ready to serve, reheat the soup, taste for salt and add the crushed shredded mint leaves or shredded parsley sprigs. Serve hot, garnished with crushed toasted pistachio nuts and pomegranate arils. Drizzle a little orange juice on each serving.