Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

January 27, 2010

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup in a white bowl

Staring in my cabinet at two cans of pumpkin puree that were left over from my holiday baking, I asked myself, “what can I do with this besides wait until next holiday season to bake with it, or cheat on my New Year’s resolution to cut back on sweets with an attempt at pumpkin cheesecake?” The answer: a warming and slightly spicy pumpkin soup.

Leaning on my love of coconut, cilantro and fragrant curry powder, I looked to those ingredients to add full-bodied flavor to this vegetarian and vegan friendly soup. A sauté of diced onions and garlic in coconut oil provide the foundation for the soup followed by the pumpkin puree, which is then made rich and smooth with coconut milk and vegetable broth. When creating this recipe I used full fat coconut milk that includes the thick cream, but light coconut milk will work perfectly fine as well.

Image 1: Ingredients for cocount curry pumpkin soup - canned coconut milk, canned pumpkin puree, teaspoon of curry powder, cilantro all on a cutting board; Image 2: Diced onions sauteeing in oil in a stainless steel pot with pumpkin puree on top in the pot

I shared this pot of soup for lunch with my fellow classmates in my yoga teacher training program and it was a big hit! Not to mention, just what we needed on a cold January afternoon. I hope you enjoy it too!

Note: There’s a debate among health and nutrition circles as to whether or not coconut oil should be a part of a healthy diet. I tend to lean toward arguments for coconut oil’s health benefits, but here are some helpful links – one of which discusses the arguments against coconut oil – so that you can inform yourself.

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup
Serves 8

3 teaspoons coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon curry powder (mild or hot)
2 15-oz. cans pumpkin puree
1 14-oz. can coconut milk
1 quart (4 cups) vegetable broth
4 cups water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Squeeze of  juice from 1/2 lime
3 teaspoons salt plus more to taste
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

In a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat, then add onions, garlic and curry powder and sauté stirring occasionally until onions are soft (about 8 minutes or so). Next, add pumpkin puree, then stir in coconut milk, vegetable broth and water followed by salt and pepper. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and add cilantro. Allow soup to simmer for about 25 minutes. Add lime juice and taste for additional seasoning. Serve and enjoy!

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8 Responses to “Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup”

  1. Fearless Kitchen on January 28th, 2010 10:16 am

    This looks tasty, and it was a great way to use up something that might otherwise lurk in your pantry for a whole year longer!

  2. Smae aka (Luna) on January 28th, 2010 11:47 am

    Good Day Flavor Diva!

    I have a can of pumpkin in the cub too and been debating on how to prepare it. I thought about doing a soup similar to this but the recipe I found used buttermilk vrs. cnut milk. I love curry and fresh cilantro and I hope that when I try to make this that it turns out as good as your words sound!

    BTW last weekend I made apple-pecan cornbread dressing and it turned out GREAT! I was so proud! I made sure to OVER bake my cornbread and it made a BIG difference in the texture! Loved the apple, pecans, celery, and onion! Question?>>What type of apple you use…I used a yellow delicious and I was looking for some tartness, I think next time I make it I will use a granny smith.

    Again, thanks so much for this share! Keep a cookin cause I am looking!

  3. Tamika Felder on January 28th, 2010 11:54 am

    This sounds and looks REALLY, REALLY good!

  4. Tesia on January 29th, 2010 11:59 pm

    Thanks everyone! Luna, I belive I used a stayman apple for the dressing. Any apple suitable for baking should be fine. The stayman apple is good for baking or eating. I’m glad your dressing turned out well!

  5. Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks on January 30th, 2010 8:22 pm

    Lovely soup and like that is easy to prepare. Topped with toasted pumpkin seeds for bit of crunchy texture.

  6. The Duo Dishes on February 1st, 2010 3:37 am

    Very savory. Perfect for this weather.

  7. 12th Man Training Table on February 4th, 2010 12:46 pm

    Can’t get enough soup this time of the year. Thanks!

    Great photography, by the way.

  8. Molly Fulton on March 3rd, 2010 1:35 pm

    This sounds awesome and similar to (but better than) a pantry favorite of mine: 1 can pumpkin puree, 1 can lite coconut milk, 1 can veg broth, 1 can cannellini beans.

    I also threw together this last night:
    Looking forward to more great ideas and recipes!

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