Friday, March 25, 2011

Curried Pumpkin Soup

This is a bit of different soup to my usual ones.  I always go for English style of soup with just vegetables and stock .  This time I made with a combination of lentils and pumpkin with some mild spices.  I would have left just with lentil and pumpkin and made it like a Indian style sambhar,  but since I was looking for a rich smooth consistency, I pureed it after cooking .

The type of lentils which I have used is moongdhal.  In India Moongdhal is generally used for making dhal soup, kootu curry( dry curry), for porridge and also for halwas. Moongdhals are rich source of carbohydrates, fibre and protein. Moongdhal marries well with pumpkin, particularly when it is pureed, the consistency of the soup is perfect with crusty rolls and you'll love the flavours in it.


Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
Pumpkin- 200 gms
Moong dhal- 100 gms
Onion- 1 medium sized roughly chopped
Potato- 1 medium sized( peeled and chopped)
Vegetable stock- 300 ml
Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Garlic- 3 pods chopped
Coriander leaves or parsley- 3 stalk finely chopped
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt  and pepper to taste

Method:
Wash the moong dhal and add it to the pressure cooker along with peeled and chopped pumpkin, potatoes, onion, stock, half of coriander leaves and spices.  You can add more water if you want a thin consistency of the soup. Pressure cook it for upto 3 whistles.  Let it cool down for a while, then puree it in a blender.
In another heavy bottom pot or pan , add oil, finely chopped garlic then pureed mixture .  Add salt and pepper for taste.  Let it simmer for 5 minutes.  If the soup looks too thick , you can add some water to make it liquidy.  Add chopped coriander leaves on top and serve with crusty rolls.

This can be made easily with less techniques so I'm linking this with my own event Any One Can Cook and for Souper Sundays, also linking this to Treat To Eyes: Series 2 by Spice your senses



58 comments:

yummychunklet said...

This soup looks great!

divya said...

Wow that's soo fantastic...yummy!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

A creamy, healthy and yummy soup..Nice pic..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

I really love the first pic... Simply awesome...

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Soup looks to be amazingly healthy and tasty.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Deeksha said...

healthy soup! love the way you have prepared...nice clicks!

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Looks absolutely mouthwatering ...lovely color..
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Shobha said...

Actually I have never tasted or made pumpkin soup.This recipe looks nice and flavourful with an Indian touch.

Reva said...

Wow... the soup looks so warming and soul filling.. The photo ans the presentation is awesome..:)
Reva

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow...looks absolutely gorgeous n yummy !

Jean said...

i find that we often take curry for granted...it actually adds depth to many foods that we eat. recently i had fish and chips at this restaurant and they added curry powder to their tartar sauce and it's divine! i can imagine your soup being a similar experience to my tastebuds as it did for the curried tartar sauce :P

Mélange said...

Awesome soup there.Complete meal in itself I think.looks rich and hearty.

muppy said...

This sounds delicious, it's good to hear it purred nicely, I wasn't sure with lentils.

Radhika said...

The bowl of soup is so tempting Ayeesha. You could pass me some to slurp off.

Ramya said...

Pumpkin n lentil soup looks soo yummylicious...perfect for a cold weather:-)Nice click!!

Tina said...

beautiful click....soup sounds tempting dear....

Vimitha Anand said...

That soup looks so creamy and healthy...

sowmya's creative saga said...

good one..will try this sometime..lovely colour..

retete- ina said...

goooood,yummy

Sweet Artichoke said...

Colorful, smooth and tasty: your soup is a delicious bowl of goodness!

Hari Chandana said...

Wowww.. Awesome shot !!

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Raji said...

Lovely and comforting soup Ayeesha..the pictures are gorgeous and presentation is lovely.

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely click it is ayeesha- am drooling here seeing the pic and i guess the taste will be super !

spontaneous-euphoria said...

I always make a version of this soup and love it. It's so filling.

Suchi said...

Gorgeous soup! looks super comforting and lovely :)

Amy said...

Looks beautiful and delicious. I love the added texture and protein from the lentils!

kaveri said...

Just the perfect Soup. Looks yummy.

lena said...

this sounds interesting to me and i bet they taste good..i see that you have quite a list of soups in yr blog, i shall hop in later to learn more.

Aruna Manikandan said...

soup looks perfect and tempting dear...
Nice click
Bookmarked it :)

GeethuSathiyaN said...

This has a creamy look!!a nice starter for a rich dinner :-) Good try !!

sonu said...

luved the colour and creamy texture..interesting combo..

Pavithra said...

Love love love it a lot..love soup anytime and pumpkin soup is one of my very fav one.. the pictures is just making me drool.

Prathibha said...

Thats a very vibrant soup...looks really yumm

Suja Sugathan said...

Healthy and filling soup..love the vibrant color.

Sayantani said...

lovely recipe and very bright click. love it.

Jay said...

OMG...excellent clik dear...really u r rocking..perfect recipe..
Tasty Appetite

Biny Anoop said...

look at that...perfect and very professional....love it with all my senses

Angie's Recipes said...

The soup looks so creamy and delicious!

SouthindianHome said...

Looks delicious and yummy. Wonderful & eyecatching click as well

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

So creamy and so healthy !! loved the first pic !!

Charissa said...

With all this cold weather, soup is like what I've been living off of. Thanks for sharing!

Chik Mimi said...

tis soup look yummy!will try it one fine day

Sonia said...

This is looking absolutely delightful. Very nicely made and presented....thnks !

Amritha Kalyani said...

great soup and fantastick picture.. love the flavors.. tempting..

Vidhya said...

The soup look so beautiful and delicious.

sojo said...

Beautiful click... you really have good ideas when it comes to cooking!!! looks good and sounds healthy!!!

Katerina said...

This is such an exotic soup! I can smell its aromas!

Prathima Rao said...

Soup looks fantastic & love the color!! I make it withoout the dal but addding it makes it all the more healthy & wholesome...
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Priya said...

Stunning clicks, such a comforting soup..

Min {Honest Vanilla} said...

very nice! i love the addition of the lentils ;) absolutely irresistible!

Ron said...

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I just stopped by to say hello and may God richly bless you today :-)

When you have the time come by and visit me. ~Ron

Deb in Hawaii said...

Great picture--such pretty colors. Love the combination of the pumpkin and lentils. Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays. ;-)

schmetterlingwords said...

A hearty healthy soup it is... I've fallen in love with that bowl... its gorgeous and the bright pumpkin soup does justice to it!! :-) I would definitely try this for a dinner menu...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Love that creamy, fresh and yum looking soup....

Hema Mahen said...

Soup looks creamy and yummy...nice clicks!!!

Swarnavalli Suresh said...

Nice healthy soup.. Lovely click

Rinku Naveen said...

Ayeesha...I just love this snap..The bowl looks stunning and the snap superb. Loved the colour scheme and everthing bout this snap..and the soup toooooo... :)

Mark@SeasonWithSpice said...

Hi Ayeesha, now this is the perfect recipe. Take something delicious and simple, and spice it up! You can't go wrong.

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