Monday, December 14, 2009

Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup

At last its winter! When I woke up this morning, the typical white glowing light of a snow covered neighbourhood greeted me and filled my heart with a similar glowing light. The first good snow of the season is always a beautiful sight and I simply love the snow. Especially this year, as the snow had us waiting longer than usual in this part of the world. I could not resist from capturing this breathtaking view on my camera.

Of course, the first snow also means cold cold evenings – and what better than a hot soup to warm up a cold evening. So, as promised in the last post, here is a steaming, piping hot Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup. 


1/2 of hokkaido pumpkin, washed and roughly diced with the skin
1 medium size - onion, chopped
1 medium size - carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1/4 th of a medium size red pepper, chopped
1 stalk - lemon grass , washed and sliced
2 inch piece - ginger, chopped
3-4  - cloves of garlic, chopped
1  piece - whole wheat bread
1 tbsp - pumpkin seed oil
1/4 tsp - cumin seeds
1/4 tsp - red chilli powder
1/4 tsp - black pepper powder
2 1/2 cup - water
a generous pinch of nutmeg powder
a generous pinch of cinnamon powder
salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan (alternately, you can use a pressure cooker), add cumin seeds, onions, ginger, garlic, red pepper and lemongrass and saute for a minute.
  2. Add the carrots and roughly diced hokkaido pumpkin and saute for half a minute. Add water, bread and all the spices, stir well and cook until soft (in a pressure cooker, cook slightly less than potatoes)
  3. Puree the mixture and re transfer to the pan over heat.
  4. Serve hot, garnished with coriander leaves.



  1. Die Suppe ist ein Traum gerade in dieser kalten Zeit...
    Weiterhin viel Spass und viel Erfolg. Alles Gute.

  2. Wonderful recipe! I love pumpkin and I am always looking for variations to the traditional pumpkin soup! I am going to have to scout the pumpkin seed oil though!

  3. Very nice recipe.. Was lukin for a Pumpkin Soup recipe for long.. Will surely try this



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