I remember posting a recipe for pumpkin soup earlier. But this one is different. So cliched you would say. No, really. It’s different. A Thai version spiced with red curry paste and laced with coconut milk, gives the soup a spicy yet cooling effect. Cryptic? No, its simple. Red paste to heaten and coconut to cool.. getting both flavors without much harm done. So simple. And well so is the recipe.
Soups and stews are antagonistic to desserts where photography is concerned. To bribe anyone with pictures of soup is a mammoth task. I attempted various ways and I stumbled all the times. Soups make dreadful shots. I have no conniving methods(Read: Awesome clicks:) ) to garner attention to this post of mine.
I haven’t posted many yummy eats of mine just because I was not happy with the pictures. But perfecting shots is no piece of cake. And many a recipes were deleted in lure of those beautiful clicks. I was going to take a long time to improve, but that doesn’t mean, I should deprive you lovely people of fantastic simple procedures that I chanced upon. So, here I am.
Now, don’t mind the pictures, enjoy the rains with this spicy tangy yummy soup.
- 2 cups chopped pumpkin
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 3-4 garlic pods, minced or you could use 2 straws of fresh green garlic
- 2 tbsp red curry paste – or as you like it
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp flour or powdered oats
- salt to taste
- Oil or butter – just a blob
- Basil leaves to garnish – optional
In a deep pan or pressure cooker, heat oil/butter. Saute the garlic and onions till pink. Mix in the red curry paste now. Throw in the pumpkin, tomatoes and 1/2 cup water. Cook till done. Once it’s cooked, run a blender through the mix. If you like, you could strain the concoction or use it as it is. Now, mix a tsp of flour or oats to the coconut milk. Stir it in the pureed mix. Give it a good boil or two. If its runny, add more coconut-flour mix and if its thick, stir in some water or plain milk. Season with salt and garnish with chopped basil.
We have the spice from the red paste, a mild sweetness from the coconut milk and tang from the tomatoes. So many flavors!!
Slurrrp it away with toasted bread.