Pumpkin, Kumara and Lime soup
19th August 2013

Pumpkin, Kumara and Lime soup

By Jess Photography by Kate
 

It has been pointed out to me, in a very light hearted way that my recent recipes have been based around pumpkin.

It is true, I am a little bit pumpkin obsessed at the moment. I just can’t seem to walk past the piles of them in the supermarket without one ‘accidentally’ falling into my basket and, in the case of the weekend just gone, several accidentally falling onto the floor too, thanks to my supreme effort at trying to pick the perfect gourd for our family. Alas, I digress.

Back to the humble pumpkin; what’s not to love? They are so versatile, cheap and such a vibrant shade –it makes a change to the more muted colours of most of my slow-cooked meals, to have something with such a bright hue on my plate…. Not to mention I *might* enjoy the opportunity to practice my pumpkin carving skills prior to chopping the whole thing up! Roll on Halloween!

Ingredients

Makes 8-10 large bowls
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  • ¾ crown pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cubed (approx 1kg)
  • 2 large kumara, peeled and cubed (approx 350g)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 chillies, finely chopped (quantity and seeds dependent on your heat preference)
  • 1 tin coconut milk (400mls)
  • 3 limes
  • 2 large handfuls of coriander, finely chopped
  • 150g cashew nuts, roughly chopped.

          Method

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          • 1. In a large saucepan, add all the pumpkin and kumara and cover in cold water. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for approximately 20 minutes; until the all the pieces are cooked though.
          • 2. Meanwhile, add the onion and chillies to a frying pan and fry until the onion becomes translucent – then add this to the pot containing the pumpkin.
          • 3. Squeeze all the limes, keeping the juice to one side (The fresh juice is used for the garnish)and zest them. Add the ‘de-juiced’ lime halves and the zest to the pan containing the pumpkin and kumara. Continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
          • 4. Once the pumpkin and kumara pieces are cooked through remove from the heat and discard the lime pieces.
          • 5. Blend the mixture until smooth (I used a stick blender)
          • 6. Add the tin of coconut milk and put back on the heat for a few minutes until the soup is simmering lightly. Stir well to ensure the coconut milk is mixed through thoroughly.
          • 7.If you are happy with the consistency*, remove from the heat, and serve; with a large amount of coriander, chopped cashew nuts and lime juice to garnish.
          • * if the soup is too thick, add more water, 1 cup at a time. If the soup is too thin, put it back on the cooktop and allow it to reduce.
                   

                  COMMENTS

                  1. Lee

                    I have just finished making pumpkin soup myself, shame I didn’t see this recipe earlier, will definitely try this version next time. I would love to share this recipe on my interior design/inspiration blog, please take a look;

                    http://www.leecarolineart.blogspot.com

                    Lee :)

                  2. Jess

                    Hi Lee,

                    Thank you so much for your comment. I hope you enjoyed your pumpkin soup. Let us know if you try this recipe from OurKitchen; we love getting feedback!
                    I had a quick look at your blog, it is beautiful!
                    Jess

                  3. Danny

                    Ah ha… Just picked up a supermarket bag full of limes from my uncle’s orchard in Westport. Perfect ;)

                  4. Jess

                    Danny – I am super envious, enjoy the soup.

                    If you have any limes left over, you might like to try making the coriander, honey, lemon and lime drink I made back in 2012.
                    Let us know how you get on.

                    Jess

                  5. grandmamma

                    What is Kumara?And where can I find it? Is there a substitute for the Kumara?

                  6. Jess

                    Hi!
                    Kumara is a type of sweet potato, so any form of sweet potato would be a fine substitute. I hope you enjoy making the soup :) Please let us know how you get on.
                    Jess

                   

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