September 26, 2010

Spiced Pumpkin, Cauliflower and Lentil Soup


Be it winter or summer I make soups almost weekly. It's often a pureed vegetable soup with a variety of vegetables I happen to have in the fridge. Pumpkin and lentil soup is one of my favourites, and this time I added some cauliflower for an extra veggie. Lentils really make these soups so velvety and smooth, there's absolutely no need to add any cream. I like the pureed soups very thick, but if you prefer them thinner, just add more stock. This soup freezes well too, so you can have it in the freezer ready for any hunger emergencies :-)


Spiced Pumpkin, Cauliflower and Lentil Soup

2 tbs olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

small knob of fresh ginger, grated

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp ground cumin
300g cauliflower, washed and cut into florets

approximately 1 kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed and cut into chunks
1 cup red lentils

1 litre vegetable stock (or more if you prefer the soup thinner)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion, garlic and the ginger, and sauté for a few minutes. Add the spices and sauté for another minute (you can add a dash of water so that the spices won't burn). Add the cauliflower, pumpkin, lentils and the vegetable stock and bring to boil. Turn the heat down and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool slightly and puree using a blender or a stabmixer.

7 comments:

  1. Your soup looks like it's packed with vegetable goodness and most importantly, with flavour! What a wonderful dish for winter.

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  2. I love the way that red lentils dissolve into soup, giving them such a hearty texture. Combine them with pumpkin and you have a dish that is fit for a king. Or queen, as the case may be :P

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  3. What a lovely soup! I love the flavor of ginger in there. It's the perfect warming meal for a chilly day.

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  4. ginger is great in soup. i often use red lentils to thicken a soup.

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  5. i looooove spicy pumpkin soup! panu's mum makes the best.. can't wait to try yours hehe ;)

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  6. What a gorgeous looking soup, so smooth and full! MmmMm

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  7. This is an excellent recipe. I made it today but used sweet potato instead of pumpkin.

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