Spicy Peanut Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Peanut Pumpkin Soup

The comforting taste of warm salted peanuts starts on the palate before yielding to the pleasures of a rich savory vegetable broth and finishing with spicy flourish in this fragrant and multi-layered soup. Adapted from Yamuna Devi's artful and creative but sadly out-of-print Yamuna's Table, this soup makes a wonderful first course to almost any Caribbean, African or South Asian themed dinner, or a delightful lunch on its own.


Spicy Peanut Pumpkin SoupSpicy Peanut Pumpkin Soup
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Adapted from Yamuna's Table
Cuisine: Asian/African/Caribbean
Published on January 15, 2009

Rich and fragrant, creamy and spicy vegetable soup with the taste of warm salted peanuts

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Ingredients:
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
  • 1 cup roasted, shelled and unsalted peanuts
  • 1 cup diced fresh pumpkin
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • juice from 1 lemon (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
Instructions:
  • Heat a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat. When hot, add the sesame oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Toss in the coriander seeds and chili flakes and stir until the seeds darken a couple of shades without burning, a couple of minutes. Add the peanuts and vegetables and continue to stir for 5 minutes. Pour in the vegetable stock, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer until the peanuts are tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.

  • Remove the soup from the heat and let cool slightly before puréeing with a hand blender or in a countertop blender. Stir in the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.

  • Serve hot or warm.

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Another peanut soup you may enjoy:
African bean and peanut soup

8 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

This is a comforting soup Lisa for these cold days of winter. IC that you are near -20 C right now...finally I can gloat a little this winter..wink...wink

Laura said...

I love peanut soups and pumpkin soups--why have I never tried combining them? I have the Devi book but missed this one. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Soma said...

What a creative combination.

Johanna said...

pumpkin and peanuts are such a good combination! (I love most things with pumpkin though) This soup looks lovely and warming

Ivy said...

It's the first time I've seen nuts in soups but I can imagine what a great combination it would be after pureeing it.

aquadaze said...

I love pumpkin soup..adding peanuts to it must take the taste up a few notches. Am relatively new to blogging, would love to have you over!

Darius T. Williams said...

peanut - pumpkin - and spice...love it!

Tagesgeldkonto said...

My dad cooked such a soup some time ago. Very tasty, but not spicy - I will give him this advice, because I love spicy food.