Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday Lunch, Creamy Pumpkin Soup, Kofta with Hummus & Sourdough Pita

I haven't made pumpkin soup for a while, it would be nice to have on such a cold wet miserable day.... I'm sure everyone has own version of the humble pumpkin soup, and here's mine, adapted from Luke's Nanna.

Half butternut pumpkin, in chunks
1 carrot cut in chunks
2 big desiree potatos cut in chunks
1 small sweet potato cut in chunks
1 small brown onion sliced
1.5 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
25g butter
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp carraway seeds
salt and white pepper to taste
Thickened cream to serve....

Heat up olive oil in pan and saute onion and garlic, add the chunky veggies, saute for a couple of minutes, add water to cover (it will be nice with chicken stock, however, it's not necessary, keep it vegetarian hehe) add salt and white pepper and curry powder (it's not a curry, no need to be fussy about the paste, so just use a very mild shop pre-mixed curry powder, just to give the soup a bit of kick). Simmer for 45 minutes and mash the veggies, add caraway seeds and butter.
Simmer for further 15 minutes and use stick blender to blend the veggies till creamy....
Another 5 minutes just to reduce down a bit of excess liquid, and ladle up and serve with thickened cream and thredded parsley....
And this is my sourdough pita bread - I used a mix of plain flour and whole meal flour instead of strong bread flour. They puffed up really nicely in the hot oven.... It's not an authentic Kofta because I used pork and veal mince, the usual all spice, cumin and paprika, mixed with parsley and red onion, and as I ran out of the yoghurt and forgot to buy some yesterday, we made the quick hummus to go with the kofta...

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