Curried Pumpkin Soup
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 55
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time: 10
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans solid-pack pumpkin (3 1/2 cups, not pie filling)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (12 fl oz)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk (not low-fat)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
  • 8 fresh curry leaves
DIRECTIONS
  1. 1. Cook onions in butter in a wide 6-quart heavy pot over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  3. 3. Add cumin, coriander, and cardamom and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  4. 4. Stir in salt, red pepper flakes, pumpkin, water, broth, and coconut milk and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.
  5. 5. Purée soup in batches in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids), transferring to a large bowl, and return soup to pot.
  6. 6. Keep soup warm over low heat.
  7. 7. Heat oil in a small heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook mustard seeds until they begin to pop, about 15 seconds.
  8. 8. Add curry leaves and cook 5 seconds, then pour mixture into pumpkin soup.
  9. 9. Stir until combined well and season soup with salt.
  10. 10. Soup can be thinned with additional water.
  11. Can be made day ahead.