Pumpkin yogurt soup w/ grilled marinated shrimps

by Kiran on November 3, 2011 · 49 comments

in Salads, Seafood, Sides, Soups

After a long week of celebrations, good food and sugar rush, I needed a break from kitchen chores. Heck, I needed a break from household chores.

Someone please send me a maid.

This recipe isn’t exactly what one would make or indulge during Diwali or to offer as a treat during Halloween. Since I’ve complained about kitchen chores and feeling blessed with cooler temperatures these days – I whipped up a simple, hearty and delicious soup. You can definitely have this as an appetizer or entree. I would have it for lunch and dinner, all day long in cold winter.

Have you noticed my pumpkin craze for the last few days? Well, it never gets old.

A note about seafood – I am finally no longer a scallop-tasting-virgin. We feasted great seafood for dinner with some friends a few nights ago. But I must say, it was a dissapointing scallop experience. Why or why does it happen to me? I was so looking forward to a great taste of scallops. Perhaps the expectation of it was too high? I totally love my share of crabs, shrimps and fish every now and then. Perhaps it wasn’t done well. I just find it a little too bland for my taste.

This soup with a healthy dose of grilled shrimps, definitely made up for the failed scallop experience. Well, you loose some – you gain some.

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  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 1 heaping tbsp clarified butter/ghee
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 green chili, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup low fat yogurt
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 tsp spice mix (a mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom powder) or pumpkin pie spice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for grilled shrimp

Shrimp marinade

  • 12 – 14 pieces of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (for mild, add less)
  • 1- 2 tbsp low fat yogurt


  1. In a bowl, add marinade ingredients and mix till each shrimp is coated in marinade. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium high. Add ghee, and once its hot throw in cumin seeds.
  3. Wait till cumin seeds crackle and add finely minced shallots. Fry till fragrant.
  4. Once shallots are translucent, add in ginger paste and minced green chili (skip the chili if you want to avoid spiciness).
  5. Add pumpkin puree, vegetable broth, water and bring the soup to a simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Sprinkle in some salt & pepper.
  7. Remove soup from heat and add a healthy dollop of yogurt. Mix to combine.
  8. Heat a griddle or grill pan on medium high. Add a drizzle of olive oil and once the pan is hot, lay shrimps to grill for a few minutes on each side. It shouldn’t take more than 4-5 minutes in total to grill shrimps.
  9. Garnish soup with a few marinated grilled shrimps. Serve hot or room temperature.


And clearly this soup has to be serve with a nice chunk of bread. I would, if only I had more bread to photograph. Apparently, I was too hungry.


I had some leftover soup the next day. With the sun shining so bright, I was definitely not in a good mood to have hot soup. This soup tastes so good the next day, out of the fridge nice and chill. Coupled with a craving for a nice big salad, I made a huge bowl with: lettuce, sliced radishes, sliced avocado’s, a generous sprinkle of black pepper and a nice twist of lemon juice, topped with a few marinated shrimps. Mmmm.. Lip-smackingly good.

I love coining words.

What is your favorite fall or comfort soup?

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1 Harsha November 3, 2011 at 7:52 AM

I am a veggie! Nice pics. The first one is really beautiful. 🙂
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2 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Sorry about that – you could easily sub out the shrimps from the recipe and it’s vegetarian then 😀

3 Faith November 3, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Lovely and delicious use for pumpkin…the soup looks so elegant with the shrimp on top! What a lovely pairing.
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4 GeetS November 3, 2011 at 10:38 AM

me too veggiee
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5 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting. You can easily make this recipe vegetarian by removing shrimps 🙂

6 christine @ oatmeal in my bowl November 3, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I have a sugar pumpkin I need to use and a friend just told me how to puree it. Shrimp & pumpkin sound really good together. topped with a little yogurt or sour cream. yum!

I heard photographing soups to bring out there beauty is hard to do. Great job! They photos are making me hungry!
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7 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely comments 🙂

It was tough photographing soups, but I take it as a personal challenge and a learning process.

8 Melanie @ Melanie Cooks November 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Looks like a very flavorful soup!
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9 Emily Malloy @Cleanliness November 3, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Creative? Check.
Delicious? Check.
Perfect?! Check!!
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10 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely words 🙂

11 Kelly November 3, 2011 at 4:36 PM

This is so interesting and flavourful Kiran. Do you know I’ve just recently started adding yogurt to soups and stews and we are absolutely loving it. It adds a wonderful creaminess without the usual heaviness. Your marinated shrimp is the perfect accompaniment to this stunning soup. Must try this one!

12 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Thanks honey.
I agree with you. Yogurt adds so much of flavor, creaminess and texture to soups and stews. Let me know how this recipe tastes 🙂

13 Nash at Plateful November 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I’d skip the soup for the salad with lots of grilled prawns–yum. Beautiful shots!
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14 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Thank you honey – I’d do the same now that the temperatures in Florida are up during the day!

15 Simply Life November 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM

oh my,that looks like the most perfectly seasoned shrimp!
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16 rantingindian November 3, 2011 at 9:14 PM

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17 Manu November 4, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Yum! What a great idea for a delicious soup! Your pictures are also so beautiful! I love them!
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18 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Thank you so much for the compliments on photo – I am still learning 🙂

19 Rosa November 4, 2011 at 6:12 AM

A great soup anmd amazing salad! So droolworthy.



20 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Thanks a lot honey 🙂

21 mycookinghut November 4, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Love the look of the soup and definitely a winner for the autumn weather!
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22 Asmita November 4, 2011 at 7:56 AM

I have been craving soups these days. Give me anything with shrimp, I am set. The soup looks delicious.

23 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely compliment 🙂

24 easyfoodsmith November 4, 2011 at 9:11 AM

I am a first timer at your space and loved your posts…this dish looks very appetising…the salad at the end of the post looks delicious!! Nice post 🙂
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25 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments – it truly made my day 🙂

26 Kitchen Belleicious November 4, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Pumpkin soup itself is divine but add in those beautiful shrimp and you have one fantastic dish! Wow! I love it

27 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments 🙂

28 Sophie November 4, 2011 at 1:45 PM

I love your tasty & unique soup a lot!
MMMMMMM,…A divine dish & a lovely fab presentation too!
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29 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Thanks a lot honey. Do try the recipe and let me know how it tastes 🙂

30 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Thanks a lot honey, truly appreciate the compliments 🙂

31 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 4, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Now you make me very hungry. VERY. I love this pumpkin soup. The fact that you can even drink it cold sounds nice too. My husband always like meat and seafood in the soup (not just veggies) so adding this delicious marinated shrimps will be a nice little surprise for him. 🙂
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32 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Hahaha! Thanks honey, you are too kind 🙂

33 Ashley - Baker by Nature November 5, 2011 at 12:00 AM

I’m pretty sure once I try this it will gain favorite status: pumpkin and shrimp are always a win win.
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34 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Thanks girl – do try and let me know how it tastes 🙂

35 Khushboo November 5, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Pumpkin & shrimp…sounds likes a heavenly combo! While you’re still on your pumpkin kick, you must try it with goat cheese (preferably in the form of risotto)–> you won’t look back! I’ve been making (and enjoying) a mixed vegetable stew with kidney beans and turkey mixed in…so hearty! And yes, I am still eating it despite how hot the temperatures in Mumbai currently are ;)!
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36 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Thanks for the suggestion honey – I am trying to research a particular brand of goat cheese. We had tried tasting once before, and didn’t like it. I love your hearty stew ideas 🙂

37 Lisa November 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM

This soup sounds wonderful! I love all the ingredients—and I have yet to make soup this year, so it should be this one! Usually I shoot for a butternut squash soup, but pumpkin creaminess sounds good, and I love shrimp!
Thanks for sharing 🙂

38 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting, love 🙂 Do try this recipe and let me know how it tastes!

39 Nazarina November 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM

I have never paired shrimp & pumpkin before, definitely now after seeing these gorgeous pictures!

40 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments dear 🙂

41 anh@anhsfoodblog.com November 6, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I really like the idea of yoghurt pumpkin soup!
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42 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting 🙂

43 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy November 6, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I always look forward to your oats & pumpkin recipes. This soup with grilled shrimp (Mmmm..) looks amazing. I have never combines the two but I think I m going to love it!
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44 Kiran November 7, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Thank you so much honey – your words literally made my day 😀

45 Georgie November 7, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Oh my, this is a beautiful recipe! Beautiful food, colors and photo’s!
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46 Kiran November 11, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Thank you so much for the compliment dear – truly made my day 🙂

47 Clara January 8, 2012 at 10:53 PM

That’s look like a delicious menu. that seem a good test
thanks for share.
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