Thai Yellow Curry Pumpkin Soup

by Kiran on December 10, 2013 · 37 comments

in Appetizer, Soups


I’m out from a short hiatus. It’s been a very refreshing and much needed break. And boy, we had a fun one for sure. There’s nothing like a Big Fat Indian Wedding fun!!

Thai Yellow Curry Pumpkin Soup |

Catching a cold, fever and cough was inevitable with all the traveling and lack of sleep. A pot of hot soup simmered with delicate spices is what we are all craving at the moment.

Let’s just say, light and comforting food is what we all need after days of heavy and delicious feast.

Thai Yellow Curry Pumpkin Soup |

To cut the story short: we are still traveling but with excess baggage that includes falling ill. Dreaming for a huge bowl of this pumpkin soup.

Thai Yellow Curry Pumpkin Soup |

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  • 1 small sweet pumpkin — halved and roasted at 400F for 30 minutes
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 heaping tbsp lemongrass puree
  • 1/2 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1.5 cups of roasted pumpkin puree
  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth

Homemade red curry paste:

  • 2 Thai red chilies
  • 1.5 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  1. Scoop out cooled roasted pumpkin flesh. Puree in a food processor until smooth. Measure 1.5 cups and keep aside.
  2. Heat a large saucepan on medium. Add all ingredients for homemade red curry paste into a bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Add coconut oil and minced shallot. Fry for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Sprinkle in turmeric powder, garlic and ginger paste. Cook for another minute before adding lemongrass puree and homemade red curry paste. Stir and cook lemongrass and red curry paste until fragrant.
  5. Add roasted pumpkin puree and stir to combine. Drizzle in coconut milk and vegetable broth. Stir to combine, bring soup to a boil and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve soup hot with a drizzle of coconut milk and garnish with mint leaves, chives and red chilies.


Thai Yellow Curry Pumpkin Soup |

Off to tend to the Husband’s cold, fever and cough. Have a great week ahead and keep warm 🙂

What’s your comfort food on a very chilly day?


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1 Honey What's Cooking December 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Yum Kiran. I’ve never had Pumpkin Soup but this looks so delicious! Are you back? I also love your recipe for the Thai Curry Paste, I haven’t attempted making it on my own. 🙂
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2 jehanne December 10, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Aww, poor u..i know how it feels as I am also down with bad cold that didn’t go away, but I didnt have the pleasure of holidays! This soup is enticing, there is always a wedge of pumpkin hidden in my this is fated to be my dinner soon! take care Kiran..xx
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3 Kitchen Belleicious December 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM

YUM! Curry and pumpkin- what a wonderful and yet surprising combo of flavors!
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4 Rosa December 11, 2013 at 2:44 AM

Delicious! I love those flavors.




5 Monica December 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

This is just gorgeous! I love soup – all kinds – but all the better when it looks this good. Feel better!
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6 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You December 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Did you say CURRY? Sign me in…In a soup, it is even better in this chilled weather. Lovely pics, Kiran!
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7 Ash-foodfashionparty December 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Glad you had a great time.
The curry looks delicious and your pictures never fail to impress.


8 easyfoodsmith December 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I am sure this pumpkin soup would have provided you with much needed comfort. It looks superb. Hoping you had a great time on your holiday 🙂
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9 Ashley December 11, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I hope that you all feel better soon. As much as I love traveling, I seem to always get sick! This soup looks delicious – perfect for when you’re feeling a little under the weather : )
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10 Shashi @ December 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Kiran – your pictures are GORGEOUS! Wow!
Soup sounds wonderful – I didnt even know you could buy lemongrass puree!!! I could imagine how good this smelt!
Nothing like soup to help thaw one out on a cold day!
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11 Maria | Pink Patisserie December 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Welcome back! So glad to hear you’ve had a great time, all that fun can be exhausting, I know! What a lovely bowl of comforting goodness. Feel better soon!
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12 Lizzy (Good Things) December 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Kiran, firstly get well soon…. and now to your soup. Wow! Roasting brings out the full flavour of the pumpkin… I could grab a spoon and dive in. : )
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13 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health December 11, 2013 at 2:46 PM

i have been craving pho lately. hope you both feel better soon 🙂 and love that homemade curry paste.
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14 Nik@ABrownTable December 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Glad to hear you are back Kiran and that you had a great time. Hope your husband gets better soon. The soup colors are vibrant and gorgeous!


15 Consuelo @ Honey & Figs December 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Ooh sorry to hear you got a cold, those are terrible! Though soups like this would improve the situation, right? It looks so delish and comforting… and the pictures are stunning too ;–)
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16 John@Kitchen Riffs December 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Such a bummer to get sick when you’re traveling! I hate that. This soup looks incredibly good, though – good stuff. Thanks.
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17 Tandy | Lavender and Lime December 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Hope you both feel better soon!
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18 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 12, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Such a comforting soup, hope you all are on the mend!
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19 Kelly December 12, 2013 at 6:47 AM

This pumpkin soup looks so comforting and perfect to warm up with or sip on while your sick. Hope you feel better soon, it’s tough falling ill when you are travelling 🙁 Take care and safe travels Kiran 🙂


20 Sophie33 December 12, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Mmmmmm,…a lovely home-made curry roasted pumpkin coconut milk soup. I love it too,…Who wouldn’t????? X
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21 Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style December 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

I love the color of this soup, Kiran!
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22 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ December 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Welcome back! Glad to hear you had fun. Get well soon (I bet this amazing soup will do the magic) and enjoy your trip!
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23 Rika December 12, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Beautiful and vibrant colors from the Thai Yellow Curry & Pumpkin soup. I hope your husband feels better soon! My comfort food on a very chilly day is either hot & sour noodle soup or baked vegan mac & cheese.


24 Ina gawne December 13, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Looks scrumptious Kiran. Love the photos too. Just made a thai curry squash soup last week…perfect comfort soup when feeling under the weather! 🙂
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25 Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen December 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM

This looks delicious! And I adore the presentation in the little pumpkins – so cute and festive!
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26 PolaM December 14, 2013 at 2:12 AM

I think I will try to make this tomorrow! I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it on instagram!
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27 Raymund December 16, 2013 at 4:27 AM

You added a really nice twist to the classic pumpkin soup, now my pumpkin soups will never be boring anymore
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28 Amy @ Elephant Eats December 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Wow, I love the color of this soup! I hope you’re feeling better 🙁


29 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence December 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Such a lovely soup!! I’m with ya – on a cold day, I love a warm bowl of soup. Especially pho or some sort of chicken noodle.
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30 Lori December 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM

I love pumpkin soup and this Thai twist makes it even better. So many of my favorite ingredients in this recipe. Such a lovely, delicious bowl of soup!
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31 Marilyn March 6, 2016 at 7:51 AM

This Pumpkin Curry soup looks divinely Nutrient Dense, & wonderfully nourishing, whether enjoying it for healthy or recovering from an illness purposes. And since we eat “with our eyes,” the colors will make it all the more inviting and delicious.

Since fresh pumpkin is out of season, how much canned pumpkin would be an equivalent? Also are the pastes and puree readily available in supermarkets or does this mean shopping at a natural foods store?


32 Kiran March 9, 2016 at 6:49 PM

Hi Marilyn,
Thank you so much for the compliment on this soup!

Use the same amount of canned pumpkin puree as stated in the recipe for fresh. The pastes and puree are readily available at grocery stores (I shopped at Publix) but you can always sub for a stalk of fresh lemongrass, use fresh ginger and garlic in place of paste. Make it your own!

Let me know how it works out for you 🙂


33 Mary September 7, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Hello, thanks for the recipe. I’m not familiar with lemongrass purée. Do you just buy lemongrass and purée it in your Vitamix with a little liquid? Also, is it necessary for the flavor? Will some lemon juice work instead?

Thank you, Mary


34 Kiran September 8, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Hi Mary — I get lemongrass puree from the market here but you could just use 1 whole stalk of fresh lemongrass, finely diced. Lemongrass is essential for the authenticity of Thai yellow curry flavor, but you could easily sub it with lemon juice. It will not taste the same though. Good luck and bon appetit!


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