Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Thai Pumpkin Soup
Recipe type: Lunch
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1kg/2lb 4oz pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 400ml/14fl oz/scant 1⅔ cups coconut milk
  • 550ml/19fl oz/scant 2¼ cups gluten-, yeast- and dairy-free vegetable stock, or vegetable stock made from gluten-, yeast- and dairy-free stock powder
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 handful chopped coriander leaves
  • 100g/3½oz peanuts, chopped (optional)
  • Red Curry Paste:
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 2 large red chillies, deseeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1cm/½in piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, chopped
  • 1 small handful coarsely chopped coriander leaves and stems
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  1. To make the curry paste, heat a heavy-based frying pan over a low heat. Add the cumin seeds and coriander seeds and dry-fry for 2–3 minutes until they start to brown. Keep the seeds moving all the time so they do not burn.
  2. Remove from the heat and grind to a fine powder using a pestle and mortar or electric hand-held mini blender. Place in a liquidizer or food processor.
  3. Peel and coarsely chop the bottom half of the lemongrass stalks and add, along with chillies, shallots, ginger and garlic. Blend well. Add the shrimp paste, kaffir lime leaves, coriander and the oils, and blend to form a fairly smooth paste.
  4. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over a low heat. Add the shallots and cook for 2–3 minutes until just starting to turn golden brown.
  5. Stir in the curry paste and add the pumpkin, coconut milk and stock. Turn up the heat slightly and bring to a gentle boil, then turn the heat down, cover with a lid and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the pumpkin is soft. Add the fish sauce to taste and the lime juice just at the end.
  6. Blend the mixture in the pan using an electric blender to make a smooth soup. Alternatively, blend the soup in a liquidizer or food processor, return to the pan and heat through. Pour into bowls, sprinkle with the coriander and peanuts, if you like, and serve.
Recipe by Grace Cheetham at