Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pumpkin and dried pea soup

Creamy delicious vegan pumpkin and dried  pea soup #VegetarianSoup #VeganSoup #FallSoup #Soup #EasySoup #Recipe #FoodPhotography #SimiJoisPhotogarphy


Nothing like a good bowl of soup, I just love soups. I can live on it and never complain. First, it’s just super easy to make, you can have so many variations and it’s literally a meal in itself. And last but not the least it’s the ultimate winter comfort food.

I had some leftover pumpkin from halloween, paired them with dried yellow peas and the result was a fabulous full-bodied flavorful cup of soup.

Looks like a super busy day ahead of me. I have a ton of errands to run, yesterday was cold and wet, so I postponed everything to today. It’s going to be a long day, but had to post this before I did anything else. So I shall run, while you guys enjoy this soup.


For Soup
1 cup dried yellow peas*, you can use the green too (vatana) soaked for 2-3 hours
2 cups cubed pumpkin ( the bright orange one)
1 big tomato
1 small red onion
1 inch ginger
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 cup vegetable broth

For the masala croutons 
2 slices bread preferably thick crust
1/2 tsp garam masala
chili flakes to taste
salt to taste
zest of lemon
cilantro finely chopped
olive oil

Cook the dried yellow peas in a pressure cooker or slow cooker or on stove top till tender. Keep aside. Make sure the peas are cooked.

Saute the onion, ginger and garlic in olive oil till lightly roasted, add salt and let it sweat, add tomatoes and reduce it, now add the red chili powder and garam masala and let the spices bloom. Blooming is a technique, when you roast the spices in hot oil it releases and amplifies the flavors. Add the chopped pumpkin, roast till it cooks. Now add the cooked peas and roast for a bit.

Now pour the veggie broth and let it boil for a minute. Puree the mixture, adjust the spices and salt and the consistency of soup. Add more broth if you find it too thick.

Garnish with the masala croutons and serve hot.

Masala croutons

Slice the bread into squares - bite size. Heat olive oil, add spices and let the spices bloom - do not burn the spices. Add the bread and roast on low flame. Add zest of lime and cilantro and toss. Use with soup.

*Dried yellow peas should not be confused to split peas. Yellow peas is peas that have been dried. 

#VegetarianSoup #VeganSoup #FallSoup #Soup #EasySoup #Recipe #FoodPhotography #SimiJoisPhotogarphy

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  1. Yes..please pass on this yum soup to me....its much needed here in Bangalore now
    Beautiful Captures <3 <3 :)

  2. Just gorgeous! I am a massive soup fan too and once the temperature begin to drop soups are my go to meals. I just came home with a pumpkin for guess what? SOUP! Lovely images too!

  3. Are those your hands Simi?? Your pictures are stunning as usual - I am not sure how you do - but every time you outdo ourself and every single post is so unique! I also love soup :)

  4. Your soup looks so comforting and it is feast for my eyes and tummy

  5. I can just spend hours gazing at your photographs. Inspires me to shoot better. Well done. Its long since I had soup. Will make some soon.

  6. Such a comforting soup ...perfect for the weather now...And such gorgeous pics...really a feast for the eyes and a reason to leave me hungry :)

  7. I have no words left to describe your pictures but I have to say something it's stunning beautifully captured. Soups are a must in this part of the world too😀.


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