Scandinavian Pumpkin and Potato Soup

Today, I am going to talk about a topic that is increasingly becoming important to me – buying locally.

When I started off my life in Australia as a new migrant, my shopping habits were similar to scores of others – buy decently good products at the lowest price possible without a care where or how the product is sourced. But as my life evolved here, especially as my blogging journey took off, I started to become more aware of where my products came from, especially the produce and food I eat.

The benefits of buying local produce are immense. To start with, it is an immense boost to the local economy. It is giving back to the community, to the farmers, who toil so hard and relentlessly to bring us the best food possible.

It is about eating healthy; local and seasonal produce are much fresher and likely to have lesser chemicals than the ones bought in from other countries.

It is about supporting local and small business owners who are being forced to shut up shop due to the pressure of competing with foreign businesses and not finding enough customers for their produce.

I know that locally sourced produce can sometimes be slightly more expensive and there is no dearth for cheap imports too. And I also know money is important to all of us. But if you are willing to look around, attend local farmer’s market than big chain supermarkets or food stores, you will find plenty of produce for reasonable prices that fit right into your budget.

And sometimes, it is ok to spend a few extra cents or dollars; look at the long term and not the short term benefits. So which ever part of the world you live in, take a little effort to find out where your food comes from and do your bit to support local farmers and businesses.

So, that’s what I did for this recipe; visited the nearby farmer’s market and bought a couple of locally grown small pumpkins and potatoes.

Today’s recipe is a rich, creamy, luscious, Scandinavian pumpkin and potato soup flavoured with coconut milk, toasted sesame seeds and red chillies.

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A simple and easy to make soup with robust flavours; you could call it a winter soup as it is a hearty and warming dish. But for me, it works in all seasons; I could enjoy a bowl of soup at any time of the day in any season.

For me, the highlight of this soup is the toasted sesame seeds, chillies and coriander leaf garnish. Silky smooth, creamy, sweet pumpkin and potato soup, flavoured with nutty sesame seeds, fiery chillies and the freshness of coriander leaves.

Recipe Courtesy – Le Creuset, The Scandinavian Way to Cook

Here’s how you prepare Scandinavian pumpkin and potato soup;

Ingredients:

1. 500gm small pumpkin, diced
2. 3 large potatoes, diced
3. 4 garlic cloves, peeled
4. 2 medium red onions, diced
5. 2 tbsp olive oil
6. 2 tsp thyme
7. 1 green chilli, finely chopped
8. 2 cups fresh coconut milk
9. 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
10. 2 tbsp lemon juice
11. 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
12. 2 sprigs fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
13. Salt, to taste
14. Freshly milled black pepper, to taste

Method:

1. Heat olive oil in a pan and lightly fry the diced pumpkin, potato, garlic and onions. Add thyme and chopped green chilli. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Add coconut milk and enough water to just cover the vegetables and slow cook for 40-50 minutes till the vegetables are tender and soft.
3. Toast the sesame seeds and keep aside.
4. Cool and blend the soup. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper. (Make sure to taste the soup before seasoning and add accordingly.)
5. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, red chilli and coriander leaves.
6. Serve hot with bread of choice.

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15 thoughts on “Scandinavian Pumpkin and Potato Soup

  1. […] Scandinavian Pumpkin and Potato Soup  […]

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  2. plasterers bristol January 4, 2016 at 9:29 am Reply

    This sounds lovely, will be giving this a try, thanks for sharing.

    Simon

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    • vanyadhanya January 4, 2016 at 9:57 am Reply

      It is indeed a delightful one Simon, hope you enjoy it.

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  3. Bec October 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Oh my this looks delicious! I love soup it’s so comforting and this looks so flavoursome! Bec x

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  4. Nicole - Seeking Victory October 14, 2014 at 1:08 am Reply

    I am coming completely on the same page- buying local is so important. I just wish I could do more of it, working weekends removes most farmers market options for me unfortunately. I do try to buts gifts and so forth from local artists so that helps as well. This soup looks delicious. Keen to give it a go before the weather heats up. X

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    • vanyadhanya October 14, 2014 at 6:29 am Reply

      yes Nicole, I am on a hunt these days, always looking out for boutiques, vintage stores etc…where I can purchase local stuff. Do pass on info as u come across dear.

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  5. Lila October 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm Reply

    This looks delicious!
    I found you via I Spy Plum Pie and am glad I look forward to trying this soup.

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    • vanyadhanya October 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm Reply

      thanks Lila for stopping by and hope u enjoy the journey here.

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  6. I Spy Plum Pie October 13, 2014 at 9:10 am Reply

    Great post – buying local is such an important thing, supporting local businesses and local farmers has such important flow on impacts on the whole community. Another great recipe too! And I shall get back to you re: guest post soon, sorry, been flat out! Thanks for joining in the linkup again!

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    • vanyadhanya October 13, 2014 at 9:35 am Reply

      thanks dear. and its ok, take ur time but give me a dapper post!

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  7. arushiwabisabi October 9, 2014 at 7:25 am Reply

    I just had butternut squash soup last night but am really wanting to try this! It sounds almost Thai with the coconut milk and chillies, looks fantastic 🙂

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    • vanyadhanya October 9, 2014 at 8:07 am Reply

      yes it has got very thai flavours but the chilli kick makes it a bit Indian too

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  8. Aruna Panangipally October 9, 2014 at 1:37 am Reply

    What you say about local produce is so, so true! I rarely shop at supermarkets for fresh veggies and fruits; sometimes they are so tasteless.

    I love pumpkin soup and this is one looks so delicious that ithas been tagged for an immediate trial.:-)

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    • vanyadhanya October 9, 2014 at 8:07 am Reply

      oh u will love it Aruna…the red chillies make it perfectly spicy for us

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