Sunday, 18 July 2010

RECIPE: Thai-Styled Red Curry Pumpkin Soup

By popular demand, here is the recipe for Robyn's soup at this month's class:

2tbsp peanut oil
1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
2-4 tsp red curry paste
3 cups vegetable stock
1.3kg butternut (or JAP) pumpkin, peeled, seeded, coarsley chopped
2 kaffir lime leaves
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves
Optional: 20 green prawns, peeled, leaving tails intact

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook, stirring for 3 minutes or until soft.  Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until aromatic.

Stir in the stock and bring to the boil.  Add the pumpkin and lime leaves.  Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.

Transfer half the pumpkin soup to a blender and blend until smooth.  Transfer the soup to a clean saucepan.

Repeat with the remaining pumpkin mixture.

Place over low heat and add the coconut milk.  Stir for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

If using prawns - heat the remaining oil in a large frypan over high heat.

Add the prawns and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until they curl and change colour.

Ladle the soup into shallow bowls.  Top with the prawns and coriander and serve.

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