Pumpkin and Lentil Soup Recipe

Pumpkin and Lentil Soup


  • 1/2 butternut pumpkin. peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 knob of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 200g red lentils

Onion topping

  • 1 onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp canola oil

How to make Pumpkin and Lentil Soup

  1. Place garlic, onion, ginger, lentils and water in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to boil before adding turmeric powder, chili flakes and a pinch of salt flakes. Lower heat and let mixture simmer for 20 minutes, covered.
  2. Meanwhile, place pumpkin in a large pot of water. Bring water to boil and keep it boiling till pumpkin pieces are tender, about 10 minutes. When that’s done, turn heat off and drain pumpkin.
  3. Bring lentil mixture back to boil and let boil for 5 minutes, uncovered. Turn heat off and add pumpkin in. Let cool for a bit before blending the soup to a puree, in batches.
  4. To make onion topping Heat oil in a medium frying pan. Add onion rings and fry till they soften and start to turn colour. Add garlic slices in and fry till onion rings are golden brown. Reheat pumpkin soup and serve with onion topping and slices of crusty bread. Serves 4
  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    ohhhh delicious! I don't know why, I love eating pumpkin soup in restaurants but have never tried making it myself...

  • thecoffeesnob
    thecoffeesnob says

    You know not until i started making pumpkin soup, i never had it freshly made- yup, always out of a can :) Anyway soup making really doesn't get much easier than simmer, stir and blend :)

  • veggieheart
    veggieheart says

    this looks so yumm, especially with the onion topping, this will go on my must try list.

  • felipemaxim
    felipemaxim says

    great picture!

  • worldpeas
    worldpeas says

    the color! the color! pretty :)

  • felipemaxim
    felipemaxim says

    I've tried it. It's good, but has too much turmeric in the final taste. What if you add orange or lemon zest in step 1 and only 1/2 tsp turmeric plus 1/4 tsp garam masala and 1/4 tsp cumin?

  • felipemaxim
    felipemaxim says

    Maybe a good squeeze of orange juice in the onion garnish, too

  • thecoffeesnob
    thecoffeesnob says

    Thanks, guys! :) felipemaxim- i could barely taste the turmeric- probably because i like my food really well spiced- but that sounds like a wonderful idea idea.

  • heidileon
    heidileon says

    I'm such a big, big fan of pumpkin soup. I'll try your recipe NOW! ;-)

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