Shobha's Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Cream

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Shobhana Chetty

Meet Shobhana Chetty, also known as Shobha by friends and family. We have known each other for many decades and our husbands are first cousins. We are now grandparents as well.

Shobha is a school teacher and has been living in New South Wales, Australia, for several years, having emigrated from South Africa. She has always had excellent taste in home decor and her skills as a cook are well known.

When I was just a fledgling cook, Shobha turned out the the most delicious & impressive looking food, be it the main meal, desserts or cookies. That is why I was so glad that Shobha submitted some of her recipes for publication.

We feature a few of Shobha's recipes. Some of them are for large amounts, so adjust the recipes to suit the quantities that work best for you. A few of the the measures are in kilograms, a kilo is equal to 2.2 pounds. Here is a link where you can easily convert kilograms to pounds and vice-versa. Convert Kilograms and Pounds

The recipe for Pumpkin Soup has many rich ingredients like cream, butter and full cream milk. I am sure it will be okay to indulge in this soup occasionally or make it for a special event. Here is Shobha's recipe for Spicy Pumpkin Soup.



  1. 2 kg pumpkin, peel & cut into chunks
  2. 1 medium sized onion, sliced
  3. 1 litre full-cream milk
  4. 2 tbsps. oil
  5. 125g. butter
  6. ½ tsp. cumin powder
  7. ½ tsp. black pepper
  8. 1" stick of cinnamon
  9. 5 cloves garlic
  10. 1 tblsp. sugar
  11. salt to taste
  12. 1 dry red chili-optional
  13. ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  14. sour cream or fresh cream-to garnish
  15. fresh Parsley finely chopped-to garnish


  1. Heat oil in a deep pot & add onions. Fry onions until “glassy”
  2. Add pumpkin & cook for about 10 min. until soft-add a cup of water to prevent burning
  3. Add the ingredients, 6-12 & milk. Simmer for about 30 min., until all the pumpkin is soft. Then add butter and nutmeg. Continue to simmer–5 min.
  4. Remove the cinnamon stick and using a stick blender (or in a liquidizer) blend all ingredients until smooth. Adding more milk will will thin the soup
  5. Garnish with parsley & a blob of sour cream/fresh cream, just before serving

For more of Shoba's recipes check:

Mince Kebaabs

Shobha's Easy Baked Beans

Shobha's Vegetable Biryani

Shobha's Pea Dhall

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