Thai spiced (almost) pumpkin soup


This is a recipe to incorporate two of what I thought were my least favourite things… store bought curry paste and gramma – a close relative of the pumpkin. Or probably its inbred cousin.


This recipe came about because someone I may or may not work with likes to buy Thai curry pastes in a big ol’ tub. I, however, like to make these things myself cos I think I am a little bit (or heaps) more special. But I also have a problem with wastage so I can never bring myself to throw these things out. So this week I decided to use one of the tubs of curry paste that may or maynot appear in my fridge and/or coolroom. This is Jessica Fletcher shit right here. Sinister and all sorts of degrees of mysterious…


The end product was good. I felt like I may have cheated on my morals a little, but this is a perfect recipe for quick and easy winter warmth.


I have realised the virtues of the gramma, and a decent, store bought curry paste. Even though I will not start buying them cos I still think I am heaps more special than that…



1 large gramma or pumpkin, peeled, de-seeded and cut into chunks

3-4 tbls mussaman curry paste

1 tin coconut cream

3 kaffir lime leaves

1-2 tbls fish sauce

2 tbls tamarind pulp or lime juice

fresh chilli if you want some proper spice

  • Cook the curry paste on a medium heat until it smells fragrant
  • Add the gramma, the coconut cream and enough water to not quite cover the gramma
  • Simmer for 30 minutes or until soft
  • Blitz until smooth
  • Return to the heat with all other ingredients, simmer for a further 5 minutes
  • Check seasoning
  • A bit of chopped coriander would do all sorts of good things right now



There you go. That shit was easier than a group of drunken nineteen year old girls.

7 responses to “Thai spiced (almost) pumpkin soup”

  1. YUM!!!

    yep, done this one before; it’s a GREAT one. also, i have made it with white sweet potatoe (the one that is purple in the middle. i can never remember if you call it purple or white depending on the skin or the flesh?) …and you get a lilac purple soup; very interesting and definitely sparked an eyebrow raise when i served it to the lad 🙂

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