Best pumpkin soup ever, Malaysian-style.


Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins
1 hr 30 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Reserve cilantro leaves for garnish. Place cilantro stems in a food processor and add chile peppers, lime zest, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, five-spice powder, and cumin. Blend to a pulp; remove and discard any stringy bits and transfer mixture to a high-sided skillet. Add olive oil and white onion. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 10 minutes.

  • Add pumpkin and broth to the skillet. Stir around, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of the skillet. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, until pumpkin is soft, about 15 minutes. Add rice and stir well so that pumpkin gets mashed up a bit. Cover and simmer until rice is tender, 15 to 20 minutes more. Add coconut milk and season with salt and pepper. Stir in lime juice to taste. Garnish with reserved cilantro leaves, green chile pepper, and grated coconut.

Cook's Notes:

You can use butternut or acorn squash in place of the pumpkin, if you prefer chicken stock in place of vegetable broth.

Serve the soup in warmed bowls or pour it back into the pumpkin shell. If you're going to do that, put the pumpkin shell in the oven to warm it through first. It's a great show-stopper for dinner parties.

Nutrition Facts

362 calories; protein 5.8g; carbohydrates 33.9g; fat 25.2g; sodium 202.7mg. Full Nutrition