Of all the soups I have had, personally I think our Pumpkin Soup is arguable the best (at least in my household).
The ways of preparation varies base on your liking and can take less
than an hour to prepare. My all time favorite was the traditional way of
preparing it with chicken until I was introduced to the meat-less ital
And so as not to be selfish I am sharing this recipe with you :-)Ital pumpkin soup (if you are a vegetarian or Rastafarian this is right up your ally)
Jamaican Pumpkin Soup Recipe
Pumpkin ( the amount is up to you, there cannot be too much pumpkin bear in mind though that the consistency of the soup is base on the amount of pumpkin used)
Peas -any of your favorite(s)
1 cup coconut milk (it is just not the same with any other milk)
Scallion or onion and thyme
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
hot (whole) pepper to taste
Vegetables of your choice
Yams or dumpling
The preparation is very simple
Cook peas, separate strain and add to cooked mashed pumpkin, add yams, vegetables and dumplings and the coconut milk.
Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for at least 20 minutes or until
cooked. Then add all other ingredient and leave to simmer for a further
Don’t forget the scotch bonnet pepper. And it would be a
good idea to ensure that the pepper doesn’t burst in the pot unless you
like fire coming through your ears.
Allow to cool and dig in :-)
Pictures of pumpkin at a Charles Gordon Market in Jamaica
Meat lovers, no need to feel jilted, this dish can be easily
customized to suit your taste. You can add or remove ingredients (as
long as the pumpkin stays as it is the main ingredient) as you desire.
So feel free to add beef, fish, some chicken or pigs tail to your pumpkin soup. And to make it even more authentic there must be some 'chicken foot' in that soup. Pumpkin soup is just not the same without some chicken foot - yes, it's chicken's feet (lol)!
And to put a new spin on this already delicious creation, you can make it into a smooth soup. Start by:
Removing the meat from the soup and deboning or you could debone the meat before cooking
soup in blender and puree for a minute - blending for too long will
cause the soup to be a bit frothy. Pour into your favorite bowl and
Editor's note:Today you can find Jamaican pumpkin soup in ready made packages & sachets not only in Jamaica, but overseas as well. Geddes, Maggi and Grace are notable Jamaican brands that package this Jamaican delight. They have, for example, pumpkin beef soup & pumpkin chicken soup.
If you are overseas, check with your local Jamaican or Caribbean grocery store, chances are they'll have it!