Episodes 1 and 2

Pumpkin and coconut soup

Recipe from Just Cooking in association with Fresh Living


Just Cooking

BBC Lifestyle


• 2 garlic cloves, crushed
• 1 small red onion, chopped
• 1 tsp (5ml) shrimp paste
• 1 stalk lemongrass
• 2 chillies, deseeded
• 600ml chicken stock
• 500g pumpkin cubes
• 1½ cans (600ml) coconut cream
• 3-4 tbsp (45ml) fish sauce
• 1 tsp (5ml) brown sugar
• Milled pepper
• 200g peeled prawns, optional
• Fresh basil or coriander, to serve

Preparation method

  1. Using a mortar and pestle or small blender, grind the first 5 ingredients into a paste.
  2. Heat a little peanut or coconut oil in a large pot, and then fry paste until aromatic (about 3 minutes). Add chicken stock, and stir to dissolve.
  3. Add pumpkin, and simmer until just tender.
  4. Stir in coconut cream, and heat through.
  5. Add the fish sauce, sugar and pepper, to taste.
  6. Add prawns, and cook to heat through.
  7. Scatter with herbs, and serve.