Pumpkin, Prawns And Coconut Soup (Thai)

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Delicious pumpkin, prawn and coconut soup

Delicious pumpkin, prawn and coconut soup

If there’s any food that I would love to eat over and over again apart from all the wonderful Malaysian food, I would give a thumb up for Thai food. If you love lemon grass, galangal, ginger, turmeric, chilies, lemon and coconut, you would love Thai food too. They are good ingredients for health too. Divina has just posted a very good article on the benefits of  turmeric, ginger and lemon on her blog, Sense and Serendipity. She showed how to make a lovely tea from them.

I ate a few times at Thai restaurants and was overwhelmed by the fine, awesome taste and aroma of it’s many dishes, especially the soups. I decided to try Pumpkin, Prawn And Coconut Soup, Thai Style, the day before. It was very delicious. My whole family liked it very much. Here’s my recipe to share.

Ingredients A
900g pumpkin (peel and cut into big chunks)
500g prawns (I used ready peeled)
2C water
a handful of coriander (wash and chopped)

Big raw prawns

Big raw prawns

Ingredients B
3 pieces of lemon grass (mash)
1 big onion (peel and chop)
1/2 whole garlic (peel and chop)
1 knob of ginger (wash and slice)
1 chili (optional)

Fry the spices

Fry the spices

Add pumpkin and water to spices

Add pumpkin and water to spices

Heat up some oil in a pot or frying pan. It’s easier to use a pot as you can just add the rest into it.  Put in all the Ingredients B and fry until fragrant. Then add in the pumpkin pieces and the water. Cook until the pumkin is cooked. Add in the coriander, prawns and Ingredients C. Let it boil again until the prawns are cooked. Adjust according to your taste. Serve hot. It goes great with rice, or even alone by itself.

Ingredients C
2t sugar
1T fish sauce
juice of 1/2 lemon
200ml coconut cream

Add the rest of the ingredients

Add the rest of the ingredients

This is such a lovely soup. I hope you will try it out. I hope to learn other Thai dish and I’ll share with you.

Do you like Thai food? What are your favourite Thai dishes? Do you cook Thai? What is your favourite ingredient in Thai food? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other soup recipes that you may be interested:
Chicken And Winter Melon Soup
Chicken Tonic Soup
Nutritious Ginger Wine Chicken Soup

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31 Comments

Divina  on November 4th, 2009

What a wonderful soup. I’m supposed to do a post about the ingredients that you’ve added - the tom yum soup with prawns. But I don’t have the ingredients yet. I love Thai food. Anything with curry is great but not everyday. Their salads are refreshing. Desserts won’t be a miss. This soup is great for a cool weather like yours. Very fragrant and flavorful from all the healing ingredients.

Shirley  on November 4th, 2009

Great combination and blend and indeed healthy!

sherrie  on November 4th, 2009

Love this soup! It’s fantastic. I love the lemon grass flavour in it.

kristy  on November 4th, 2009

I seldom make Thai food and this sounds really delish! I love Thai mango salad the most and of coz not to forget the famous Thai pineapple rice. Already salivating just thinking of them! hehe…

3hungrytummies  on November 4th, 2009

oh Mary I’m so glad all my friends here are cooking Thai food!! looks very delicious!!

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on November 4th, 2009

Sure, love Thai foods. Thumbs up.
They have wonderful combination of all these ingredients, lemon grass, galangal, ginger, turmeric, chilies, lemon and coconut. Don’t know why they are so clever in cooking with these things.

Your soup looks lovely and yummy. One Thai soup that I can’t take is Tom Yum Stock. Too hot for me! :P

Nirvana  on November 4th, 2009

What a wonderful recipe! I’ve been meaning to try making a new type of soup and this looks like it may be it! :)

Mary  on November 4th, 2009

@Divina - I’m craving for all the Thai food that you mentioned. Tom Yam is also one that I would love to cook. Ate it at a Thai restaurant recently and they made it very mild for us. It was soooo gooood that I’m still thingking a lot about it.

@Shirley - Have to agree that the various combination in Thai food blends so beautifully. I will have to venture into more Thai food.

@Sherrie - Oh….I am a great fan of lemon grass like you. I think one of these days, I am going to make a lemon grass drink. I’m sure it will taste awesome.

@Kristy - You make drool now with the mention of more Thai food. I’m going to have a sleepless night dreaming about them now….LOL

3hungrytummies - Awwww….you are so lucky all your friends cook Thai food. I want to move to your place!! At least I have one dish to contribute….LOL

@Christine - Totally agree with you that Thais are excellent in their brilliant ways to combine and create beautiful flavours. Their food is just so famous internationally. I also can’t take hot tom yam but the mild one is awesome.

@Nirvana - This is a very lovely soup. Hope you try it soon. My family loves it very much. I’ll be cooking it often.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on November 4th, 2009

Squash in thai soup is one of my favourite week day suppers. If you’ve got the squash and keep some king prawns in the freezer, most of the other stuff you need is usually in the fridge or the storecupboard. I have to rely on frozen as sadly fishmongers are scarce in the UK these days and even my nearest one only sells frozen prawns. I make occasional treks to London’s only Thai supermarket in Shepherds Bush to buy lime leaves (which freeze well) and fresh thai spice mixes. Have you seen Nigella Lawson’s thai soups? She does something very similar in Nigella Bites and Nigella Express.

Sanjana  on November 4th, 2009

Mary what a lovely recipe! I would love to substitute the prawns for tofu or even some mushrooms! Great job! As you already know, I am a Thai food ADDICT! I don’t know if I can choose a favourite Thai ingredient but I ADORE the combination of red chillies, garlic and holy basil. Yummy!

Drick  on November 4th, 2009

great, great soup recipe………oh, I scheduled today’s recipe a while back, so when you sat drooling over the sauce photo, it was the wrong one, had to go back and change it - you saw seafood sauce, not creole sauce…thanks for the comment…

Mary  on November 4th, 2009

@Sarah - I always buy frozen prawns from Costco. So far I find them very good, especially the tiger prawns. I can also buy some of the spices from a Chinese supermarket, though not much choice. I often buy to freeze them, too. I need to check out Nigella Lawson’s thai dishes. I’m sure I can learn something from there too. Thanks for sharing.

@Sanjana - I’m sure that mushrooms or tofu to substitute prawns would make it equally delicious. I think I would put in both. I hope to come out with more Thai food. I just love them.

@Drick - Thanks for compliment. Oh … you naughty boy…you make me drool over the wrong recipe of your prawn sauce :( I would love to see the creole sauce. Am sure it’s awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Gori  on November 4th, 2009

looks yummy!!

Tangled Noodle  on November 4th, 2009

Thanks for such a great recipe! I’ve promised myself that I’m going to use more pumpkin and squash this season, and your soup is a fantastic way to do so. We love Thai food but I’ve only made it at home using pre-mixed spices and pastes; otherwise, we usually go to a restaurant. This is a nice way to incorporate into our home menu! 8-)

Mary  on November 4th, 2009

@Kathy - Thanks for comment. Hope you try it soon. It’s very delicious.

@Tangled Noodles - Thanks for sharing. Like you, I used to go to Thai restaurants if I want to eat Thai food. I’m just so glad that I learned my first Thai dish, moreover using all fresh ingredients. Quite proud of myself. I really love the soup. Hope you try it soon.

joylicious  on November 4th, 2009

it is so funny you posted this recipe. My best friend is currently in Brazil and he texted me the other day exclaiming he had the best dinner ever and it was a combination of pumpkin and shrimp. I spent a long time trying to figure out how it was cooked but he is not exactly the best describer — “it had shrimp..with pumpkin…in this really yummy sauce”…HMMM??? hahaha when he gets back in town I am definitely making this for him, it sounds delicious. I think my favorite thai curry is the red curry (extra spicy) :) Thanks for sharing!

Simply Life  on November 4th, 2009

Oh my, this looks like a soup I could eat every day and never get bored of!

Jeannie  on November 5th, 2009

Hmmm…this looks good! One thing I do not like is peeling the pumpkin! Maybe I can substitute that with some other vegetable? I love Thai green curry too.

Mary  on November 5th, 2009

@Joylicious - LOL…thanks for sharing. I think men love to eat but generally poor in describing. My hubby has no clue about many ingredients. He just enjoys eating. You’ll only hear 3 words probably…’this is gooood!’I would love very spicy too but trying to cut down the heat.

@Simply Life - I am probably like you. It’s still deep in my thoughts. I need to cook it again too.

@Jeannie - I find that it’s very easy to peel the pumpkin if you have a very sharp cleaver. Otherwise you can also use butternut squash which has rather thin skin. Good idea to try with other vegetables. I love green curry too. Hope to cook it one day…soon.

Stacy  on November 5th, 2009

Pumpkin and shrimp sound so good. I could eat a bowl right now!

Cookin' Canuck  on November 5th, 2009

I am salivating over this recipe! I really can’t wait to try it.

Mary  on November 6th, 2009

@Stacy - that’s what happened to me…..ate 3 bowls!! Couldn’t believe myself that I ate so much.

@Cookin’ Canuck - I bet when you try it, you are going to like it and cook again very soon. I really love the beautiful combination of flavour

rabbittrick  on November 6th, 2009

ooh, what a great recipe! Great for rainy days, to snuggle in with and watch some telly :D

Mary  on November 6th, 2009

@rabbittrick - You are absolutely right. It’s very warming on a cold day and brings cheer to other rainy, cloudy, gloomy days. It’s just so delicious.

Divina  on November 6th, 2009

I almost forgot. thanks for the mention of the tea. :)

Mary  on November 6th, 2009

@Divina - oh…you are most welcome. You wrote a very good article on the benefits of spices.

Janice  on November 7th, 2009

I just saw this on one of my Thai cookbook and it looks exactly like this, great job and I love this dish.

Mary  on November 7th, 2009

@Janice - Thanks for sharing. You can start cooking a lot of Thai food now and eat your heart’s out. I really love the beautiful flavour of Thai food.

Debi(TableTalk)  on November 9th, 2009

I’ve been looking for new ways to use pumpkin, and this soup is just what I’m after–thanks!

Mary  on November 10th, 2009

@Debi - I still have one more pumpkin. Hope to cook this dish again soon. I love pumpin or butternut squash. They are such healthy vegetables. It tastes really good cooking it this way. Hope you try it soon.

LeQuan  on March 23rd, 2011

aaaack! i want ot try this!!!!!! can i make this with butternut squash, or will it taste weird? i buy it already cut from costco b/c i’m lazy like that. i don’t know where to get already cut pumpkin, but if i have to i will cut my own.

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