The Simple Way To Give Your Pumpkin Soup Robust Indian Flavors

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Eating a delicious bowl of pumpkin soup is a great way to warm your stomach and your soul. With so many pumpkin-flavored foods dominating menus, especially throughout autumn, you may be wondering how to make this soup stand out from the usual crowd. One way we recommend reinvigorating pumpkin soup is by spicing it up with seasonings often used in Indian cuisine.

Pumpkin may seem like an all-American vegetable, especially since it originated in North and Central America, but it has taken on a life of its own in countries overseas as well. India in particular has several popular dishes that incorporate pumpkin, like kaddu ki sabzi. As such, it's not a stretch to imagine that pumpkin soup would be improved with the addition of spices used heavily in the cuisine, such as turmeric and cardamom. These strong, warm spices brighten the mellow flavor of the pumpkin and highlight its sweetness, elevating the best parts of the dish while also transforming it into something unique. The best part is that you don't need to make any substitutes for this addition to work — Indian spices are often used in conjunction with one another and so they play nicely with the simple seasonings already present in most pumpkin soup recipes.

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Experiment With Spice Blends And Garnishes

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When it comes to selecting spices to use in your Indian-inspired pumpkin soup, pay attention to how the cuisine uses different spices to achieve distinct flavor profiles. Spices like cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and ginger have more floral and herbaceous tasting notes, while spices like cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, and mustard seed tend to be more earthy and piquant. How you employ these spices, and in what amount, can take your soup from light and sweet to heavy and bold. If you're nervous about developing your own spice mix, you can choose from traditional blends such as garam masala, which is warm and fragrant, or achar masala, which is spicy and savory.

Finish off your pumpkin soup with more ingredients used in Indian dishes to tie the whole meal together. Garnish the soup with a dollop of yogurt, a slice of fresh ginger or lime, or pickled onions to bring a touch of acidity. When it comes to accoutrements, serve the soup alongside a basket of naan instead of bread, or with a plate of basmati rice over which the soup can be spooned. These touches will take your pumpkin soup from an everyday autumn gimmick to a well-thought-out fusion masterpiece.

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