Moroccan Pumpkin soup

moroccansoup Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric which is reported to be one of the top cancer fighting spices.

My Moroccan Pumpkin Soup is a recipe which I designed for those wanting to increase their intake of curcumin.

 

 

Increasing your absorption of curcumin 

Unfortunately, curcumin is reported to have a low bio-availbility (ie. it is not easily absorbed by our bodies).  After a little research, I found many articles and reports which conclude that in order to increase the bio-availbility of curcumin (Ie. the amount that our bodies absorb) by up to 2000 times, you should:

1) use ground turmeric

2) mix it with piperine (found in black pepper)

3) mix it with a healthy oil / fat (ie. such as coconut oil or olive oil) so that it is quickly absorbed into our blood stream; and

4) heat (warm) it up.

My Moroccan Pumpkin soup ticks all of these boxes – it uses ground turmeric which is mixed with black pepper and is heated in coconut oil.

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I do.

Moroccan Pumpkin soup
 
Moroccan spiced pumpkin soup
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of roasted pumpkin (excluding the pumpkin skins)
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 400ml coconut cream
  • 1 Tablespoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon ground coriander
  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground himalayan pink salt
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • For serving (optional extras)
  • A handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the vegetable stock, pumpkin, salt, paprika, cumin, cinnamon and ground coriander then set aside.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the black pepper and turmeric.
  3. Place the oil in a large saucepan and place on medium heat until the coconut oil has heated.
  4. Once the oil has heated, add the turmeric & black pepper mixture and stir until dissolved in the oil (this wont take long).
  5. Once dissolved, wait a few moments (approx 10 seconds) then add the vegetable stock & pumpkin mixture and stir until well combined.
  6. Stir occasionally until the mixture starts to boil, then remove from heat.
  7. Add the coconut cream and use a stick mixer (or food processor) to blend until nice and smooth.
  8. Serve warm. Enjoy x M
  9. Serving suggestion- serve topped with a sprinkle of slivered almonds and freshly chopped coriander.