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Pumpkin Soup with Cumin, Chili Flakes, Yoghurt; Balkabagi Corbasi

Pumpkin Soup with Cumin, Red Pepper Flakes and Yoghurt; Balkabagi Corbasi

Pumpkin Soup with Cumin, Red Pepper Flakes and Yoghurt; Balkabagi Corbasi

This easy, delicious pumpkin soup flavored with spices and yoghurt, is a real winter warmer.  Balkabagi, pumpkin, is sold in street stalls and farmers markets, Pazar, at home, either as a whole or in huge, deseeded chunks and we love its natural sweetness. We then turn this luscious, nutritious pumpkin either into a delicious soup, or make our popular Candied Pumpkin dessert, Kabak Tatlisi or simply roast in olive oil and seasoning.

Delicious and easy to make pumpkin soup, flavored with spices and yoghurt

Delicious and easy to make pumpkin soup, flavored with spices and yoghurt

I mildly flavored our pumpkin soup, Balkabagi Corbasi, with ground cumin and red pepper flakes. Warming, pungent cumin and a delicious spicy kick from red pepper flakes or chili flakes work well with the sweetness of the pumpkin. Adding plain yoghurt at the end gives a lovely creamy texture and a bit of tartness, really delicious and wholesome.  When pumpkin is not in season, you can try this soup with butternut squash.

Candied pumpkin dessert with walnuts, Turkish style; Kabak Tatlisi

Candied pumpkin dessert with walnuts, Turkish style; Kabak Tatlisi

I hope you enjoy this nutritious, easy pumpkin soup, packed with flavor. If you also fancy making an easy Turkish style pumpkin dessert, here’s my Candied Pumpkin dessert with walnuts recipe. Pumpkin is baked here in its very own juice with sugar and the result is an exquisite dessert with the full flavor of pumpkin, also fancy enough to share with family and friends.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

Pumpkin Soup with Cumin, Chili Flakes, Yoghurt; Balkabagi Corbasi
 
This easy, delicious pumpkin soup flavored with spices and yoghurt, is a real winter warmer. I mildly flavored our pumpkin soup, Balkabagi Corbasi, with ground cumin and red pepper flakes. Adding plain yoghurt at the end gives a lovely creamy texture and a bit of tartness, really delicious and wholesome. Hope you enjoy it, Afiyet Olsun.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 800 gr / 1.75 lb. deseeded pumpkin flesh, cut in small chunks
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small carrots, cut in small cubes
  • 15 ml/ 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes or chili flakes (you can use more or less depending on your taste)
  • 1 lt / 1 ¾ pints/ 4 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock if preferred)
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 60 ml / 4 tbsp. plain natural yoghurt to serve
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds to serve (optional)
  • Extra virgin olive oil to serve (optional)
Instructions
  1. Clean, peel and deseed the pumpkin and cut in small chunks.
  2. Put the pumpkin chunks, onions and cubed carrots into a heavy pan. Pour in the stock and olive oil. Then bring the pan to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until all the vegetables are cooked.
  4. Puree the soup in a blender and return to the pan.
  5. Over a low heat, season with salt, freshly ground black pepper, ground cumin and red pepper flakes or chili flakes. Combine well and turn the heat off.
  6. Pour the soup into serving bowls. Swirl a tablespoonful of plain yoghurt over. Sprinkle a few sunflower seeds or roasted pumpkin seeds, as well as little red pepper flakes and ground cumin, if you like. I also like to drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the soup before serving.
  7. Serve hot; afiyet olsun.

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10 Responses to Pumpkin Soup with Cumin, Chili Flakes, Yoghurt; Balkabagi Corbasi

  1. seniordogsabroad October 27, 2015 at 3:07 am #

    Özlem’ciğim, Thanks for yet another terrific seasonal recipe. I love this time of year – we’re always on the lookout for balkabağı and we’ll definitely pick some up at the market this week. I regularly make this soup in the winter but I like your bold use of cumin and red pepper. So you can be sure we’ll be enjoying it after market on Friday evening. Kendine iyi bak ve ailene selamlar ve sevgilerimizle, xoxo J

    • Ozlem Warren October 27, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      Merhaba Jolee’cigim, many thanks for your kind note; enjoy the luscious balkabagi at home! I hope you enjoy our generous use of cumin and red pepper flakes, pul biber; you can always adjust to your taste. Especially the smoky Aleppo pepper would be lovely with the sweetness of the pumpkin. Afiyet olsun, cok selam ve sevgilerimle, Ozlem xxx

  2. Peri's Spice Ladle October 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    The soup is filled with wholesome flavor, Ozlem. I agree with SeniorDogsAbroad, this is my favorite time of year and pumpkins just make it so much more seasonally perfect:) Happy Fall…xxPeri.

    • Ozlem Warren October 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

      Thank you dear Peri, lovely to get your note; do love this time of the year and love pumpkins – happy Fall indeed :) Ozlem xx

  3. sevdiğim çorbalar October 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Merhabalar, çok güzel ve leziz görünüyor. Ellerinize sağlık.

    Saygılar.

    • Ozlem Warren November 10, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      Cok tesekkurler notunuz icin, begendiginize sevindim, selamlar, sevgiler, Ozlem

  4. BacktoBodrum November 6, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    Thanks for a great recipe, I saw it while I was on Hydra ad went out to find a pumpkin – Not one was to be found! Now I’m back I can get stuck into cooking both sweet and savoury versions.

    • Ozlem Warren November 6, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

      Merhaba BB, many thanks for your kind note; enjoy being back at home – good to have you back. Sevgilerimle, Ozlem

  5. Ozlem Warren October 31, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    Many thanks for your kind share!

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