Halloween Puree

Halloween is MASSIVE here in the USA, there are pumpkins EVERYWHERE...  Getting into the spirit, I decided to make some easy food for Eden to eat that also doubled up as a rather delicious soup for grown ups!  I just added a touch of water to my bowl version when warming it up.  A Pumpkin, Lentil, Sweet Potato Medley...  This soup / puree is comforting, delicious, sweet and so warming for the winter season.  It also has magic protein in it as lentils, so I know it's good for everyone :)

I find I don't really use salt when cooking now too much so this way I can give the kids anything we make for ourselves, I add at the end to taste if required.  The beauty of this is I freeze the batch in ice cube trays so I have it in meal size portions for Eden whenever I like.  Easy is the key to happiness :)

You will need:

  • small to medium pumpkin of your choice (peeled, gutted and chopped
  • medium sweet potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • approx. 2cm of fresh ginger peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • approx. 1 pint of water, veg stock or chicken stock (as you desire)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garamasala
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • walt and pepper to taste

Sweat off the onion till it's translucent.  Add in the pumpkin and sweet potato and sauté until softened and flavours have come out. Add the garlic and ginger to infuse flavour then add water to just cover the veg and bring to the boil, simmer down to reduce a little, about 5 mins.  Put the coconut milk into the pot and add the lentils.  Reduce down even further.  You don't want to reduce too much you want there to be sufficient liquid as you need to puree this and it gets rather tick with the lentils so don't be shy when adding liquid or topping up.  Add the spices.  leave to simmer for about 20 mins.  When it has full flavour whizz it up to a pulp and add more seasoning to taste.  It is really great with chilli and coriander to serve for grown ups :)