Where did pumpkin soup originate from
Pumpkin soup is a very important dish for the people of Haiti. This symbolizes the Haitian Independence from French Colonial rule. It is also called soup joumou. To know more on the history of pumpkin soup, scroll down.
Meanwhile, let’s lay out the ingredients for this super simple and creamy pumpkin soup recipe which is good for 2 people. It takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. The recipe below is also 100% plant-based.
You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 vegetable cube
- 2 heads of garlic
- 1 red onion
Thinly slice the garlic and roughly chop the onions in small pieces. It doesn’t have to be beautifully chopped since this will be blended to achieve the smooth and creamy texture.
- chopped spring onions for garnish
- chopped chili for garnish (optional if you can handle the heat)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup plant milk
You may use any type of plant milk but soy milk was used for this recipe.
- 250 grams of pumpkin
Roughly chop the pumpkin in cubes. The smaller the cubes, the faster it softens and the less cooking time needed.
- 2-4 tablespoons Athena’s Garlic Infused Olive Oil or
- 2-4 tablespoons Athena’s Chili & garlic Infused olive oil
- 4-6 slices of fresh or store-bought sourdough bread
- vegan butter
How to make creamy pumpkin soup
- Take a pot and turn on the heat. Add 2-4 tablespoons of Athena’s Garlic Infused Olive Oil or Athena’s Chili & garlic Infused olive oil, whichever you prefer.
- Add the thinly sliced garlic and onions. Adjust the heat since garlic burns quickly. You wouldn’t want burnt and bitter garlic in your soup. Stir occasionally for about 3 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
- Add the chopped pumpkin cubes, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper and one vegetable cube. Mix everything very well.
- Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of plant milk. Cover the pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft.
- While you’re waiting for the pumpkin to soften, rub the vegan butter on the slices of bread. Set the bread in an oven tray. I hope by this time, you have preheated your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. If yes, put the bread in the oven until the top is toasted but the middle part of the bread remains soft.
- By this time, the pumpkin should be soft. Add all the contents of your pot into a blender and blend at the lowest power setting for about 5 minutes until super smooth!
- That’s it! You’re done. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with spring onions or chilis. Garnish with Athena’s Garlic Infused Olive Oil or Athena’s Chili & garlic Infused olive oil and enjoy with the warm buttered bread.
History of pumpkin soup
During the French colonial rule in Haiti, only the French masters and the landowners were allowed to consume this delicacy and this “delicacy” was prepared by the slaves. These slaves were the people of Haiti and were deprived of freedom in their own land. They were limited to eating a type of bland bread soup because pumpkin soup was simply too good to be given to “slaves”.
The Haitian revolution started in 1791 and ended in 1804. After the revolution, self-liberated Haitians fought for their independence in Saint-Domingue, which is now the sovereign state of Haiti. They succeeded and on January 1, 1804, it was declared as the nation’s independence day. It was also during this day that Haiti became the first black republic in the world and one of the few nations to gain independence from a European power.
After this revolution, the people of Haiti were finally able to eat soup joumou or pumpkin soup. This soup symbolizes love for country, freedom, and independence. Most people forget history, but it is important to know that while you’re eating your creamy pumpkin soup, Haitian slaves were forbidden to enjoy this simple heartwarming meal.