Curry Favor Pumpkin Soup

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Cold Damp Distressing Spleen, Diabetes, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold

Curry Favor Pumpkin Soup 2 servings

10-12 ounces pumpkin or winter squash, such as Japanese kabocha (about 2 cups when cubed)
2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as canola or olive
1 small onion, diced
1-2 teaspoons curry powder
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper

Chop the pumpkin pieces into 1-inch cubes, seeded and peeled. (Some pumpkins are quite tough and most easily handled by chopping the pumpkin into two, seeding it, then cutting it into wedges before peeling. A large, sharp cleaver can be helpful with this task; another handy trick is to put the pumpkin in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften it before cutting and peeling. The seeds can be reserved for roasting.)

Place the pumpkin cubes and stock in a pot. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and curry powder. Cook until the onions are translucent and soft (about 5 minutes).

When both the onions and pumpkin are done, combine them in a blender or food processor. Whir into a smooth puree. You can also use a hand blender or immersion blender for this task.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pumpkin-sweet, warm; SP/ST; supplement MJ, expel parasites, protect prostate, analgesic
Chicken Stock-chicken is sweet, warm; SP/ST/KD; supplement qi, nourish blood, consolidate KD, boost wei qi
Vegetable Oil-moistening
Onion-pungent, neurtral; LU/ST/LI; clear heat, relieve toxicity, transform phlegm and damp, kill parasites, lower BP and cholesterol
Salt-salty, cold; KD; clear heat, cool blood, ease bowel movements, nourish KD
Pepper-pungent, warm; ST/LI; warm MJ, descend ST qi, expel damp and cold

Addresses SP xu, damp painful bi and blockage of channels.

Especially good for anyone with diabetes, arthritis or other inflammatory condition, muscle stiffness and pain, a tendency to run cold or fibromyalgia.