Halwai December 24, 2022


• 2 tbsp – unsalted Butter
• 1 – medium onion, peeled and chopped
• 1- large Leek chopped
• 1 – Garlic pod peeled and chopped
• 1 tbsp – ground cumin
• 1 tsp – ground coriander
• 2 – medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
• 1 – large sweet potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
• 450 g – calabaza deseeded, peeled and chopped
• 5 cups – Chicken broth
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• Hot pepper sauce
• Chopped Cilantro or Parsley leaves for garnish


  1. Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Sautee onion, leek, and garlic until soft.
  3. Stir in cumin and coriander. Cook for 1 min.
  4. Add apple, sweet potato, squash, and 4 cups of the broth. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Reduce to a simmer and cook partially covered until vegetables soften.
  6. Strain the broth into another container.
  7. Working in batches, puree the solids with a little bit of the broth in a blender. Whisk the puree back into the broth.
  8. Just before serving, whisk in the cream and bring the soup to a simmer.
  9. Season to taste with salt, pepper and hot sauce.
  10. Ladle it into bowls and garnish each serving with a drizzle of cream and a sprinkling of cilantro.

Recipe courtesy of Sharada Reddy