Curried Pumpkin Soup w/ Coconut & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

serves 4 – 6

  • 1 – 3 tbs. ghee
  • 1 very large leak, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric or 1 tsp. Spiced Golden Milk Blend
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 ¾ lb. (sugar) pumpkin, baked, peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 c. vegetable stock
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • cilantro leaf

Optional: half a can of unsweetened coconut milk

Directions

In a large stockpot, heat the ghee over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno pepper and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the spices, mix well and sauté for one more minute. Then add in the pumpkin, mix well with the onion/garlic mixture, and add the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and let cook on a low flame for 5 to 10 minutes together so that the flavors can really blend. Take the soup off the flame and blend in a food processor or with a handheld blender to desired consistency.

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.