Warm up this Autumn with our Ayurvedic Pumpkin & Lentil Soup

Warm up this Autumn with our Ayurvedic Pumpkin & Lentil Soup

As the autumn season unfolds its vibrant colors, displaying a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and golds, we naturally crave foods that provide warmth and comfort. In Ayurveda, October signifies the start of the Vata season, a time when our diets should focus on grounding and nurturing foods. Our Ayurvedic Pumpkin & Lentil Soup is a perfect representation of this, offering a delicious blend that aligns with the energies of the season.

Navigating the Vata Season

In Ayurveda, each season correlates with a dominant dosha, reflecting specific physical and emotional traits. Autumn aligns with the Vata dosha, characterised by elements of air and ether, bringing qualities like dryness, roughness, and coolness. Ayurvedic wisdom suggests countering these elements with foods that are moist, grounding, and warm.

Ayurvedic Wisdom in Ingredients

Our Pumpkin & Lentil Soup combines ingredients chosen for their Ayurvedic benefits:

  • Pumpkin: Essential in autumn recipes, pumpkin is great for balancing Vata. Its sweet, moist nature brings stability and warmth.
  • Red Lentils: Nutritious and easy to digest, they offer a comforting, protein-rich foundation, perfect for nurturing the body during Vata season.
  • Ayurvedic Spices: Turmeric, cumin, mustard, fennel, and optional asafoetida & cinnamon, are chosen for their digestive and immune-boosting properties, vital in Vata season.

The Recipe: Ayurvedic Pumpkin & Lentil Soup


  • 2 cups chopped pumpkin
  • 1 cup soaked red lentils
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1-inch grated ginger
  • A blend of turmeric, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, and optional asafoetida & cinnamon
  • 6 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil (for vegan option)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat ghee or coconut oil in a large pot. Sauté cumin, mustard, and fennel seeds until they begin to pop.
  2. Add onions, garlic, and ginger, cooking until onions are translucent.
  3. Incorporate chopped pumpkin and spices, cooking until the pumpkin begins to soften.
  4. Add soaked lentils and water or broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer until lentils and pumpkin are soft.
  5. Blend to a creamy texture, season with salt and pepper, and garnish with cilantro.

Serving Suggestions

Enhance this meal with a slice of whole-grain bread or a side of brown rice for extra nourishment. The grains complement the soup's grounding qualities and provide a balanced combination of flavours and textures.

Celebrating Autumn's Nourishment

This Pumpkin & Lentil Soup is more than a meal; it's an homage to autumn's abundance and the wisdom of Ayurveda. Enjoy each bite as a reflection of the harmony and well-being that comes with eating seasonally.

Share Your Experience

Have you tried this recipe? How do you adjust your diet for the autumn season? Share your insights and experiences in the comments. Let's cherish the beauty of this season together!

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