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Curried Kumara Soup

Updated on August 5, 2013

Curried Kumara Soup: A Sweet Potato by Another Name

Known in New Zealand as Kumara, the humble Sweet Potato makes a wonderful soup dish. Deliciously smooth and creamy you can thin the consistency to your liking.

It is so quick and easy... and it's made in the microwave oven! Not only that, kumara happens to be a very healthy vegetable. Curried kumara soup makes a healthy and satisfying meal.

And...did I say it was easy?

Try serving your soup with a swirl of cream.

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...Maori for the Sweet Potato

Kumara (Ipomoea batatas) was cultivated by the Maori before European habitation of New Zealand. Known in other areas of the world as the sweet potato the kumara is one of the most popular vegetables in New Zealand. They are full of health benefits and are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, calcium and iron. They are almost fat free and are cholesterol free.

Kumara has more fiber than oatmeal!

In New Zealand there are three varieties. The red kumara has a creamy white flesh with a firm texture and a mellow flavour...this is my favourite. The gold variety has a soft texture and is slightly sweeter. The orange kumara is firm and has the sweetest taste.

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  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 4 - 6


  • 500 g kumara
  • 50 g butter
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder
  • 1 cup hot vegetable stock OR 1 cup of hot water and 2 tsp of vegetable stock granules
  • 2 - 3 cups of milk


  1. Peel kumara. Slice thinly. Microwave butter, garlic, onion and curry powder in a large bowl or casserole dish for 1 1/2 minutes...High (100% power).
  2. Add sliced kumara and hot stock or water, cover and cook until kumara is tender...about 10 minutes. If using stock granules add them now and puree the kumara, mix and thin with 2 cups of milk. Return the mixture to the casserole dish. Add extra milk, if desired. Reheat, stirring every 2 minutes, until the mixture bubbles around the edges and soup has heated evenly. Taste and add seasoning. Serve.
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You will need to puree your soup mixture for that creamy texture...

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The kumara varieties.

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Kumara or sweet potato is a low-glycemic index carbohydrate which means it will keep you feeling full for longer. It makes a good substitute for those cravings you may have for such comfort foods as pasta and bread.

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      Ahdilarum 3 years ago

      Yes. I enjoyed this hub and the recipe looks yummy. Will try once.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      This recipe looks scrumptuous. I love sweet potatoes.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Sounds good and healthy

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe,

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      YUM! Two of my favorite things together - sweet potatoes and curry. Thanks for the recipe!

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      What a great recipe. I love sweet potatoes and have had a curry craving all winter. I will have to give this a try. Thanks for the share!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      That founds fabulous. I can't wait to try it. Thanks!

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      pcgamehardware 4 years ago

      I love sweet potatoes, but I have never tried Kumara, your recipe sounds really good though, thanks for sharing. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love to eat sweet potatoes.. we usually make halwa out of it and have on the occasion of Shivratri

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      AdamzPg 4 years ago

      Currently living in Queenstown and love the fresh Veg available in New Zealand. Looking forward to trying this in the winter. Pinned and liked for future reference :)

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I have to try this. Two of my favorites, sweet potato and curry, not to mention lovely garlic and onion. The perfect recipe for me. Blessed and pinned.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I have to try this. Two of my favorites, sweet potato and curry, not to mention lovely garlic and onion. The perfect recipe for me. Blessed and pinned.

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      capriht 4 years ago

      great lens, I love the kumara, especially kumara chips...

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good to know about the value of Kumara. This soup is tempting.