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Kamalaya’s Healthy Detox Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Pumpkin soup

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was named ‘Best Overseas Health & Wellness Retreat’ for the fourth time, in Luxury Travel Magazine’s Annual Gold List Awards. Located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand, the wellness property successfully integrates healing practices, therapies and philosophies from East and West in a serene environment. Best known for its range of Stress & Burnout programs, Kamalaya offers a wide choice of 14 wellness programs for a healthy lifestyle spanning from Sleep to Fitness.  Kamalaya is also well known for its healthy cuisine, and to create a little taste of Kamalaya at home, find here a couple of winter warmer recipes to try at home…

Try this delicious soup perfect for a healthy winter reset.

When doing a detox program, it’s important not to cook with oils for more than one minute, however a small drizzle of organic extra virgin coconut oil at the end of cooking – as with this pumpkin soup – can actually support the detox process. As well as lots of flavour, this hearty soup delivers carotenoids to help fight free radicals and prevent premature ageing, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, Vitamin A for healthy eyes and immune function, potassium to help reduce the risk of hypertension, and zinc for healthy bones and immune system.

Serve 2


Vegetable stock 1,2L

Pumpkin finely sliced 400g

Carrot finely sliced 100g

Bay leaf 2 leaves

Pepper black to taste

Coconut oil 4mL

Shallot, chopped 30g

Garlic, chopped 25g

Leek, finely sliced 20g

Celery French, finely sliced 30g

Sea salt pinch

Cayenne pepper pinch

Chef’s Tip: To maintain flavours and nutritional benefits, slice your vegetables finely so they require lesscooking time.


1. Place the sliced pumpkin, carrot, shallot, garlic, leek, celery, bay leaf and vegetable stock in to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes (or until tender).

2. Remove the bay leaf, allow the soup to cool slightly and then blend well.

3. Reheat the blended soup, and season with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.

4. Serve the soup with a drizzle of coconut oil on top.

Written by Karina Stewart

D. Karina Stewart, Lic. Ac, DOM, as a founding partner of Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, is committed to creating a place where healing and harmonious transformation can flourish. Born and raised in Mexico, Karina’s life journey has been greatly influenced by her mother’s interest in natural healing, meditation, yoga and spirituality. From the age of 14, when she began meditating and exploring Asian spiritual philosophies, Karina’s heart was opened to an existence of devotion and self discovery. Karina has twenty-two years of experience in the study and practice of diverse Asian healing and spiritual traditions. Prior to Kamalaya, Karina founded a health centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, where for seven years she practiced Oriental Medicine and produced a range of Chinese herbal products. Karina’s vision is behind Kamalaya’s integral wellness programs, which aims to access the inner healing power within each individual and support a harmonious integration of heart, body, mind, and spirit.


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