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Soup, Vegetables

Colombo de Calabaza

Colombo is a soup flavored with Colombo powder (a combination of cumin, coriander, mustard, black pepper, cloves, fenugreek, and turmeric), and is very common throughout the West Indies.


Serves: 6



  • 1/2 lb. salt pork, cubed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 1/2 lb. calabaza, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Colombo powder (check your local ethnic store) or mild curry powder (Madras or garam masala)
  • Salt, black and chili pepper to taste



  1. In a large saucepan, fry the salt pork cubes until the pan is coated in oil.
  2. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Fry gently until the pepper begins to soften.
  3. Add in the calabaza and a small amount of water (just enough to cover the bottom) and simmer, covered, at low temperature, stirring occasionally.
  4. When the calabaza has softened, add in spices. Stir well to thoroughly coat everything. Serve hot.



  • In place of the salt pork, sausage or other spiced meats also work well.


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