Add onion, bay leaf and clove and cook for 5 minutes or until translucent. (Cook in broth to make oil-free)
Add in the garlic, ginger and carrots and cook for 2 minutes.
Add in the garam masala, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg and mix for a few seconds.
Add in the mashed butternut squash and salt and cook for 2 minutes.
Add in the coconut milk, water and black pepper and cover and cook for 7 to 8 minutes.
Taste and add sugar and spice. Take off heat. blend with an immersion blender, or cool slightly and blend in a regular blender until smooth.
Toast the coconut and pumpkin seeds in a pan on medium heat until the coconut is golden. Mix in a pinch of cinnamon powder and use as garnish.
To make with cubed butternut squash: Cook the onions, bay leaf and cloves for 3 minutes. Add in the cubed butternut squash and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until golden and somewhat fork tender. Add garlic, ginger and carrots. Cook for 2 minutes. Add spices, mix in. Add the coconut milk, water, pepper and salt. Cover and cook until the squash is tender. Blend and serve.
Notes: You can also roast the entire butternut without slicing. Poke holes, and bake at 335 degrees F till a knife goes in the squash easily. Cool, slice, remove the seeds, mash and use.Nutritional values based on one serving