Clean Pumpkin, remove skin and seeds and chop into cubes.
In a pressure cooker , melt 1 tablespoon of butter . Add chopped garlic cloves , sliced onions and a bay leaf ,saute well till onion starts to brown lightly.
Add chopped pumpkin cubes , mix well and add salt.
Add 1 cup of water/ stock and pressure cook for 1 whistle. Allow pressure to release on its own.
Discard bay leaf ,drain the stock and reserve it. Place the cooked pumpkin in a blender / food processor.
Add ¼ cup of reserved stock and blend it to get puree.
Adjust the consistency ,if required by adding the reserved stock. Add pepper powder ,1 tablespoon fresh cream(optional) ,adjust salt if needed.
Serve it hot , topped with croutons and slice of garlic bread.