Pumpkin recipes in America almost all focus on Halloween or sweet recipes. But, in Afghanistan, and many other countries, pumpkin is used in savory dishes as well.
In this post I have gathered 10 pumpkin recipes you may not have tried before. I hope you enjoy them. Some also use butternut squash.
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Borani Kadoo – Kaddo – Afghan Pumpkin
Some people are surprised when they hear that one of the most popular dishes in Afghanistan is pumpkin. Borani Kadoo – Kaddo is a delicious mix of roasted pumpkin (or other squash) mixed with creamy yogurt and rich fried onions. How could that go wrong? No need to have the same old boring side dishes
Risotto alla Zucca
This is a creamy squash risotto that comes from Italy. The recipe can be found over at curious cuisinere. They not only have a great detailed recipe, there is also a great history lesson. (photo from curious cuisinere)
Nhopi A Zimbabwean Pumpkin Porridge
Food blog Princess Tafadzwa shares many Zimbabwean recipes on her blog. This delicious pumpkin porridge is rich in spices and flavor. (photo credit to the Princess)
Calabaza En Tacha
Another great recipe from curious cuisinere. Mexican cuisine is some of the richest in spice and flavor, a strong rival to say Indian cuisine. This pumpkin dish has deep spice flavor. (photo credit curious cuisinere)
Pumpkin Olad’yi – Pumpkin Pancakes
This recipe comes from Russia. These pumpkin pancakes are fluffy and rich. Blogger Global Table Adventure shares this delicious recipe with the world. (photo credit to Global Table Adventure)
Burmese Pumpkin Yellow Curry
This pumpkin curry recipe comes the kavey eats blog and is a recipe by Mimi Aye. Exploding with flavor this curry has ginger, cloves, squash, shrimp paste, and more. (photo credit to kavey eats)
Japanese Simmered Kabocha
This recipe from the Just One Cookbook blog has a delicious kabocha squash this is simmered with soy sauce. Photo credit for this pumpkin recipe goes to Just One Cookbook blog.
Kaddu ka Bharta – Indian Pumpkin Curry
This fantastic recipe is from food blogger Piping Pot Curry. Indian cuisine has a rich tradition of sweet and savory spices. In fact, they mix them beautifully in many dishes, including this curry. (photo credit to piping pot curry)
Crema de Calabaza – Peruvian Pumpkin Soup
Food blogger Danza de Fogones shares this delicious pumpkin soup recipe from Peru. This soup is both sweet and savory. A delicious pumpkin soup to warm you up in the cold weather. (photo credit to Danza de Fogones)