Pumpkin Recipes: 10 Savory Dishes

written by Mirriam Seddiq
10 · 29 · 22

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)

Poosanikai Sambar Pumpkin Sambar

This recipe comes from fantastic food blogger Dassana. If you’ve had Indian cuisine you know that sambar is a critical component. This rich and savory pumpkin sambar will have everyone in your house smiling. (photo credit to Dassana)

Mirriam Seddiq

I am Mirriam Z. Seddiq, the Afghan Cook. I was born in Afghanistan and came to America as a when I was 18 months old. I am a criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration attorney. I started the first Muslim American Woman Political Action Committee, once owned a coffee shop and a restaurant, and currently am the CEO of the Komak Foundation which focuses its efforts on helping Afghan refugees.

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