In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Discover the Secret to Perfectly Spiced Stewed Pumpkin – Flavorful and Healthy!

Stewed Pumpkin or Pumpkin Talkari (takari) is definitely one of the easiest vegan dishes you’ll ever bless your tastebuds with. I have shared the Stewed Pumpkin With Salted Cod, Curry Pumpkin With Shrimp and back in 2012 we did the Stewed Pumpkin With Shrimp, this vegetarian version is still ranks as my fave.

You’ll Need…

2 tablespoon olive oil
7 cloves garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
5 lbs pumpkin (peeled, washed, sliced)
1 medium onion sliced
3/4 teaspoon salt (adjust)
1/2 Scotch Bonnet pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup water (optional)

Notes! May I recommend that you follow along with the video below as much more is discussed there. Traditionally you’ll find that people use a bit of ground roasted Geera (cumin) in the recipe, however I’m not a fan of cumin, so I don’t. Additionally, mom would always add a bit of prepared salted Cod (saltfish) or shrimp to her stewed pumpkin. Those recipes are available here on the website as well. I wanted to keep this version fully vegan/vegetarian.

IMPORTANT! If you’re making this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet your specific gluten free dietary requirements.

Peel, wash and slice the pumpkin. Yes, you may use your fav squash with similar results. My preference would be Butternut Squash if Caribbean (Calabaza) pumpkin is difficult to source.

Heat the oil in a deep pot on a medium flame, then add the olive oil followed by the garlic. Turn the heat down to low, then add the Caribbean Green Seasoning and cook for 3 minutes.

Turn the heat back up to medium and add the prepared pumpkin and stir well. This is when you’d add the water to help bring it to a boil. Add the salt, onion and Scotch Bonnet pepper. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water after handling such hot pepper. And use as much spicy pepper (any spicy pepper you like) as you can handle. Leave it out if ‘spicy’ is not your thing.

If you wanted to add a teaspoon of ground roasted cumin (geera) you may do so now. Alternatively you could have added a teaspoon of cumin seeds with the garlic at the start.

Mom was insistent that pumpkin is naturally sweet and didn’t need any sugar (when I told her what I was making for dinner with the last of the frozen buss up shut aka paratha roti she left before they left Canada for the winter). Yea, add the brown sugar now. Stir well, place the lid on the pot and bring to a boil.

Once it comes to a boil you have two options, leave the lid on slightly ajar or as I did, remove it completely. Turn the heat to med/low and cook until everything breaks down. You will notice (as explained in the video) that the pumpkin will release a lot of natural liquid and according to my family, stewed pumpkin is judged on how dry (without burning) you get it at the end.

It will take between 35 and 45 minutes to get to the right texture and you will be required to stir it relatively often as the sugars will want to assist it in burning in the area directly above the flame source. Scrape the bottom of the pot as you stir.

In the pic above you’ll see how dry (yet creamy) my stewed pumpkin turned out (a spatula can stand upright). Taste and adjust the salt to your liking and you’re done.

Served with your favorite rice, Sada roti or as I do sometimes.. on it’s own! It’s that good! If you’re interested in a version of Stewed Pumpkin with slated Pigtails, drop a comment below and I’ll get to it soon.

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