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Baked Pumpkin with Garlic Yogurt

This is a recipe full of memories. A first date with the man who would become my husband 20 years later, but that's another story! A restaurant that we loved in Chicago that eventually moved to Baltimore. Early days of being a vegetarian. Kaddo Bowrani is an Afghan dish on the menu of the Helmand restaurant and I always ordered it during the years the restaurant was in Chicago. I have always loved that dish. This recipe is based on my memory of such flavors that I had to adapt it for a plant based diet. The hardest part of this recipe is cutting the pumpkin!

Baked Pumpkin with Garlic Yogurt

Preheat the oven to 375˚

Starting in the center of the pumpkin, insert a sharp knife using pressure and cut towards the bottom of the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin into quarters. Use a large spoon to remove the seeds. Cut off the stem and bottom. Peel. Cut the flesh into large pieces, 2″ to 3″ in size.

Place the pumpkin in a large rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle the pumpkin with the cinnamon, salt and Aleppo pepper. Cover with lid or foil. Bake for 45 minutes or until soft. Test doneness with a fork and continue cooking for 15 more minutes, if necessary.

For yogurt sauce – Combine both non dairy yogurts, garlic and salt together in a small bowl. Let the sauce come to room temperature while the pumpkin is baking

To serve – Place 2-3 pieces of pumpkin on a small plate. Drizzle with 1 – 2 tbsp of maple butter and top with the garlic yogurt sauce.

serves 4-6

PUMPKIN

  • 1 small pie pumpkin
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • ¼ tsp Aleppo pepper

YOGURT SAUCE

  • 1 5.3 oz container Coyo natural coconut yogurt
  • 1 5.3 oz container Kite Hill plain yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt

FOR SERVING

  • ½ cup Trader Joe’s organic maple butter