Vegetarian Sides… Pumpkin and Tomatoes

Guyanese pumpkin

I LOVE pumpkin. I could eat it every day, with every kind of protein or without anything protein at all. Pumpkin and roti is my comfort food. Throw in some dhal and I’m in heaven! Today I am featuring the first in a series of Guyanese vegetarian side dishes. Initially I thought about cooking seven curry and featuring that, but I couldn’t find katahar in Denver to save my life. So I am doing something a bit more simple. Now I know a lot of you will give me lots of grief about these next posts because you can probably already cook these dishes, but listen, I have non-Guyanese followers too.

This dish is quick and simple. It takes about 30 minutes to prep and cook.

I am using 1 1/2lbs pumpkin. Peeled, gutted (seeds and "guts") removed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.To season this dish you will need: 3 Roma tomatoes sliced, a handful of plum tomatoes cut into halves, 1 large onion diced, 6 cloves garlic finely chopped, 1 wiri wiri pepper, 1 tsp dried thyme, about 2 tsp salt and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper..

I am using 1 1/2lbs pumpkin. Peeled, gutted (seeds and “guts” removed) and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
To season this dish you will need: of  garlic (finely chopped), 1 wiri wiri pepper, 1 tsp dried thyme, about 2 tsp salt and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.

First, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Then cook onions, garlic and garlic until slightly brown. I also add the whole wiri wiri pepper  for flavor without the heat. Then add sliced roma tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are soft.Add diced pumpkin, thyme, salt and black pepper.

First, in a large saute pan on medium heat, warm 2 tbsp oil. Then cook onions and garlic until slightly brown. I also add the whole wiri wiri pepper for flavor without the heat.
Then add sliced roma tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are soft.
Add diced pumpkin, thyme, salt and black pepper.

Saute pumpkin for about 5 minutes, then add 1 to 2 cups of water. Cover and let simmer until pumpkin is fully cooked and soft (about 15 minutes)Then, add halved plum tomatoes. Cook for an additional 5 minutes and remove from heat. Serve with rice or roti and your favorite protein!

Saute pumpkin for about 5 minutes, then add 1 to 2 cups of water. Cover and let simmer until pumpkin is fully cooked and soft (about 15 minutes)
Then, add halved plum tomatoes. Cook for an additional 5 minutes and remove from heat. Serve with rice or roti and your favorite protein!

I’m having mine with dhal and roti. Yummy.

pumpkin and roti and dhal

Guyanese Style Pumpkin Stew (6 Servings)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs peeled and diced pumpkin
3 roma tomatoes (sliced)
1 large onion (diced)
6 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
about 10 plum tomatoes (halved)
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp salt
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 wiri wiri pepper for flavor (not heat)
2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:
Heat oil in a large saute pan on medium heat. Add onions, garlic and wiri wiri pepper. Cook onions and garlic until brown. Add roma tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are soft. Add pumpkin, thyme, salt and pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes, then add 1 to 2 cups water. Cook covered for 15 to 20 minutes or until pumpkin is cooked and soft. Add plum tomatoes and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and enjoy.

Tips and Ramblings:
1. You can use butternut squash as a substitute for pumpkin if you are in the US and can’t find pumpkin. For this post I bought pumpkin from my local Asian market but I’ve often cooked butternut squash as a pumpkin substitute. You may need to add brown sugar and blend the butternut squash with a hand blended to give it a smooth texture but the flavors are very similar.
2. You can add chicken, beef, shrimp, lamb whatever protein you want to this dish. Most Guyanese prefer pumpkin and shrimp. I recently made pumpkin and salt fish. It was delicious.
3. If you want some heat in this dish. You can cut open the wiri wiri pepper at the end or chop it up in the beginning. I like the flavor of the pepper without the heat.

Happy Cooking!

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2 thoughts on “Vegetarian Sides… Pumpkin and Tomatoes

  1. This look so yummy! I love pumpkin and have plenty of Asian, Latin American, and Caribbean markets near me. So I can always get pumpkin. I love butternut squash too and will often cook them together. I may make this sometime this week!

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