Baked pumpkin with garlic yogurt sauce, also know as kaddow bowrani, is an amazing Afghan appetizer that is savory, sweet and easy to prepare.
Pumpkin is such an essential fall ingredient but I often get bored with it very quickly. I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake but there are so many other options out there!
I understand why it’s mostly used in baked desserts but pumpkin also works wonderfully in savory dishes, such as this baked pumpkin with garlic yogurt sauce.
I first sampled this dish, also know as kaddow bowrani, at an Afghan restaurant in Baltimore called The Helmand many years ago. It’s surprisingly easy to make and incredibly addicting.
Cinnamon and a touch of sugar balance a warm and tangy garlic yogurt sauce for a unique appetizer that’s both savory and sweet. This is a simple appetizer recipe that is perfect for cozy fall dinners.
Baked Pumpkin with Garlic Yogurt Sauce
- 1 sugar pie pumpkin (approximately 2 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 cup plain, full fat or greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Salt to taste
- With a sharp knife, slice the pumpkin in half and then again into quarters. Scoop out the seeds and use a peeler to carefully remove all of the skin. Slice the pumpkin into pieces that are 2-3 inches in size.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon and coriander.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the pumpkin well on both sides for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove the Dutch oven from the heat and sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the pumpkin. Cover tightly and bake for 30 minutes.
- To prepare the sauce, combine the yogurt and garlic. Add salt to taste. Milk or water can be added to the yogurt to thin it out if necessary.
- To serve, drizzle the sauce over the pumpkin. Serve warm.
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Micha @ blissful bites says
YUM! It’s great to see something different like this in the world of food blogs. I’ve never been to an Afghan restaurant but I do live near Baltimore so I’d love to go! Do you remember the name of the place?
Savory Simple says
Of course! It’s The Helmand in Mount Vernon. Great place, I wish it was closer so I could visit it more often (Im in Bethesda now).
Erin @ The Food Doctors says
I made this with Delicata squash for a dinner party last weekend, and it was a big hit. I think next time I’m going to add some Cayenne to give it a kick! Thanks for the recipe.
Helmand!!!! I love that restaurant. I order that dish every time i go there.
I would love to try this – just have to convince my fiance that he would love to try this too!