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Baked Pumpkin with Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Baked pumpkin with garlic yogurt sauce, also know as kaddow bowrani, is an amazing Afghan appetizer that is savory, sweet and easy to prepare.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Afghan
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 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.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 1226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 28945IU | Vitamin C: 30.9mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2.7mg