Beyond Pie: 17 Ways the World Cooks with Pumpkin (Slideshow)

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Around the world, pumpkin is used all year in soups, stews, pastries, and pastas

Beyond Pie: 17 Ways the World Cooks with Pumpkin

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We can’t stop thinking about all the recipes we’ll make with pumpkin this fall. Beyond bread, lattes, and pie, people around the world are cooking with pumpkin, too.

Challaw Kadu — Afghanistan

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Pumpkin is the main ingredient in challaw kadu, an Afghan dish that consists of roasted pumpkin cubes topped with yogurt and meat (ground beef or lamb) sauce, with a side of basmati rice.

Pumpkin Seed Muesli — Australia

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Muesli — a breakfast dish or snack made of raw oats mixed with milk or yogurt and ingredients like fruit, seeds, and nuts — is popularly topped with pumpkin seeds in Australia.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Soup — Austria

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Austria’s traditional cream of pumpkin soup, called Kürbiscremesuppe, is made with pumpkin seed oil.

Shrimp in a Pumpkin — Brazil

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Brazilians serve a creamy shrimp stew, known as camarão na moranga, which translates to “shrimp in a pumpkin,” year-round at dinner parties, special occasions, and holidays.

Pumpkin Turnovers — Germany

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Cinnamon-spiced pumpkin turnovers are a traditional German dessert.

Pumpkin Curry — India

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In India, pumpkin sweetens a traditional curry, kaddu ki sabzi. 

Borani Kadhu — Iran

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Iranians cook a sweet and savory pumpkin dish known as borani kadhu. To prepare it, pumpkin is cooked in sweet tomato sauce and onion gravy and is seasoned with spices.

Stuffed Pumpkin — Israel

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Pumpkin stuffed with couscous and vegetables is a traditional dish prepared for Sukkot in Israel.

Pumpkin Ravioli — Italy

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In the land of pasta, pumpkin-filled ravioli or pot-belly-shaped pansotti is a beloved regional dish.

Pumpkin Korroke — Japan

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Japanese-style croquettes (korroke) are made with a kabocha squash, a pumpkin relative.

Candied Pumpkin — Mexico

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Candied pumpkin, or calabaza en tacha, is a traditional Mexican dish made for el Dia de Los Muertos. Sliced pumpkin is cooked in brown sugar cane syrup until it’s tender and sweet.

Pumpkin and Lentil Stew — Morocco

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In Morocco, pumpkin is cooked in a stew with lentils and often lamb.

Pumpkin Soup — Netherlands

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A warm pompoensoep — the word is pronounced like "pumpkin soup" — is what the Dutch eat when it’s cold outside.

Ginataan Kalabasa — Philippines

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Filipinos like to cook pumpkin in coconut milk for a creamy vegetable dish they call ginataang kalabasa.

Pumpkin Millet Porridge — Russia

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In severe winters, Russians warm up with a bowl of pumpkin millet porridge.

Pumpkin Fritters — South Africa

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Served either as a side dish or as a dessert, pumpkin fritters are enjoyed as a sweet or salty treat in South Africa.

Pumpkin Gnocchi — Switzerland

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In Switzerland, gnocchi are made with pumpkin instead of the traditional potato.