Most Delicious Thanksgiving Recipe - Rice Stuffed Pumpkin

November 17, 2017 2 min read

Most Delicious Thanksgiving Recipe - Rice Stuffed Pumpkin

This beautiful looking stuffed pumpkin makes a great vegetarian main dish for the holidays or a side dish for your roast. Filled with a delicious mixture of rice, vegetables, nuts and berries, this pumpkin in all its orange round glory is just beautiful.

 Here’s what you need to prepare this amazing holiday feast.


  • 4 kg Pumpkin
  • 1 cup Pride of India Basmati Rice 
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 tsps ground cumin
  • 3 tsps ground coriander
  • 250 g haloumi cut into cubes
  • 2 tblsps lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped mint leaves
  • 1 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup pine nuts toasted
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt to serve


Let’s get cooking:

Pumpkin Prep:

  • Measure 4cm out from stalk of pumpkin and mark a circle, now use a sharp knife to cut along circle and remove the top (set it aside for now)
  • Remove seeds and membrane, once done you can return top to pumpkin.
  • Wrap it in foil and place it on an oven tray.
  • Cook in a moderate oven (180C) for 1 hour, 30 minutes, or until just tender.
  • Remove. Unwrap foil. Remove lid. Cool slightly.

Cooking Rice:

  • Soak rice for 15-20 minutes. 
  • Rinse thoroughly and drain water. 
  • Add water to a wide pot and heat on low uncovered. 
  • Once the water is at the level of the rice, cover the pot. 
  • Cook until just tender and drain well.

Now we have an empty pumpkin and cooked rice.

  • Spoon out 1 cup of pumpkin flesh. Chop it roughly.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan. Add onions and garlic, stir it until it is soft. Add spices and haloumi. Keep stirring it, until golden. Stir in lemon juice. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add rice, chopped pumpkin, herbs, raisins, and nuts. Season it with salt and pepper and mix it well.
  • Spoon the mixture into pumpkin. Wrap the pumpkin and lid, separately, in foil and place it on a greased oven tray.
  • Cook it in a moderate oven (180C) for 30 minutes.
  • Add lid. Cook for a further 30 minutes, or until tender.
  • Let it Stand for 5 minutes.
  • It’s time to remove the foil and serve this beauty!
  • We recommend you serve it whole, with or without lid, with yogurt.


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