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Pumpkin Pilaf

James Carrier
Yield Makes 8 to 10 side-dish servings
Notes: To cut pumpkin into cubes, halve vertically and scrape out seeds. Cut halves into 1-inch-wide wedges. Peel each slice, then cut flesh into cubes.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground turmeric, and salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon each paprika and pepper
  • 3 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 cups diced (1/4 in.) pumpkin, such as Sugar Pie or Baby Bear (see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons dried currants
  • 1 tablespoon minced preserved lemon
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Nutrition Information

  • calories 224
  • caloriesfromfat 21 %
  • protein 6.8 g
  • fat 5.1 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • carbohydrate 38 g
  • fiber 1.3 g
  • sodium 84 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan (with sides at least 2 in. high) over medium-high heat. When hot, add onion and garlic; stir until limp, about 5 minutes. Add rice, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, turmeric, salt, paprika, and pepper; stir to coat. Add broth, lemon juice, pumpkin, currants, and preserved lemon. Bring to a simmer.

  2. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender to bite, 20 to 25 minutes. Fluff with a fork and stir in pistachios and cilantro.