Roast Pumpkin by Nigel Slater

Now that Halloween has settled down, it’s time to use up all those jack-o-lanterns and make some beautiful dishes to please the whole family!

Lola loves to make a roast pumpkin with dukkah and pomegranate, a recipe from Nigel Slater. A beautiful vegan dish that will please everyone at the table with its sweet pop from the pomegranate and succulent pumpkin that will melt in the mouth!


  • 700g pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp nigella seeds
  • 4 Tbsp slivered pistachios
  • A small pomegranate


  1. Set the oven at 400°F/200°C/Gas 6. Scoop out the seeds and fibres from the middle of the pumpkin or butternut squash. Slice the flesh into thin segments, each about 1cm thick. Lay the pieces out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Trickle over the olive oil and season with black pepper, then bake for about thirty minutes, until soft and translucent.
  2. In a dry frying pan, mix the coriander and cumin and toast over a low to moderate heat for a few minutes, until fragrant. Add the hemp, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and continue toasting for about five minutes, stirring regularly until all is golden.
  3. Stir in the thyme and salt, then grind the mixture using a pestle and mortar, cracking the seeds roughly. Keep the mixture rough and knobbly. Fold in the nigella seeds and pistachios. Break open the pomegranate and remove the seeds.
  4. When the pumpkin comes from the oven, scatter over the pomegranate seeds, about half the spice and seed mixture and serve. Store the remaining mixture in a jar until needed.

Check out more amazing recipes from Nigel Slater here!

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