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Zulu Sweet and Creamy Mashed Pumpkin Recipe

Zulu African Recipe, South African Pumpkin

Isijingi is a traditional Zulu recipe of pumpkin, butter, sweet cream and cornmeal.

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Zulu Sweet and Creamy Mashed Pumpkin Recipe

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Cooking and eating pumpkin tips; cut up, remove the skin and roast with other vegetables or meat. Young crisp shoots with young leaves can be cooked and eaten - stewed in coconut milk they are popular in Melanesia. Remove any strings and tough parts and stew until tender, or cook as a vegetable in boiling water 3-5 minutes.

Zulu African Sweet and Creamy Mashed Pumpkin Easy Recipe

Zulu African Sweet and Creamy Mashed Pumpkin Recipe


3 cups of canned pumpkin

1/4 cup cornmeal

2 cups half and half 

½ stick unsalted butter

Salt to taste

Optional spices (1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoons orange extract and ground cloves) not traditional but adds a familiar flavor to the American palate.


Add all ingredients to a large pot and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Serve hot as you would sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes.

Zulu African Sweet and Creamy Mashed Pumpkin Easy Recipe

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