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Turkish Pumpkin Dessert - Kabak Tatlısı

This Turkish pumpkin dessert is an autumnal treat. Serve individually or leave on the dinner table for guests to nibble on after eating.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 297kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • Large saucepan
  • Sharp knife


  • 400 grams pumpkin cubes washed
  • 180 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 handful walnuts smashed


  • First of all, scrape away the seeds and the fibrous parts of your pumpkin wedge. (Don't discard the seeds. You can use them for other dishes as they are packed with nutrients.)
  • Now cut the skin away from your pumpkin and cut the pumpkin flesh into large cubes (around 3 cms) or thick slices until you have around 400 grams.
  • Add the pumpkin to a pan and smother with the sugar, making sure each piece is covered and then cover the pan with a lid.
  • Leave for 6-8 hours (or overnight) until your pumpkin pieces are sitting in a syrup.
  • Place your pan on the hob and gently heat on a medium setting.
  • As the hot syrup starts to bubble, keep basting your pumpkin pieces with it.
  • After around 10 minutes, test your pumpkin to see if it has softened. If not, keep simmering until it is soft but still firmly holding its shape.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool before refrigerating for an hour or so.
  • When it's time to serve, arrange your pumpkin dessert pieces onto a serving plate, drizzle with the tahini and top with the roughly smashed walnuts.
  • Serve as sweet nibbles to share after a main meal or as a sweet snack between meals.


  • As with all of our recipes, the calorie count for our pumpkin dessert recipe is approximate. We have calculated calories based on the weight of sugar used but our recipe didn't use all of the syrup.
  • If you use bigger chunks or slices of pumpkin, you might need to use more of the syrup as the pumpkin pieces will take longer to soften.
  • We used brown sugar for our recipe but you can use white if you prefer.
  • Common accompaniments to Turkish pumpkin dessert - kabak tatlısı - are tahini, thick natural yoghurt or kaymak (Turkish clotted cream). We like tahini as it cuts through the sweetness.
  • We have said our recipe serves 4 people. This is if you are serving as post-meal nibbles. Feel free to have it serve two people as a more substantial dessert.