Libyan Kara'a

This spicy pumpkin mash is full of flavor and very easy to make. It is served in Libya with flatbread.

Serves 2-3

What you need:

2 cups pumpkin, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 red chili, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
fresh black pepper

In a pot, boil the chopped pumpkin for 10 minutes or until soft. Meanwhile, sauté the garlic, cumin, salt, and chili in 1 tbsp olive oil on medium heat until the garlic has slightly browned. Strain the pumpkin and add to the pan with the garlic. Mash the pumpkin with a strong wooden spoon over medium heat. Mix in the fresh pepper, lemon juice, and 1 tbsp olive oil and serve while hot.


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