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Pumpkin Millet Kasha

Pumpkin Millet Kasha

This pumpkin millet kasha recipe is one of my all-time favorites. It has everything I love: rich flavor, complex aroma and dramatic appearance. I slowly cook millet inside a whole pumpkin until the millet grains are plump, the pumpkin flesh is tender and the skin is golden and caramelized. I usually make this kasha for our weekend brunch and serve it cut into wedges topped with a generous amount of flavorful Napa honey and a handful of roasted California walnuts. Pure comfort—and if this dish doesn’t scream “fall” to you, I don’t know what does.

  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes


Units Scale

4 small pumpkins, about 1 1/4 pounds each
1 cup millet
2 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons golden raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons honey for serving
1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces

Instructions the oven rack to the center position and preheat oven to 350°F. Using a sharp paring knife, cut the top of each pumpkin off in one piece. Don’t discard the top; we’ll use it as a lid.

Using a tablespoon, scoop out and discard the seeds and stringy pulp until the inside of the pumpkin is clean and smooth. Place ¼ cup millet and ½ tablespoon golden raisins inside each pumpkin. Arrange the pumpkins on a baking sheet.

In a small saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, gently whisking until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat as soon as the mixture starts simmering. 

Evenly divide the milk mixture among all four pumpkins, filling them ¾ full. Place pumpkin tops on pumpkins and place them in the oven. Bake for about 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours, until the pumpkins are completely soft when pierced with a small knife and caramelized outside, and the kasha is fully cooked. I recommend stirring the kasha every 30 minutes while baking to ensure it cooks evenly.

Serve the pumpkins whole or slice into wedges, and top with honey and chopped walnuts. 


Anna Voloshyna was born and raised in Ukraine, living there for twenty years before moving to the United States. She is a photographer and chef specializing in Ukrainian cuisine, and the author of Budmo! Recipes from a Ukrainian Kitchen (Rizzoli, 2022).

  • Author: Anna Voloshyna
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Vegetable
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian

Keywords: pumpkin millet kasha ukraine