Iraqi Pumpkin Stew (Qur’iyi Murag)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Flavourful & delicious along with rice dishes such as Timman Z'affaran (Iraqi Saffron Rice With Meat) or Layered Carrots and Rice – Jizer M’tubuq adding beef and using cooked chopped green beans instead of carrots or Saudi Rice With Lamb and Potato. A recipe modified from

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put oil, onions, pepper, and spices into a large pot and sauté on medium flame until the onions are soft and golden adding the minced garlic near the end of cooking time.
  2. Add tomato chunks (no liquid yet, save that for later) sauté the tomatoes a short time.
  3. Add 1 cup water, including the liquid from the canned tomatoes too and the pumpkin chunks.
  4. Let cook until they are slightly soft.
  5. Dissolve the tomatoes paste in 1 cup water and add it into pot, together with the sea salt.
  6. Cover the pot, and bring to a boil then lower flame to a simmer for about 15 minutes.
  7. Shut off flame.
  8. You may remove to serving dish and serve immediately; however, the taste is better after it sits for a longer period of time. If doing that, allow to cool, then refrigerate in the same pot for a day. When reheating, use the same pot: if needed add a little bit of water, bring it to boil, and let it sit on low
  9. flame for a couple of minutes. Transfer to serving dish and serve.
  10. Enjoy!