Recipe: Cershi (Garlicky Pumpkin Spread)

This recipe for cershi, a traditional Libyan Jewish dish, is adapted from Linda Hassan Guetta's La Cucina Ebraica Tripolina.

    • 1 whole orange pumpkin, about 1 pound
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • ½ teaspoon hot paprika
    • ½ teaspoon caraway seed powder
    • pinch of salt
    • juice of half a lemon
    • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Peel pumpkin and chop into one-inch cubes. Place in a saucepan with one cup water. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, until the pumpkin is soft, about 10 minutes. Drain the pumpkin and mash with a potato masher or fork until smooth. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine garlic, hot paprika, caraway seed powder, salt, and lemon juice. Form into a paste and add the mixture to the cooked pumpkin. Stir in olive oil, leaving the last bit to drizzle over the mixture. Serve with couscous or toasted bread.

To read Katie's story about the cuisine of Rome's Libyan Jews, click here.

Presented by

Katie Parla is a food historian and sommelier based in Rome, Italy. Follow Katie on her blog, ParlaFood.com, and on Twitter at @katieparla.

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we still save the night sky?

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we still save the night sky?

Video

The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City

Video

Desegregated, Yet Unequal

A short documentary about the legacy of Boston busing

Video

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life

The Supreme Court justice talks gender equality and marriage.

Video

Social Media: The Video Game

What if the validation of your peers could "level up" your life?

Video

The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.

More in Health

Just In