Thursday, 20 December 2012

Pumpkin Kaya

This pumpkin kaya was made some time last month when I had some pumpkin left following Halloween. This pumpkin kaya caught my attention when I was googling for pumpkin recipe. I was surprised when I saw this recipes from All Recipes website. I am like, 'what? how come it appear in an English website'? When I asked my colleague or local friends, no one happens to know what kaya is and never tasted it before, no surprise as Kaya is a Malaysia traditional coconut jam. It is famous around Malaysia or south east Asia but not Europe. It brought my attention when I saw them featured on All Recipes website, and I wanted to try it!

This pumpkin kaya is suitable for vegetarian as it replaced eggs with pumpkin. For more information about what kaya is, please refer here. Eventhough it is slightly healthier than the traditional kaya and smells good, I still prefer the traditional one. This one smells good, but the traditional one (Pandan Kaya) is really really good!

Pumpkin Kaya
Recipe adapted from Pumpkin Kaya

500g pumpkin, cubed
160ml coconut milk
80g brown sugar
4 medium screwpine leaves (Pandan leaves), tied into knot

1) Steam pumpkin for about 20 minutes or until it is tender when pierced with knife.
2) Put the steamed pumpkin, coconut milk and brown sugar into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a stainless steel mixing bowl.
3) Fill a pot with about 1/3 water, bring it to a boil then turn to low heat. Place the mixing bowl into the pot, stir the mixture roughly every 5 minutes interval.(see here for double boiling method)
4) Continue to cook the mixture until the desired thickness achieved. Remove the mixture from hob and leave it to cool. Store in a dry, clean container once it is completely cooled and keep it in the fridge.
5) Pumpkin kaya is done!


  1. Ooo, this looks so lovely and rich. I would love to try make this sometime as my daughter is kaya lover!

  2. Hi Mich,
    Have a try and see if your daughter like it. This is a eggless version, however I still prefer the normal one, hehe

  3. i only tried making the traditional kaya and i like it, i remember seeing a a pumpkin kaya recipe sometime ago, i like pumpkin..i think i might like this too.

    1. Hi Lena,
      have a try and see if you like it.. :)

  4. Stephanie,
    Oh!This is lovely to spread on a cracker or piece of bread.
    Would like torrid is sometimes:)

    1. Hi Mui,
      Have a go and see if you like it :o)

  5. Stephanie, i dint try this pumpkin kaya before. May be i should have a go :)

    1. Hi Jane,
      Thanks for visiting! Yeah, please give it a try and let me know your preference