{Virtual Vegan Potluck} Moroccan Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Stew

Hello friends! πŸ™‚

Welcome to Made of Stars and theΒ Virtual Vegan Potluck.

I’m glad you are here. I prepared a flavoursome meal to share with you – Moroccan Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Stew.Β I hope there’s some crusty bread left! You’ll want to mop up every last drop of sauce.


This recipe features butternut pumpkin, orange sweet potato, turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, cayenne pepper, and fresh ginger. It is fragrant, warming, and tasty. Maple syrup and plump raisins bestow a satisfying and subtle sweetness to each mouthful. A sprinkling of coriander leaves add vibrant colour.

The delectable medley of flavours is greatly enhanced by the joyful company of friends – both old and new.

Make yourself at home, relax, and please pass the bread. Can I pour you a drink?


Moroccan Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Stew

(adapted from a recipe by T. Mallos in The Food of Morocco)

Serves 4


1/3 cup water

1 large brown onion, finely chopped

2 large garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 cinnamon stick

A generous pinch of cayenne pepper

500ml/2 cups vegetable stock

600g/1 lb 5 oz butternut pumpkin (squash), peeled and cubed

500g /1 lb 2 oz orange sweet potato, peeled and cubed

A tightly packed 1/3 cup raisins

1 Tbsp maple syrup or brown sugar

Black pepper

Coriander (cilantro) leaves, torn


1. Add the water to a large saucepan, and heat. Add chopped onions and cook gently, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

2. Add the cinnamon stick, ginger, garlic, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Stir over low heat for 1 minute.

3. Pour in the vegetable stock, then increase the heat to medium. Β Cover the saucepan, and bring to the boil.

4. Add the pumpkin, sweet potato, raisins, and maple syrup. Stir. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

5. Cover the saucepan, and simmer on a low heat until the vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes).

6. Remove the cinnamon stick.Β Transfer vegetables to a serving bowl and sprinkle with coriander (cilantro) leaves.

Variation:Β Add 1/2 cup of cooked or canned chickpeas to the saucepan for the final 5 minutes of cooking time.



Serve Moroccan Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Stew with whole grain couscous,Β mujaddara,Β or rice.Β Don’t forget the crusty bread. πŸ˜‰

Notably, this recipe is simple to prepare, and it copes well with being re-heated. These qualities ensure that it is a worthy option for communal feasts.


Thanks for visiting theΒ Virtual Vegan Potluck.Β I have enjoyed your cheerful company, and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Your food journey continues…..

There are many more delicious main meals on offer, but make sure you leave room for dessert. πŸ™‚

ClickΒ hereΒ to visit the next participant in line,Β Poppy’s Patisserie.Β  Say ‘hi’ to Poppy for me.

If you missedΒ Veggisima, and want to go back, clickΒ here. You don’t want to miss Veggisima!

If you missed out on an appetizer, or would like more crusty bread,Β clickΒ hereΒ to visit Vegan Bloggers Unite! where you will find a full list of participants, classified by category.


Go Forward

….to Poppy’s Patisserie.


Go Back

….to Veggisima.

I extend my gratitude to Annie from An Unrefined Vegan. Thank you, Annie, for all of your hard work and enthusiasm in organising the Virtual Vegan Potluck.

My sincere thanks to Somer, Lidia, and Jason for their dedication and commitment to the VVP.



About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

89 Responses to {Virtual Vegan Potluck} Moroccan Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Stew

  1. Susan says:

    I knew this recipe looked familiar! I love that cookbook.

  2. veganmiam says:

    I love stews! I made something similar on my blog, but that looks really good with pumpkin, too!

    Happy Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0 Day!

    β™‘ rika, vegan miam
    β˜… we travel + eat vegan blog β˜…

    • Ally says:

      Thanks Rika!
      Your VVP dish is beautiful. I would love to have a go at making it. I haven’t made gnocchi before.
      Happy VVP to you too!

  3. Sarah says:

    Yumβ€”love all of these flavors!

  4. ha ha, I did a double take because it almost looked like we brought the same dish πŸ™‚ Similar ingredients but different flavors. I love the combo of the sweet potato and the butternut squash. This looks delicious!

    • Ally says:

      Haha! Yes, there is a common theme! Sweet potato, cilantro, garlic… The black beans almost look like raisins under the sauce!
      I am very keen to try your recipe. The sauce looks scrumptious, and I’m a fan of sweet potato (as you know).

  5. narf77 says:

    This looks really gorgeous Ally and I am going to have this tomorrow night for my tea :). What a gorgeous mix of flavours! I love Pumpkin and sweet potato and wish I had seen this before I used my sweet potato for something else tonight …

    • Ally says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      I hope you enjoyed it if you ended up making it.
      It is very flavoursome.
      Your Stromboli looks spectacular! I’m so impressed. The addition of your own home grown vegies makes it even more special.
      Have you made your way through the whole potluck yet? I still have some desserts to scoff. πŸ™‚

      • narf77 says:

        I haven’t even started yet! I get some of the posts sent to my RSS Feed Reader and have read them but will be reading the rest on the weekend. We have to pump through some studies this week so I can’t justify the time reading them. I didn’t make your dish yet as I had gotten up at 1am (dog fooled me out of bed and stole my warm spot so I got up and did some work…) and was in bed at 7pm so tea was a “if you want to eat…do it yourself!” jobby πŸ˜‰ you can be sure I will be making it tonight though after 9 solid hours sleep πŸ™‚

  6. Poppy says:

    Yum! This is my kind of food! πŸ™‚

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  8. Thomas says:

    delicious looking photos and smiles all around your kitchen table when you family ate this… I love meals like this πŸ™‚ great job Ally !!

    • Ally says:

      Thanks Thomas! I appreciate your kind words.
      This dish is popular in my household. Especially if I remind my sons that it has maple syrup in it. πŸ˜‰ Do you ever use saffron in your cooking? You can add a small quantity of ground saffron threads. I haven’t tried that yet.
      I know you are well-travelled, have you been to Morocco?

  9. This looks wonderful Ally! And by the way, I love the new look of your blog. It’s clean, bright and fun! Get well soon!! Celeste:)

    • Ally says:

      Thanks Celeste! I’m glad you like the recipe, and the blog ‘makeover’! It’s still a work in progress. I needed to get organised. πŸ™‚
      I’m feeling well now. Thanks for your concern, Celeste.
      I haven’t made my way through the entire VVP yet. I saw your lovely cupcakes for Rose post, but I’ll have to get to your potluck recipe.
      Have a great week!

  10. Looks delicious Ally! I love sweet potatoes and the colors are just gorgeous!

    • Ally says:

      Thanks Brandi! I am a fan of sweet potato too.
      I am also a fan of raspberries and chocolate! Your bars look truly amazing. I’m very keen to make them. You really outdid yourself πŸ™‚

  11. Brittany says:

    Yes pleaseee pour me a drink and scoop me a huge serving of this!! YUM!

    • Ally says:

      What will it be, Britt? I know there are a couple of nice smoothies. How about the Turkish Delight Martini?!
      I’m skipping my stew and going straight for your cupcakes!

  12. Beautiful flavors in this dish! Thank you so much for participating in the Potluck!

  13. veghotpot says:

    This is definitely going to be a firm favourite in my house! Beautiful flavours πŸ™‚

    • Ally says:

      Hi Becky!
      I’m happy to hear that you are going to make the recipe. It looks like you are a fan of butternut squash (pumpkin) too. I saw your delicious curry recipe.
      I am very keen to try your hot pot. It is presented beautifully, and I’m sure it tastes amazing. πŸ™‚

      • veghotpot says:

        I am obsessed with pumpkin πŸ™‚ it just goes with absolutely anything! I hope you enjoy the hotpot!

      • Ally says:

        Oh I’m sure I will! I will let you know when I make it. The weather is cooling down here, and your hotspot is a perfect wintery meal.

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  15. Oh wow this looks like it taste amazing! Happy VVP!

    – alexis

  16. susykat says:

    What a delectable looking dish!

  17. This sounds awesome! I love sweet potato and cilantro together… πŸ™‚

  18. Starr says:

    A really beautiful stew, Ally! I love the colour!

    • Ally says:

      Thanks Starr! I’m glad you like it. I am grabbing a few slices of your bread to accompany my bowl of stew.

  19. Sophie33 says:

    A wonderful & very appetizing moroccan pumpkin stew, ally! I love it! MMMMMMMM!

  20. Sophie33 says:

    PS/ I love the new look on your blog: so cute!

  21. I got into the VVP spirit and made this for dinner, we both loved it! Served it with corn muffins. Made a couple of very small changes – used a splash of oil to cook the onion and 2T sultanas instead of 1/3C raisins. Thanks for sharing such a tasty recipe. My other half really surprised me by telling me he liked this *twice* because he’s not normally a fan of sweet things! Well done ❀

    • Ally says:

      Oh, I am thrilled that you both enjoyed it! I like your variations, and the fact that you had it with corn muffins (I need that recipe- I can also imagine them in a school lunch box!).
      Thanks for getting in the VVP spirit by making it. πŸ™‚

  22. Talking of beautiful bowls….gorgeous! I love raisins in savoury food (well, in just about anything really) and this looks utterly delicious.

  23. Becky says:

    You are so right…this would be perfect with a couple of drop biscuits for dipping!

  24. Somer says:

    Mmmm, Moroccan flavors with pumpkin and sweet potato cannot go wrong. Looks Delish Ally! xx

  25. This looks uber filling and tasty!

  26. sammysfood says:

    Hey Ally! I just clicked on through to here from your comment on my page and realsied that this dish is yours! hahahaha….it looks bloody beautiful! Right up my alley. It’s going to join the list of must makes! πŸ™‚

    • Ally says:

      haha! I’m glad you like it.
      I hope you enjoy it.
      I made your frittata last weekend. Oh my! It was bloody beautiful! It is going to become a staple in our house. Thanks πŸ™‚

  27. uberdish says:

    A beautiful looking stew, Ally! I love the spices in this dish! πŸ™‚ So warming and comforting!

    • Ally says:

      Thanks Angela! Yes, perfect food for the weather at my place, but what of your neck of the woods? Is it warming up nicely?

      • uberdish says:

        Today was beautiful! I spent a good part of the day working away in my garden. Love it! Yay for the sunshine!

      • Ally says:

        That sounds lovely, Angela. We are having glorious weather too. The kids are spending a lot of time in the backyard. I wish I could say that I have been doing some gardening….

  28. creativespin says:

    Wow–this looks really good. It would be perfect to bring to a real-life potluck!

  29. sweetveg says:

    This looks delicious! I have a Moroccan spiced garbanzo bean dish that I love. Now I am imagining it with sweet potatoes added. Yum. Thank you for the inspiration!

  30. Sweet potatoes, butternut and chickpeas (and the chili), this is fantastic. I love the bowls that you used as well, it just makes the dish even more exotic. Thank you for the great recipe.

    • Ally says:

      ….and thank you for your lovely comment! I appreciate it.
      Good food from pretty bowls surely tastes even better.:)

  31. yummy pictures and what a pretty bowl!

  32. Thanks so much for all the likes on my blog. Love yours and the recipes look great! Do you have a cookbook published?

    • Ally says:

      Oh you are very welcome. Thank you for your evocative poetry. I found you via Celeste.
      I do not have a published cookbook, or any book. I see that you are a published author.
      Thank you for your kind comment.

  33. Looks wholesome, hearty and most of all yummy!

  34. You had me at ‘Moroccan’.

    • Ally says:


      • Carole says:

        Thank you for this post.I love the look of the crust and am going to have to try it!! I’ve had some brown rice flour languising in the cupboard and haven’t been inpired by the recipes I’ve found in books. This one has sold me! It’s nutty too. Mmm.

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