Pumpkin rice!

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Hello friends and fellow foodies!

As you know, I’m always in search for new dishes and recipes to try but what really fascinates me is to be able to find truly traditional and old recipes to share, save from oblivion and feature. Today I share a true marvel, as it is very traditional, very old and very rare nowadays.

Pumpkin rice or “locrio de pava” in Spanish (literally translated as “female turkey rice”) is, far from a poultry rice, as we have many, a very vegetarian recipe.

pumpkin rice

As many other Dominican dishes, it started out in our countryside as a survival dish. The original recipe is not much more than pumpkin, rice and salt.  While I do love to keep it as pure as possible, it’s always hard for me to not give recipes a twist to allow me to call it my own.



  • 2 cups white rice.
  • 2 lbs. pumpkin (you may use any creamy variety of squash or pumpkin) peeled and cut in squares.
  • 2 cups water.
  • 1 red onion cut in slices.
  • A bush of chives.
  • 1 bouillon cube (You may substitute by using 1 cup of chicken broth and 1 cup of water instead of 2 cups of water or if you want to keep it vegetarian by using a stick of celery and a spoonful of garlic)
  • Salt to taste.


Heat some oil and stir fry your pumpkin, bouillon and onion. (A sofrito) Allow to cook for one minute, then add the water. When it boils add the rice and stir until it dries. Then cover, lower the fire and allow to cook at low fire for 25 minutes.

Serve and finely chop some chives to decorate (and add flavor)

A big hug from the breeze Caribbean. Hope you don’t have as much trouble keeping your fires as we do during this season!


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About Arturo Féliz-Camilo

Escritor. Consultor. Historiador. Cocinero tradicional Dominicano. (Writer. Consultant. Historian. Dominican traditional food cook)
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7 Responses to Pumpkin rice!

  1. Karen says:

    This sounds like a terrific rice dish.

  2. Louise says:

    That looks delicious! I tried pumpkin rice the other day and used this recipe from Tilda, was delicious http://www.tilda.com/public-recipes/creamy-pumpkin

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