Smokey Cauliflower & Filled Gourd

Something a little different using more adventurous ingredients including gourd, a typically large fruit which looks like a mini pumpkin and cucamelons, which look like mini watermelons.

Both the gourd and cucamelons are home grown but are available to purchase in most supermarkets so finding these unusual ingredients shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

If you are feeling spontaneous and want to try something out of your comfort zone then this recipe is a good place to start.

Personally I wasn’t too sure about this recipe to start with as i had never tried gourd before but I was pleasantly surprised with its yummy, fluffy texture and sweet taste. After cooking gourd its strange to think its a fruit and not a vegetable!

To give this recipe a go you will need the following ingredients :

2 Gourds

1 red onion

Half a courgette

3 tomatoes

1 Garlic Clove

2 tablespoonsTomato purée

8 Cucamelons

1/4 Cauliflower

1 Tablespoon Paprika



1.Heat oven at 180 degrees, bake gourd for approximately one hour.


2.Chop cauliflower into small chunks and add to baking dish. Add oil and paprika and toss until the cauliflower is covered. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

3.Heat oil in a pan, add garlic and onions, cook until slightly golden.


4.Add courgette, tomatoes and cucamelons, cook on low for 10 mins.

5.Add tomato purée and cook for a further 5 mins.

6.Once the gourd is ready, quarter it and spread. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the middle pips.


7.Spoon the tomato mixture onto the middle of the gourd.
8. Serve with smokey roasted cauliflower.


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