Original Recipe’s Kabocha Chakin Shibori by Our Adventures in Japan

Makes abt 6 litle stars or little balls; good enough for 2 persons as a side or appetizer


  • 100 g pumpkin (or kabocha in Japanese)
  • 3/4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (I used aged dutch cheese)

Kat’s Preparation Method:

  1. Wash and scrape seeds from pumpkin, leaving skin on.
  2. Steam for abt 20 mins, test for tenderness.
  3. Mash with potato masher and add cheese. Mix well.
  4. With a piece of plastic wrap, scoop abt 1/2 tbsp mixture and place in middle of wrap. Bring up sides and twist tightly into a ball.
  5. Unwrap and put on a plate. Continue with steps 5 & 6 till all mixture is used up.

My Preparation Method:

  1. Remove skin and seeds from pumpkin. Cube into small pcs and place in a microwave-safe dish with cover.
  2. Microwave pumpkin at 750W for 4 mins till soft.
  3. Mash pumpkin till fine and mix in cheese.
  4. Stuff pumpkin-cheese mix into a star-shape cookie cutter and remove cutter from mixture carefully.
  5. Continue making till pumpkin’s finished.

My 2nd pumpkin project..
Good as a snack or accompaniment to a main dish or meat and vegetables. It can be eaten warm or at room temperature or even cold. I’ve tried it all 3 ways – i like it cold. but overall, yummmssss.. 🙂


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