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This wholesome bowl of autumnal goodness has everything you need for a nourishing meal — grains, roasted veg, the sweet pop of pomegranate seeds, fresh herbs, and a creamy-tangy dressing. Get it in ya!

You will need

Serves 6

  • 1/4 pumpkin, seeds removed
  • 2 sprays canola oil spray
  • Salt and pepper


  • 10g roasted wattleseed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Pinch salt
  • 100g tahini paste
  • 10ml sesame oil
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 40ml cold water
  • 1 lemon, juice

To serve

  • 200g cracked bulgur wheat (or quinoa if gluten-free)
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 20g roast almonds
  • 10g currants
  • 30ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

To finish

  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1/2 bunch dill, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, roughly chopped

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10 mins to prep

  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan forced.

  2. Step 2

    Cut the pumpkin into 3 wedges, then cut each wedge into half.

  3. Step 3

    Heat oil in a hot pan over high heat. Add pumpkin and leave to brown on each side before baking in the oven for 40 minutes, or until dark. Turn occasionally.

  4. Step 4

    In the meantime, grind the wattleseed to a powder in a mortar and pestle then add the garlic clove and salt and break it down to a paste. Add the tahini, sesame oil, lemon juice and gradually add the ice-cold water. Keep mixing until nice and smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

  5. Step 5

    Tear the leaves from the dill and roughly chop the leaves of the parsley.

  6. Step 6

    Bring stock up to the boil. Place the cracked bulgar wheat in a bowl and pour boiling stock over the wheat, stir quickly, place a lid on top and let sit for 5–10 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the wheat has softened.

  7. Step 7

    Take the lid off, add the roasted almonds and currants, and mix together with the oil, salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Step 8

    Place the bulgar wheat at the bottom of a large serving platter. Top with the pumpkin and the tahini dressing, pomegranate seeds and herbs.

Recipe: Simon Toohey

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