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Thanksgiving Special: Vegan Pumpkin Kaya

vegan pumpkin kaya

Thanksgiving Special: Vegan Pumpkin Kaya

A meaningful day. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and following by Black Friday, which traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

Traditionally, people will add turkey and pumpkin in their thanksgiving dinner menu. And we all know that Thanksgiving Day  is also known as Turkey Day. But, do you know that this month, November is World Vegan Month?  However, we, as a vegan or vegetarian, always pledge for “Do Not Kill”, “Be Vegan Make Peace”, “No More Killing” and so on. So, if you really want the “symbolic” of turkey, maybe you can replace your turkey menu with “Tofurky”. Tofurky is vegetarian turkey replacement made from a blend of wheat protein and organic tofu. Turkey or Tofurky?

Turkey Killing Day

According to statistic, this year, about 46 million turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving dinner in United States! With the population of 300 million, only 10% are vegan or vegetarian. Meaning that approximate of 5-6 members in 1 family, and 1 family eats (kills) 1 turkey.

P.E.T.A (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) attacks Thanksgiving tradition of eating turkey. Meanwhile there are some people attacks P.E.T.A back by saying this “P.E.T.A. – People Eating Tasty Animals“.

P.E.T.A President Ingrid E. Newkirk wrote to Mr Obama, saying that the annual turkey pardon “makes light of the mass slaughter” of each turkey and “portrays the United States president as being in some sort of business partnership with the turkey-killing industry.”

Every year, the President of the United States will “pardon” a turkey, which spares the bird’s life and ensures that it will spend the duration of its life roaming freely on farmland. President Obama continued the tradition by pardoning a turkey, named Cobbler. at The White House. He said “life is all about second chance”, referencing his own reelection, in his speech before he pardoned Cobbler. His feathered understudy, Gobbler, was also allowed to live, and both birds will live out the rest of their days on display at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Virginia.


Vegan Pumpkin Kaya

vegan pumpkin kaya
vegan pumpkin kaya

Kaya is a very tasty coconut jams of Nyonya spread for breads in Malaysia and Singapore. But, most of the Kaya contains eggs.

As pumpkin is one of the popular ingredient on Thanksgiving dinner menu, so, today I would like to share with you about how to make your homemade eggless vegan pumpkin kaya.

The great news is the taste is exactly the taste of Kaya, and my son said it is even a better taste!

From the bottom of my heart, I am really appreciate the invention of this superb Kaya recipe by using only a few simple ingredients. Some of my friends using sweet potato as an alternative to make their Kaya too, and the result is awesome.

Let’s check it out:

vegan pumpkin kaya
vegan pumpkin kaya

Pumpkin Kaya ingredient:-

1000 gm pumpkin (including skin and excluding seeds)

15-20 pieces Pandan leaves cut into 5 inci or made into pandan juice extract

2  1/2 cups Thick fresh coconut milk

150 gm Coconut Palm Sugar

Pinch of natural sea salt


1.Steam the pumpkin until cooked and soften.

2.Wash the cut the pandan leaves, I like to use the cut pandan leaves OR you can blend with as little water as possible and strain pandan juice extract. Reserve the liquid and throw away the pulp. The more pandan leave the more fragrant of your pumpkin kaya.

3.Add the steam pumpkin together with coconut milk in vita-mix blender until smooth with no lumps.

4.Pour the puree into a stain steel bottomed pot.Add coconut palm sugar, cut pandan leaves (or pandan juice extract ) and salt and keep on stirring frequently until it thickens and the water evaporates under medium low heat. This take about 30 min or more than 1/2 hours.

5.Continue stirring until it reaches your desired consistency. This take a bit of your patient time to cook the kaya, depends on how thick you love it to be your kaya.

6.Let’s kaya totally Cool down before serving, refrigerate unused portion in glass jar.

7.Best serve with toasted breads, homemade vegan steam muesli buns, nyonya kuih, biscuits!



vegan pumpkin kaya
vegan pumpkin kaya


If pumpkin is your main ingredient, let’s see:

The Magic of Pumpkin!

Healthy Pumpkin Congee

Fried Vegan Pumpkin Vermicelli

Aleo-Vera Pumpkin Soup

Raw Pumpkin & Kelp Salad

Raw Pumpkin with Passion Fruit Dressing

Pumpkin Cashew Nuts Soup

Three Magical Mixed

Vegan Baked Pumpkin

You also can browse thru our website,, for various kind of vegan recipes if you cant find yours! I saw lots of veg friends assemble sorts of fruits and vegetables, into “veggie turkey” like this 🙂

Veggie Turkey is also a turkey
Veggie Turkey is also a turkey. Source: Internet
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Bernice Shak
Bernice Shak is a strict vegan for more than 18 years. I love to cook and share my recipes. My elder son, Joshua created this website for me as my birthday present for recipes sharing purpose. Meanwhile, my second son, ChenLin who loves photography, he helps me shoot all the amazing recipes photos. I am really enjoying this. Subscribe to Newsletter