Pumpkin in Syrup: Easy Thai Dessert

Here is a Thai dessert for the pumpkin lovers: Pumpkin in syrup (in Thai: ฟักทองเชื่อม). Perhaps you remember Thai pumpkin custard and pumpkin in coconut milk. Well, in fact there are quite a few traditional Thai desserts made with pumpkin 🙂

Pumpkin in syrup

Pumpkin in syrup (photo credit: topicstock.pantip.com)

Pumpkin in syrup (photo credit: topicstock.pantip.com)

Here is what you need for 2-3 portions:

  • 500g pumpkin
  • 250g sugar
  • 500ml water
  • 1TSP lime juice
  • some lime water for soaking the pumkin

Coconut topping (optional)

  • 100g coconut cream
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1/2 TSP rice flour


First wash and cut the pumpkin into slices. Then soak the pumpkin in the lime water for about 30 minutes. In the meantime you may boil the sugar in water. Add in the lime juice and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Then put in the pumpkin slices and let them simmer until the pumpkin is cooked. Remove the pumpkin from the mixture and set the slices aside on a plate or tray.

Now it’s time to prepare the coconut topping. Take a pot and put in the coconut cream adding the rice flour and salt. Boil the mixture on a low heat until it thickens. It’s time to serve! Arrange the pumpkin on a plate and garnish with the coconut topping.

This recipe for pumpkin in syrup comes from the amazing cooking channel WhatRecipe.tv. In the following video, you can easily learn how to make this dessert.

Hope you’ll give this amazing Thai dessert a try!

Yours, Sirinya

(P.S. for more general information, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)