Mellieha Pumpkin pie

As part of our mission to find the world’s tastiest food we have arrived in the beautiful island of Malta to enjoy a classic Maltese menu… For the main we have Torta Tal-Qargha Hamra - Mellieha Pumpkin pie - serves four people.

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Recipe info

  • Prep time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Serves: 4
  • Tip: Wine recommendation - Dry red wine


  • Shortcrust pastry
  • 1 kg pumpkin (cubed)
  • 2 x 200 g  of canned tuna (drained)
  • 2 tbs capers
  • 2 tbs chopped black olives
  • 1 tbs toasted pine nuts
  • 700 mi tomato pasta sauce
  • 100 g peas
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs for the filling
  • 3/4 cup of par cooked long-grain rice
  • 1 beaten egg yolk for the glaze
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Up next: Mqaret – Sweet date Pastries


  1. Prepare a deep casserole dish… grease, flour and then line with pastry allowing some overhang.
  2. Mix the tune, capers, olives, nuts, peas, rice and eggs together with the tomato pasta sauce and then pour into a pastry lined dish.
  3. Poll out the remaining pastry to make a lid, brush the edges with water and lay the pastry on top of the pie covering the filling.
  4. Prick the pastry with a fork, glaze with the beaten egg and sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top, and bake for 1 hour in a preheated 180 º C oven.



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