Ethiopian Spiced Butternut Squash Hand Pies

Ethiopian spiced butternut squash hand pies
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
30 hand pies

Flaky, delicious and so easy to make, these Ethiopian butternut squash hand pies will become your favourite snack for the fall. The warm flavours of Berbere spice paired with the sweetness of butternut squash make for a delicious spicy and sweet filling that I love alongside the chewy and flaky paratha crust. There’s nothing traditional about this recipe, but it incorporates the East African flavours I love in a fun, easy handheld treat!

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Neutral cooking oil
small onions, finely chopped
Tbsp Berbere spice
garlic cloves, finely chopped
cup crushed tomatoes
cups fresh or frozen diced butternut squash (be sure to defrost if using frozen)
Salt, to taste
packages frozen parathas (15 parathas total)

Egg wash

egg yolk
Tbsp water


Ingredients for Ethiopian spiced butternut squash hand pies
Step 1

In saucepan over medium heat, add a generous amount of oil, and cook down onions on medium high until they begin to caramelize.

Step 2

Next, add Berbere spice and stir, adding 1 tablespoon of water to prevent it from burning or sticking. It should begin to simmer.

Step 3

After a few minutes of cooking down the Berbere spice with the onions, add garlic and crushed tomatoes. Continue to cook down the sauce for several Keep stirring and add warm water as needed.

Step 4

Next, add 3 cups of diced butternut squash and stir until evenly incorporated in Continue cooking and add warm water as needed (just enough to cook the butternut squash down to a stew).

Step 5

Add salt to taste and turn off the heat once the butternut squash has softened.

Step 6

Allow stew to cool while preheating the oven to 400°F.

Butternut squash stew, ready to be stuffed into hand pies
Step 7

Cut chilled parathas in half and add a spoonful of butternut squash. Then fold over and seal by pressing a fork around the edges.

Butternut squash hand pies, ready for the oven.
Step 8

Whisk together ingredients for egg wash, then brush eg wash mixture over folded hand pies and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Butternut squash hand pies, ready to serve.

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