Cook's Hideout: Sikil Pak (Pumpkin Seed Mole Dip)

September 19, 2015

Sikil Pak (Pumpkin Seed Mole Dip)

Buffet on Table: Week 3 -- Condiments from Countries
Day 17: Mexico -- Sikil Pak (Pumpkin Seed Mole Dip)
For the last day of the Condiment week, here's a no-cook Pumpkin seed dip called Sikil Pak from Mexico. It is a specialty of Yucatan region and is rich, thick and very delicious.

Yucatan Pumpkin Seed Mole Dip
Recipe is from 'Vegan Eats World' cookbook by Terry Hope Romero. When I first read the name, it sounded like an Asian dish but it is a Yucatan dip that is apparently very popular in many Mexican restaurants in the U.S. I've never seen it in any of the ones that I went to, so it was totally new to me.
Sikil Pak is a thick, spreadable, pale green salsa. It can be thinned out with water to make a light crema for drizzling on tacos or enchiladas or can be served as is with tortilla chips and veggies.
Yucatan Pumpkin Seed Mole Dip
I have seen quite a few variations for this dish. Some add roasted tomatoes, some add tomatillos and so on. This recipe is very basic with just pumpkin seeds and other flavorings. Feel free to add some tomatoes (roasted or not) for a different take on the dish.

IngredientsMakes 2cups
Raw, hulled pumpkin seeds - 1cup
Garlic - 3cloves, coarsely chopped
White onion - 1 medium, coarsely chopped
Cilantro - ½cup, chopped
Lime juice - 3tbsp
Olive oil - 1tbsp
Water - ¼cup 
Sea Salt - to taste

  • Soak pumpkin seeds in hot water for at least 2 hours (or overnight). Drain the seeds well by shaking to remove excess water.
  • Place the seeds in a food processor or blender and add the remaining ingredients. Blend until a thick, gritty mixture forms, stopping frequently to scrape down the sides. 
  • Taste it and season with more salt or lemon juice, if desired. Serve at room temperature with tortilla chips, radishes, cherry tomatoes and carrots.
Yucatan Pumpkin Seed Mole Dip

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  1. That is very inviting dip .Would love to try it .Enjoyed all the condiments from you.

  2. Absolutely new to me , bookmarking..Would love to try it Pavani.

  3. Even I have not seen or tasted thus dip in any of the restaurants I have visited. Looks like a nude dip to serve with veggies.

  4. I have a bag of pumpkin seeds and was looking for some easy recipe :) great one ! never heard of this dip !! thanks Pavani :)

  5. Such a delicious looking dip..never used pumpkin seeds..should save those up when I get next time..

  6. Never heard about this dip before..Very interesting.

  7. wow pumpkin seed dip.. its pretty new to me. interesting

  8. First time am hearing this dip, quite a nutty one..fantastic.

  9. An interesting and unique dip, Pavani.

  10. Loving this dip. When I read the title, I thought it was from Pakistan. :)

  11. delicious dip!! very unique and one of its kind!!

  12. can imagine awesome flavor in this dip


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