Warming spices, creamy coconut milk, tomatoes, veggies, chickpeas and butternut squash are combined in this one-pot butternut squash curry recipe. Fall comfort food never tasted so good!
You know how much we love curry recipes around here.
And considering we’re almost into fall, what better way to enjoy a curry than curry with squash and (pumpkin spice for that matter)?
Winter squash (like butternut squash) is super versatile and lasts for a little while in a cold spot in your pantry. I always have some on hand for things like butternut squash soup, fritters, mashed squash and curry.
This butternut squash curry is chock-full of goodness and just hits the spot on a chilly fall or winter day!
My absolute fave type of cooking (and eating) is those hearty fall and winter comfort food recipes. I just love ’em.
I could seriously enjoy this curry straight out of the pot as is, but it’s also delicious over some rice and garnished with cilantro. Some naan on the side would also be great. Okay, now I’m hungry.
Why We Love Butternut Squash Curry
- It’s made in one pan for easy cleanup
- It’s vegan gluten free and dairy free
- Loaded with yummy ingredients, like chickpeas, squash and veggies
- Of course, it tastes delicious!
How to Make It
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- In a pan, cook onion in some olive oil.
- Add minced garlic and give that a little cook.
- Stir in tomato paste and cook for just a bit.
- Add squash, spices/seasonings, chickpeas and bell pepper.
- Give everything a little stir so everything is well coated in the spices.
- Stir in broth, tomatoes and coconut milk.
- Cover ajar and cook until your squash is tender.
- Add chopped kale and cook until wilted.
- Stir in some freshly squeezed lime juice and enjoy!
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You want your cubes of butternut squash to be roughly the size of some dice.
I could legit devour this butternut squash curry right out of the pot, but if you feel like making things more substantial, any of these work delicious with it:
- Coconut rice
- Dollop of yogurt (regular or coconut)
More Recipe Tips & Variations
Cut your butternut squash into roughly equal-sized pieces so they cook evenly.
Full-fat coconut milk is recommended here. It’s thick and creamy and just delicious. If you’d rather use a lower fat version, though, go for it.
Instead of kale, try baby spinach. You’ll just have to cook a little less.
The lime at the end really brightens this butternut squash curry. Don’t have lime on hand? Try lemon instead!
More Delicious Curry Recipes
Hope you love this vegan curry recipe as much as we do!
If you try this butternut squash curry, please leave a comment below. Love to hear how you enjoyed the recipe!
Butternut Squash Curry (with chickpeas)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion , peeled and diced
- 4 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 to 2 tablespoons tomato paste , depending on how much tomato flavour you want
- 1 small butternut squash , peeled, seeds removed and cut into small cubes (about 1-inch). Mine was about 1 pound, 5 ounces before peeling. You'll want about 4 cups in total.
- 1.5 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
- 19 ounce can of unsalted (or no salt added) chickpeas , rinsed and drained (about 2 cups)
- 1 bell pepper , diced
- 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
- 13.5 ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes (about a little over 1.5 cups)
- 13.5 ounce full-fat, unsweetened canned coconut milk (about a little over 1.5 cups or a 400 millilitre can)
- 3 to 4 cups chopped kale (bite-size pieces, leaves only, no stems) (loosely packed cups)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 1 to 1.5 limes)
- Chopped cilantro (garnish, optional)
- Heat oil in a 12-inch sauté pan (about 2.5 to 3 inches deep) over medium heat.
- Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add garlic, stir in, and cook 1 minute.
- Add tomato paste, stir in, and cook 1 minute.
- Stir in butternut squash, curry powder, pumpkin spice, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, chickpeas, bell and pepper.
- Pour in vegetable broth, tomatoes (crush tomatoes with your hands or roughly mash with a potato masher before adding to the pan) and coconut milk. Stir.
- Bring to a simmer, cover (just slightly ajar) and cook about 20 minutes or until butternut squash has softened.
- Stir in kale and cook until just wilted, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in lime juice.
- Garnish (if desired) with chopped cilantro. Great served with rice or enjoy as is.
- Cut your butternut squash into roughly equal-sized pieces so they cook evenly.
- Full-fat coconut milk is recommended here. It’s thick and creamy and just delicious. If you’d rather use a lower fat version, though, go for it..
- The lime at the end really brightens things. Don’t have lime on hand? Try lemon instead!
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
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