Easy Pumpkin Curry

Pumpkin curry (via abeautifulmess.com)Oh man, I love a good curry. Trey and I have a spot in Springfield (Thai Express for all you locals!) where they know our order without us having to say it—two orders of red curry with tofu. Sometimes I get extra veggies and no rice but other than that, it’s always the same.

But this post isn’t about red curry, or take out. It’s about a super easy pumpkin curry that you can throw together in minutes at home. There’s really not much that’s traditional about this dish; it just combines the flavors of pumpkin with coconut milk and spices that are somewhat reminiscent of many Indian dishes that I enjoy. It’s a bit of a hodgepodge, but it’s really good. So I thought I’d share. 🙂

Pumpkin curry (via abeautifulmess.com) And you can serve this over any rice (I used brown long grain basmati here) with sautéed vegetables or prepared tofu.

How to make pumpkin curryEasy Pumpkin Curry, serves two.

8 oz. pumpkin puree
1/2 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee
1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon cardamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
salt + pepper to taste
cilantro and pumpkin seeds (pepitas) to serve

Mince the garlic and finely chop the onion. Sauté in the oil or ghee for 3-4 minutes until softened and fragrant. Add the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and all the spices except for salt and pepper. Whisk together and cook over medium heat until everything is warmed through. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.

Pumpkin curry (via abeautifulmess.com) Pour the sauce over rice, vegetables, or tofu (or all three). Garnish with some cilantro and pumpkin seeds. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Note: If you’re enjoying these as part of the Weekday Weekend Challenge be sure to serve over a whole grain rice or quinoa.

Easy Pumpkin Curry

Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee
  • 1 can 13.5 oz coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • cilantro and pumpkin seeds pepitas to serve

Instructions

  1. Mince the garlic and finely chop the onion. Sauté in the oil or ghee for 3-4 minutes until softened and fragrant. Add the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and all the spices except for salt and pepper. Whisk together and cook over medium heat until everything is warmed through. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.
  2. Pour the sauce over rice, vegetables, or tofu (or all three). Garnish with some cilantro and pumpkin seeds.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • this just sounds delicious. I still have yet to make my first pumpkin dish! xo

  • Yum Yum! I’m going to whip up a batch of this pumpkin curry today! Thanks for rockin it girls and showing us how easy it can be to create our own meals using REAL FOOD. Keep up the great posts!

  • I don’t eat meat but I also try to avoid soy. I through some veggies and chickpeas in and it was AMAZING.

  • I just made this but I added frozen spinach, peas, and chickpeas. I also put a little sour creme on top. Awesome part was, with all the added veg, it made about 4 servings (maybe more) and came out under 200 calories for a really good portion! Thanks for the vegetarian recipes! Keep ’em coming!

  • This recipe is great! I specifically went out and bought a bunch of new spices so I could try this recipe, and I’m so glad I did. So delicious and so easy to make!

  • I recently made a pumpkin curry pizza and it has been a huge hit! Gotta try this now.

  • My husband and I LOVE Thai Express! We recently moved an hour away so every time we get back to Springfield we go there. It’s ridiculously addictive and I wish I still lived around the corner! I tried to make red curry at home last night and it was an epic, smelly, disgusting fail! This looks delicious, a musty try!

  • Omgoodness this looks like fall in a bowl and we are loving it!!!

    ♥Heather and Melissa
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  • I will NEED to make this! it looks incredible!!!! Also your photography is top notch!

  • WOW, this looks delish and amazing!! Can’t wait to try.

    xo Jenny
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  • Yum! I tried curry for the first time last month and absolutely loved it! I’ll definitely be trying this out!

    Paige
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  • We made this last night and IT. WAS. DELICIOUS. So, so, so, so, so, so good!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!

    Lydia

  • Tina, I usually throw in some chicken breast or ground beef (or ground turkey, for that matter!)

    Also, I LOVE that this recipe is also Whole30/paleo friendly!

  • I love that this is vegan and I have all the ingredients in my house! Yay fall! Actually, I think I’m going to make a kaboucha squash (japanese pumpkin) puree in place of the pumpkin puree. I hope it turns out well.

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  • I know what I am going to make this week !! 🙂
    thanks for sharing.

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  • I’d just cut up a normal pumpkin, roast it and then do the flavours, having chunks of roasted pumpkin would be amazing.

  • That looks wonderful! I will definitely try this sometime in the future!

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  • Haven’t tried pumpkin.. ever I think! Wow. That feels wrong. I need to taste it.

  • This looks delicious, but I also wanted to say how impressed I am by this blog! You ladies have so much drive, and in my opinion you are golden examples of setting and attaining goals. Thank you for creating such a positive space on the internet. It is refreshing to read something which has only good to say about people (it’s never gossipy or overly opinionated) and which focuses on building and becoming better. Keep up the good work, I appreciate what your team does!

  • I’ve never heard of pumpkin curry! What a great idea! Especially now that it’s almost Thanksgiving here in Canada.

    Erika
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  • I was looking for a pumpkin dinner recipe and this one looks delicious! Thanks so much.

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  • Love a good curry as well! The pumpkin puree is brilliant, I have never seen it over here in The Netherlands unfortunately..

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  • I need to try this. I love pumpkin season 🙂

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  • This looks so good! I am definitely going to make it because my husband currently loves pumpkin everything. Do you think it could be made with regular milk instead of coconut milk?

  • Another great recipe to try ASAP! SO yummy-looking! 😀

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  • This looks so damn delicious I want to brake in a store now to get all the ingredients and cook it right now ;D
    haha…no honestly this looks so good…

    Could you tell me how to make this with fresh pumpkin…how much would I need or should I kind of make my own pumpkin puree before?

  • I would love to hear other commentors ideas about how to incorporate an animal protein in to this for those of us who avoid soy for hormonal reasons.

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