Asian-Style Pumpkin Curry

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While I currently live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I was born and lived the first 25 years of my life in Singapore, the tropical Southeast Asian nation.

Learn to make your own Asian-style spicy pumpkin curry at home, with this simple recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/vegetarian-vegan/asian-style-pumpkin-curry/

Back home in Singapore, where a melting pot of cuisines exists, I cultivated a love for all things spicy. And curry is still one of my favorite Asian dishes.

Do you love Asian-style dishes? What about pumpkin? This recipe for pumpkin curry is a combination of both, and it’s not only simple to make, but also extremely comforting and filling. Garnished with cilantro and served alongside basmati rice, this makes the perfect dinner on a chilly evening. Get the recipe now on Foodal and take a culinary trip to Asia! https://foodal.com/recipes/vegetarian-vegan/asian-style-pumpkin-curry/

Just one taste of the spices used in this familiar dish, and I’m transported back to Asia.

Now that I am based so far away from home, I turn to beloved Asian dishes when a bout of homesickness hits. Today, I wanted to combine my affection for Asian food with my favorite winter squash, so we’re making pumpkin curry!

Asian-Style Pumpkin Curry | Foodal.com

This super satiating vegetarian meal is big on flavor. In this case, I’m using red curry paste. I always have a bottle of store-bought paste on hand, and I find it simpler to use when I’m looking for a quick meal to make on a busy weeknight than making my own blend of spices from scratch.

As for the fresh produce, I’m using onions, garlic and cubed pumpkin, with a squeeze of fresh lime juice to add some acidity.

Preparing Vegetables for Pumpkin Curry | Foodal.com

Note that this recipe is very flexible, so if you want to include other types of vegetables such as tomatoes, that will work as well!

I like garnishing this Asian dish with torn cilantro leaves. The cilantro enhances the flavors of the dish, and it also adds an eye-pleasing pop of color!

This dish will go well with either naan or basmati rice, but rice is my favorite. Either way, this recipe is amazing and one taste will take you on a culinary tour to Asia!

Are you hungry yet? I’m betting you are, so let’s go straight to the recipe!

The Recipe

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Hearty pumpkin curry that combines the flavors of fall with those of Asia – this is the perfect dish to fill you up and keep you warm on a chilly night.
Servings Prep Time
2 20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Servings Prep Time
2 20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Asian-Style Pumpkin Curry Recipe | Foodal.com
Asian-Style Pumpkin Curry
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Hearty pumpkin curry that combines the flavors of fall with those of Asia – this is the perfect dish to fill you up and keep you warm on a chilly night.
Servings Prep Time
2 20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Servings Prep Time
2 20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 large onions diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup red curry paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups pumpkin cubed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • salt to taste
  • Torn cilantro, for garnish
  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice, for serving (optional)
  • Naan or your favorite flatbread, for serving (optional)
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Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and sauté the diced onions until they turn translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the minced garlic and stir until fragrant (around 30 seconds).
  2. Add the red curry paste and water and stir well until the paste has dissolved.
  3. Add the cubed pumpkin and then allow the mixture to simmer over low heat for the next 30 minutes, until tender. Be sure to stir occasionally so that the sauce doesn’t stick to the bottom of the skillet.
  4. Squeeze in the fresh lime juice and mix well, then add salt to taste.
  5. Garnish with torn cilantro and serve with cooked basmati rice and naan.
Recipe Notes

 

Inspired by BBC Good Food

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Asian-Style Pumpkin Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 730 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 2001mg 83%
Potassium 1347mg 38%
Total Carbohydrates 126g 42%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 525%
Vitamin C 58%
Calcium 11%
Iron 38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 –Prepare the Mise en Place

Halved Zapallo Squash | Foodal.com

Get your ingredients ready. Start by dicing the onions, and mincing the garlic.

Peel and cube the pumpkin. I used zapallo ingles, a variety of squash that is readily available here in Argentina.

Pumpkin Curry Ingredients | Foodal.com

If you’re not a pumpkin fan, or if a different variety of squash is on sale at the market, any firm type will do. Try substituting butternut, hubbard, or acorn squash.

Measure the red curry paste so you have it ready to go.

Prepped Pumpkin Curry Vegetables | Foodal.com

Step 2 – Sauté the Onions and Garlic

Heat up the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and sauté the diced onions until they turn translucent (about 5 minutes).

Sautee Onions for Curry | Foodal.com

Throw in the minced garlic and stir until the garlic is fragrant (around 30 seconds).

Step 3 – Mix in the Red Curry Paste

Add the red curry paste and water, and stir well until the paste has dissolved.

Sautee Curry Vegetables | Foodal.com

Step 4 – Add the Squash

Add the cubed squash and then allow the mixture to simmer over low heat for the next 30 minutes, until it is fork tender.

Add Pumpkin to the Curry Mixture | Foodal.com

Give it a stir every few minutes or so to ensure that the sauce isn’t sticking to the bottom of your frying pan or skillet.

Step 5 – Season

When the pumpkin is tender, squeeze in the fresh lime juice and mix well, then add salt to taste. Adding a sprinkle of your favorite finishing salt just before serving can be a nice final touch.

Step 6 – Garnish and Serve!

As with any savory Asian-inspired recipe, the flavors of this dish are beautifully enhanced with a sprinkle of torn cilantro, an herb that is always present in Asian kitchens.

Not only does it increase the depth of flavor of the dish, the cilantro also adds a pop of color that makes it look more appealing. Remember – we eat with our eyes first!

One-Pan Pumpkin Curry | Foodal.com

If you aren’t a fan of the leaves of the coriander plant, don’t worry. Try substituting your fresh green herb, like minced Thai basil, for an added burst of herbal freshness.

A Satisfying Dinner That’s Full of Flavor

Serve this curry along with fragrant basmati rice, and you and your guests will be in for a delightful Asian meal!

To simplify the process, we suggest using a rice cooker to prep that rice.

And if you do have some extra time for meal prep, there’s nothing like homemade flatbread, served right from the oven when it’s still warm. Try our recipe for sour barley pita.

A satisfying dish on those cool nights, this spicy and flavorful vegetarian curry features winter squash, with cilantro and lime for a burst of freshness. We shrae the recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/vegetarian-vegan/asian-style-pumpkin-curry/

 

What are your favorite Asian-inspired vegetarian dishes? Perhaps another curry, like our spicy eggplant version? Let us know in the comments below!

Love pumpkin? Then check out all of these recipes!

Photos by Felicia Lim, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details.

*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Felicia Lim

Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.

Hearty pumpkin curry that combines the flavors of fall with those of Asia – this is the perfect dish to fill you up and keep you warm on a chilly night. Get the recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/vegetarian-vegan/asian-style-pumpkin-curry/

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