Two words: Pumpkin Curry.
Origins of Yellow Curry
Turmeric is what gives yellow curry its vibrant color. This magical spice has been used in India for nearly 4,000 years and has gained popularity throughout the world in part due to its vast medicinal uses (source).
How to Make Pumpkin Yellow Curry
This simple curry requires just 1 pot to make! It all starts with gorgeous pumpkin, which is peeled, seeded, and cubed into bite-size chunks.
The flavor comes in waves thanks to ingredients like curry paste, chili peppers, ginger, garlic, and shallot – a.k.a. the curry dream team.
For vegetables, I went with vibrant red bell pepper and broccoli. That’s all you really need!
And to keep the curry creamy and rich, I opted for light coconut milk, which complements the spicy flavors perfectly.
For a healthy fat and EASY protein, I went with roasted cashews (something I always have on hand). But, if you aren’t into cashews or can’t do nuts, you could also add Quick Crispy Tofu, include Red Lentils, or simply serve over quinoa.
I hope you all LOVE this curry! It’s:
Make this curry for hosting guests this winter and fall or when you need a satisfying dinner on the table fast. It would be an especially great dish to make ahead and pack for lunches throughout the week, as it reheats beautifully!
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1-Pot Pumpkin Yellow Curry
- 1 ½ Tbsp coconut oil (or avocado or grape seed oil // sub water if avoiding oil)
- 1 medium shallot (minced)
- 2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 small red chili or serrano pepper (stem + seeds removed // thinly sliced)
- 1 large red bell pepper (thinly sliced lengthwise)
- 3 Tbsp yellow (or red) Thai curry paste (I prefer Thai True brand)
- 3 ½ cups peeled and cubed pumpkin or butternut squash
- 2 (14-ounce) cans light coconut milk (sub full-fat for extra creamy texture or 1/2 of the coconut milk for vegetable broth for thinner curry)
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup or coconut sugar (plus more to taste // or sub stevia to taste)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 healthy pinch sea salt (~1/4 tsp)
- 1 Tbsp coconut aminos (or sub tamari or soy sauce if not gluten-free)
- 1 cup chopped broccoli
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2/3 cup roasted cashews* (lightly salted or unsalted are best)
- Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add coconut oil, shallot, ginger, garlic, and pepper. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add bell pepper and curry paste and stir. Cook for 2 minutes more. Then add pumpkin and stir. Cook for 2 minutes more.
- Add coconut milk, maple syrup or coconut sugar, turmeric, sea salt, and coconut aminos and stir. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Once simmering, slightly reduce heat to low and cover. You want a simmer, not a boil, which should be around low to medium-low heat.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to soften the pumpkin and infuse it with curry flavor.
- At this time, also taste and adjust the flavor of the sauce/broth as needed. I added more maple syrup for sweetness, sea salt for saltiness, and a bit more curry paste for a more intense curry flavor. Don’t be shy with seasonings – this curry should be very flavorful.
- Once the broth is well seasoned and the pumpkin is tender, add broccoli, lemon juice, and cashews and cover. Simmer for 3-4 minutes more over low to medium-low heat.
- Optional: Scoop out half of the broth/sauce and half of the pumpkin (try to exclude the broccoli) and blend until creamy and smooth in a blender for a thicker, creamier curry. Return to pot and warm for a few minutes before serving.
- Serve as is or over rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice. This dish gets elevated with the addition of fresh lemon juice and Thai or regular basil or cilantro for serving.
- Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until hot.