Butternut Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry

This is a fantastic vegan curry, I know it might seem like extra work roasting the pumpkin, but it makes the pumpkin melting tender and the caramelized edges of the pumpkin really add to the flavour of the dish. This curry has so many colours in it, which clearly means it is both healthy and delicious.

When making the curry, make sure your heat isn’t too high when you are cooking down the onion and other aromatics, you don’t want any of this to brown (or burn). The other thing to watch out for is that you want to stir your spinach in right at the end, so it is still vibrant green and gives the curry that “fresh” kick (I can’t think of a better word for this). I also love serving any Indian curries with a few different chutneys on the side (a mix of sweet, sour and spicy chutneys is the best so you get lots of different flavours).

If you don’t have madras curry powder sitting around in your kitchen, which I didn’t the first time I made this, I just blended it in my spice grinder using the recipe from Food52 – https://food52.com/recipes/33303-madras-curry-powder. But you can also buy this curry blend too.

Butternut and Chickpea Curry

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Butternut pumpkin
  • 2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 4 tsp Madras curry powder divided
  • 1 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil divided
  • 2 Red onions
  • 1 bunch Fresh coriander
  • 1 Green chilli
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 3 cm Chunk of ginger
  • 6 Tomatoes
  • 400 g Tin of chickpeas
  • 100 g Baby spinach
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C.  Halve the butternut and remove the seeds. Cut into roughly  into 2-3cm squares (you don't need to peel it) and chuck on a roasting tray. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the madras curry powder, then the cumin, coriander, and chilli flakes over the pumpkin and season with some salt and pepper. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil over the top and mix everything together so the pieces of pumpkin are well coated in the spices and oil.
  • Place the tray in the oven and roast the pumpkin for about 40 minutes, or until it looks nice and tender and slightly browned around the edges.
  • In the meantime finely slice the red onion, and the stalks off the bunch of coriander. Finely dice the garlic and green chilli.
  • Heat the other tablespoon of oil in a medium saucepan and add the chopped up vegetables. Grate in the fresh ginger and then stir everything together and saute for about 10 minutes until everything is softened.
  • Roughly chop the tomatoes and add these to the pan with the drained chickpeas and the remaining 2 teaspoons of madras curry powder. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Once the pumpkin is roasted, remove from the oven and add to the curry. Simmer for a further 10 minutes
  • Finally, add the baby spinach and stir in and cook for a minute or two until it has just wilted.
  • Serve with some steamed basmati rice and a handful of chopped coriander leaves.
Keyword Butternut Pumpkin, Curry, Vegan
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