Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or simply aiming to veg it up, this tasty Chickpea and Butternut Squash curry is ready to rock your plate!

Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry

Say hello to the vegetarian curry of my dreams!

Last week in a fit of laziness, I decided scrap together all the leftover bits and pieces of what I had on hand instead of dragging my booty to the grocery store.

Do you ever do this? It’s basically like living out your own personal version of the show Chopped!

I had exactly 1 pound cubed squash, a few handfuls of baby spinach, one lone onion, a little leftover knob of ginger, and some tasty chickpeas I prepped and then promptly forgot about.

A big bowl of veggie curry was basically meant to be!

All I needed to do is raid my pantry for some garlic, spices, a can of coconut milk, and some fragrant basmati rice and I was good to go.

The flavors were UNREAL together! SO SO GOOD

Butternut Coconut Curry

Bring on the Butternut!

This recipe is great for the pre-cubed butternut squash they sell in grocery stores. I happened to have exactly 1 pound of leftover cubed butternut squash so that’s what I went with.

If you’re starting with a whole butternut squash, that works great too! You’l want to grab one that’s about 1.5-2 pounds.

Peel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Measure out 1 pound of squash cubes using a kitchen scale, or use a measuring cup to measure out approx. 3-4 cups of squash.

Butternut Squash Curry with Chickpeas and Rice

Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry

As written this curry is 100% plant-based which makes it vegan and vegetarian friendly.

This delicious vegetable curry can be made mild, medium, or HOT! Simply choose the curry powder that fits your spice preference and also use the ground cayenne pepper to control the heat. I add extra to give mine a kick!

Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry
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Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry

Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or simply aiming to veg it up, this tasty Chickpea and Butternut Squash curry is ready to rock your plate!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Thai
Keyword Butternut Squash Curry, Chickpea and Butternut Curry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 184 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cubed butternut squash
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP freshly grated or minced ginger
  • 3 TBSP red curry paste
  • 1 TBSP yellow curry powder (mild or hot)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk (15 oz can)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth or stock
  • 1 can chickpeas (15 oz) drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp corn starch (to thicken sauce) optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ground cayenne pepper to adjust heat to taste
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach

SERVING SUGGESTIONS + TOPPINGS

  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts plus extra to taste
  • 2-4 TBSP fresh chopped cilantro
  • basmati rice and/or naan bread for serving

Instructions

  1. Set aside 1 pound of cubed squash. If you're starting with a whole butternut squash, that works too! Peel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Measure out 1 pound of squash cubes using a kitchen scale, or use a measuring cup to measure out approx. 3-4 cups of squash.

  2. Peel and finely dice onion. Peel and finely mince garlic. Measure out all remaining ingredients.

  3. If making rice alongside the curry, cook via package instructions while your curry cooks using a rice cooker, pressure cooker, or via stovetop.

  4. Heat a dutch oven, large pot, or large high-sided skillet to medium-high heat with 1 TBSP coconut oil.

  5. Add onions and saute 4-5 minutes. Next add butternut squash, minced garlic, and ginger. Stir to mix.

  6. Season veggies with curry paste, yellow curry powder, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Stir to mix and allow to cook 2-3 minutes until spices are fragrant.

  7. Next add coconut milk, vegetable broth/stock, and chickpeas. Bring the mixture to a simmer then cover and reduce heat to low.

  8. Allow your curry to cook for about 14-16 minutes or until butternut squash cubes are tender and easily pierced with a fork. If you sliced your squash a little bigger it'll take a wee bit longer, but not much.

  9. Allow a spoonful to cool and taste test. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. The cayenne will control the heat so feel free to make this curry as mild or as spicy as you'd like! No cayenne pepper? Crushed red pepper flakes work too!

  10. For a thicker curry sauce (love it so!) mix 2 teaspoons of corn starch with 2 teaspoons of water. Whisk to combine and swirl into curry.

  11. Swirl fresh baby spinach into the hot curry to wilt, then top with crushed roasted peanuts and fresh cilantro. Serve with fluffy rice and/or naan bread. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This delicious curry can be made mild, medium, or HOT! Simply choose the curry powder that fits your spice preference (mild or hot) and also use the ground cayenne pepper to control the heat. I add extra to give mine a kick!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on choice of grain (rice and/or naan) and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 233mg10%
Potassium 668mg19%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 15964IU319%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

NOTE: If you’d ensure this recipe is gluten-free, simply use certified gluten-free soy sauce or gluten-free Tamari and you’re good to go!

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If you get a chance to try this delish chickpea and butternut squash curry, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • Louise

    5 stars
    I think of this dish constantly…no joke! It is absolutely delicious! Hands down, one of my favourites. I cant wait to make this for family/friends and impress their socks off!

    • So so happy you enjoyed it, Louise! Thank you!

  • 5 stars
    Made myself a batch and divided it into lunch boxes to take to work through the week. Needless to say I’m looking forward to my lunch breaks! I did not have red curry paste so I used more yellow curry powder and it is delicious!

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