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Hearty and full of flavour! This vegan friendly coconut curry is delicious on its own or even better paired with soft homemade pan fried garlic naan bread.
Butternut squash. Such a versatile fruit. That’s right! Fruit! Who knew?! It’s considered a fruit because it grows on a vine. Having said that, no one consumes it like fruit and mainly cooks it like a vegetable. The nutty and sweet flavour of this winter squash is sort of like the sister to a pumpkin. I decided to make this dish because it is different than the usual soup or side dish you’d normally make with squash. (plus, we’re dabbling with the idea of incorporating more vegan / vegetarian dishes in our household. Keyword: dabbling). Using the coconut milk made it more creamy and flavourful. Pair it with my homemade naan and wowie! You’ve got yourself a wholesame meal!

*Good To Know*

  • How to peel uncooked butternut squash?
    Uncooked butternut squash is tougher to cut through due to its raw state (but not impossible!). Some prefer to bake then peel it (which is totally fine), however for our curry, we’ll need to do this prior to cooking. We want to cook our curry with uncooked squash due to the amount of liquid we’re adding to soften it and also because we want our squash to retain some solid texture. If we start with already cooked squash, it will end up turning into soup.
    Start by cutting off the top (stem) and bottom part using a cleaver or very sharp knife (the flat ends will help keep the squash upright at times). Place the squash on the cutting board vertically then use a vegetable peeler and start from the middle of the squash to peel the skin with downward strokes OR place squash on its side, length wise and peel with sideways strokes, away from you. Do this until half of the squash has been peeled. Flip the squash around and repeat the same peeling process until the entire squash is peeled. Cut the squash in half, length wise and use a soup spoon or paring knife to scrape out the seeds from the squash. Cut squash into approximately 1 x 1 inch cubes.
    An alternative to this can be ready-to-cook peeled & cubed butternut squash you can buy at most grocery stores now.
  • Why add white wine?
    This is optional. Adding wine such as chardonnay (or other white wine with fruity ripe notes ) enhances the flavour and aroma of our curry. If you want to keep this dish kid-friendly then you can totally skip the wine.
  • Can I use yoghurt instead of coconut milk?
    Absolutely! I stuck with coconut milk to make our curry vegan friendly but you can substitute for 1 cup plain, regular or greek yoghurt for sure (or even regular milk).

Before you begin, see my notes on peeling and cutting the butternut squash above. It’s easier to use uncooked butternut squash because you can control its consistency during the cooking process. I mean, who wants to end up with baby food type of squash?! Unless that’s your preference… hey… no one’s judging here! Hmm… that gives me an idea to create future posts on baby food! The key is to cut your squash into even size cubes so that we don’t end up with uneven cooked squash.

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With just a few ingredients, you’ll be able to turn this dish into a hearty meal. I only used curry powder to keep it simple, however, if you have garam masala, add 1 to 2 teaspoons to enhance your curry with this spice blend.

peel and cut butternut squash

When it comes to cooking, the order in which you add your ingredients plays a role in how it’s being sauteéd or seared and how the flavours are developing in layers. For example, adding garlic and onions as the first layer releases a beautiful aroma. Layering the butternut squash into the garlic/onions with the help of salt, helps brown the squash by drawing out the juice. Once the chickpeas and curry powder have been mixed in, the heat continues to marry these flavours together and with a dash of wine the aroma intensifies and flavour is enhanced.  When following a recipe, I recommend to follow it to a tee as there is a reason as to why you are adding the ingredients in that order.

butternut squash chickpea curry

order of ingredients

Adding the coconut milk near the end will help avoid the curry from curdling (along with consistent stirring and retaining medium low to low heat). The reason we add the coconut milk last is because we don’t want the oils and proteins in the milk to separate. The end result is truly lip-smacking delicious and you wouldn’t even care that this is vegan!

butternut squash chickpea coconut curry

butternut squash chickpea coconut curry

Butternut Squash Chickpea Coconut Curry

Hearty and full of flavour! This vegan friendly butternut squash chickpea coconut curry is delicious on its own or even better paired with soft homemade garlic pan fried naan bread.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup (2 small) yellow onions, diced
  • 1 tablespoon (4 cloves) garlic, minced
  • 1 medium (3.5 lbs) butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded & cubed
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 can (28 oz) chickpea, drained
  • 1 cup (237 ml) white wine (chardonnay), (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • cups (828 ml) vegetable stock
  • 1 cup (237 ml) coconut milk

Garnish

  • 1 tablespoon green onions, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • In a large soup or stock pot, heat olive oil on high heat. Add yellow onions and sauteé for 1 minute. Add garlic and continue sauteéing until fragrant and onions are translucent.
  • Add butternut squash, sea salt and black pepper. Mix for 2 minutes on high heat. Add chickpeas and continue mixing for 1 minute.
  • Pour white wine over squash and keep stirring for another 3 minutes or until the wine has evaporated a little bit. (skip this step if you're not using wine)
  • Sprinkle curry powder onto squash and stir continuously on high heat for 1 minute. Add vegetable stock and bring to boil. Cover pot with lid and turn heat down to medium low. Cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Remove pot lid and cook curry uncovered for another 20 minutes to allow some of the liquid to evaporate and thicken curry. Pour coconut milk into curry, mix and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped green onion and serve with Naan bread or rice.
Category: Main Course
Diet: Vegan
Keyword: chickpea, coconut, curry, naan, squash

Tips

How to peel uncooked butternut squash?
Uncooked butternut squash is tougher to cut through due to its raw state (but not impossible!). Some prefer to bake then peel it (which is totally fine), however for our curry, we’ll need to do this prior to cooking. We want to cook our curry with uncooked squash due to the amount of liquid we’re adding to soften it and also because we want our squash to retain some solid texture. If we start with already cooked squash, it will end up turning into soup. Start by cutting off the top (stem) and bottom part using a cleaver or very sharp knife (the flat ends will help keep the squash upright at times). Place the squash on the cutting board vertically then use a vegetable peeler and start from the middle of the squash to peel the skin with downward strokes OR place squash on its side, length wise and peel with sideways strokes, away from you. Do this until half of the squash has been peeled. Flip the squash around and repeat the same peeling process until the entire squash is peeled. Cut the squash in half, length wise and use a soup spoon or paring knife to scrape out the seeds from the squash. Cut squash into approximately 1 x 1 inch cubes.
An alternative to this can be ready-to-cook peeled & cubed butternut squash you can buy at most grocery stores now.

Why add white wine?
This is optional. Adding wine such as chardonnay (or other white wine with fruity ripe notes ) enhances the flavour and aroma of our curry. If you want to keep this dish kid-friendly then you can totally skip the wine.
Can I use yoghurt instead of coconut milk?
Absolutely! I stuck with coconut milk to make our curry vegan friendly but you can substitute for 1 cup plain, regular or greek yoghurt for sure (or even regular milk).
Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash Chickpea Coconut Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Sodium 2589mg113%
Potassium 947mg27%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 20414IU408%
Vitamin C 44mg53%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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