Pumpkin & Coconut Curry

A curry that sits somewhere between South India and Sri Lanka, it combines coconut, cardamom and lime. It’s a fragrant, creamy, slightly mellow curry, but ramp up the chilli heat if you want a less mellow version.  You can mix and match to whatever squash is in season, but our favourites are sweet potato and regular butternut squash.

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Serves: 4



240g Rude Health Coconut Drink
850g pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled deseeded and diced
1tsp ground turmeric
3 green cardamom pods, deseeded and ground
1tbsp tomato puree
Salt & pepper
2tbsp coconut oil
1 red large onion, quartered
1-2 small red chillies, de-seeded (use the seeds and/or more if you’d like this spicy)
1cm piece of ginger
4 large, ripe tomatoes diced
2tbsp peanut butter
2tsp coconut sugar
160g coconut cream
Zest and ½ lime (feel free to add more to taste)
1 small bunch fresh coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 200c (fan). Coat the pumpkin with the spices, tomato puree and a tbsp of the oil. Put the coated pumpkin in a roasting tin and roast the pumpkin until soft, about 20-25 minutes.
  2. While the pumpkin is roasting, make the sauce by putting the onion, chilli and ginger with a dash of water into a food processor and blending it into a paste.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat and melt the remaining oil. Cook the onion, chilli and ginger paste for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Then add the curry leaves and cook for another minute, until the curry leaves are fragrant.
  4. Turn down the heat slightly and add the chopped tomatoes to the pan. Allow these to cook down for approximately 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pan’s contents resemble a think sauce.
  5. Next, add the peanut butter, sugar, coconut cream and Coconut Drink and simmer for another 8-10 minutes. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Add the roasted pumpkin, be sure to scrape in all the lovely crisp bits from the tin. Allow this to simmer for another 2-3 minutes until everything is heated through.
  7. Finish by stirring through the lime juice and coriander. Check the seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you wish. Serve with your choice of grain and/or raita.
  8. Eat now, thank us later.