Recipe/ Vegan African/Vegetarian/ vegetarian

Butternut curry

Rainbow food series – orange

2013-03-16 20.10.23

Since challenging myself to get better acquainted with Indian cooking, making the perfect chicken curry and the use of fragrant spices, I have tried out quite a few recipes and really liked them. In fact I would say I am much more confident when whipping up a curry with whatever I have got in my fridge.

I needed to make something orange, and thought I would try out a butter nut squash curry.


2 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
1 tsp cardamom pods
1 tbsp whole cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric  powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (goes well with butternut)
1 brown onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 inch of fresh ginger, finely minced
320 g or 1 small butternut squash, inch cubed
1 orange flesh sweet potato, inch cubed
optional broccoli
1 can of cannellini  beans
1 can of coconut milk

1. Quickly grind the cumin and squeeze the cardamom pods with a knife so that they split. Heat up the ghee (or oil if you are vegan) and lightly fry the spices for about 30 seconds.
2. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and fry for 1 minute. Add the butternut and sweet potatoes (broccoli is using). Allow to brown slightly. If you find it too dry, you may add a further tablespoon of oil or ghee.
3. Add the cannellini beans, including juice. A good bean stock never goes to waste. Finally, add the coconut milk and bring to a gentle simmer.
4. After 15 minutes, check that all veggies are cooked (they would be). Check seasoning and serve with rice, chapati, roti or your favourite naan bread.

I had mine with rice combined with some yellow and green day samples.


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  • Reply
    April 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    i love the creative addition of broccoli and the cannellini beans!! don’t you just love playing with east indian spices?!?!

    • Reply
      April 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      I love it now that I think I know a tad bit more of what I am doing 🙂

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    Conor Bofin
    April 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Lovely looking curry. I am just starting a journey into Indian food.

    • Reply
      April 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you :). I must admit I stayed away from it for ages but I ventured out to my local Indian spice mega market and I now have a lot of spice that I will use with much more confidence.

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    April 4, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Oh my goodness! This dish looks insanely good! twolololo

    • Reply
      April 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you. Lets hope it passes the taste test when others try it

  • Reply
    May 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Hi there, today I am collecting pumpkin recipes. Please do drop me a line on if you are ok with me linking to your post in my blog (Carole’s Chatter). Cheers

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    May 30, 2013 at 9:14 am

    that looks amaze!!!

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