Butternut Squash Curry + VIDEO

Indian Butternut Squash Curry is a delicious vegan curry simmered with fragrant spices and rich coconut milk.

This squash curry is a recipe that I make on the regular. I like that the ingredients are easy to find in the local grocery store and the fact that it’s a healthy and quick weeknight dinner option.

Not only is it a vegetarian dinner that’s perfect for Meatless Monday but it’s also vegan and totally healthy.

Plus, this delicious vegan curry will be on your dinner table in 45-minutes.

I like to use light coconut milk in this recipe to cut down on calories. Plus, I find that the butternut squash is rich and creamy on its own, meaning that we don’t need the full fat coconut milk to add more body and silkiness to the dish.

Coconut milk is sold in cans and you’ll find it in the Asian foods section of your grocery store.

How To Make Butternut Squash Curry

  • Cook squash until slightly softened.
  • Add shallots.
  • Add ginger, garlic and additional spices.
  • Add coconut milk and simmer.
  • Stir in spinach.
  • Enjoy!

Can you Freeze Butternut Squash Curry?

You can freeze this curry. The texture of the coconut milk may turn a bit grainy after thawing, but the amazing flavor will remain the same. Store tightly covered in the freezer for up to three months.

What to Serve with Butternut Squash Curry

I like to serve this curry with rice or quinoa that I make in the Instant Pot. It also is great served with some naan bread on the side.

Hand holding bowl of butternut squash curry served over white rice with lime wedges.

Curry Recipes:

Wine Pairings with Curry:

  • Dry Riesling is a great match for this squash curry. It’s hint of sweetness will tame down the heat while its acidity stands up to the bold blend of spices.
  • Gewurztraminer is another lightly sweet wine that pairs nicely with this dish.

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Vegan Butternut Squash Curry Recipe

Two hands holding bowl of butternut squash curry with rice.

Indian Butternut Squash Curry

This Indian Butternut Squash Curry is a delicious vegetarian squash curry simmered with fragrant spices and rich coconut milk.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 pounds butternut squash (peeled and diced (about 4 cups))
  • 2 shallots (minced)
  • 8 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger (peeled and minced)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups light coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper (to taste )
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (for garnish)
  • Rice (for serving)


  • In a large skillet heat olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add squash and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until slightly softened.
  • To the skillet add garlic, ginger and spices. Cook, about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add the coconut milk to the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10-15 minutes, until squash is tender. (Be careful not to boil, as the coconut milk may separate.)
  • Add spinach and stir until wilted. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve curry on top of rice, topped with chopped cilantro and peanuts. 
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Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 1539mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 40130IU | Vitamin C: 82.5mg | Calcium: 235mg | Iron: 4.3mg

This recipe was originally published in December 2016. It was updated in January 2020 to add new content and an instructional video. The original curry recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

35 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Curry + VIDEO”

  1. This looks so delicious! I love vibrant dishes like this – it makes eating even more enjoyable 🙂 I’ve never tried Blue Apron, but I have tried most of the other services. They’re so helpful during the holidays especially!

    • 5 stars
      Holy crap, this is unreal. I can’t get enough. I added a little bit more cayenne for a dash more heat, used celery leaves for boldness, and added 1 tsp fenugreek for extra curry flavor. I also made a “coconut milk” by mixing 1.5 cups coconut flour with 3 cups water (vigorously shaken time to emulsify). I think this made is thicker/richer.

      Anyway, this will be an absolute go to as a serving dish for company. So good. Flavor explosion.

  2. Your tag line says “Can I pour you a glass of wine”. Yes, I’m sure you can; as in you are able. You really should ask, “MAY I pour you a glass of wine”.

  3. 5 stars
    The recipe looks great, but blue apron is a terrible choice for vegetarians. You get three meals of their choice and if you don’t like any of the meals, that’s too bad. I’ll stick to my grocery store.

  4. 4 stars
    My husband and I agreed that the curry is missing something, we are just not sure what it is! Maybe it’s because we spent ten days in India last month and I’m trying to copy some of the things we ate while there. I thought the texture of the squash (once it softened) made the curry a bit too much like a thick sauce. We ate two helpings with rice, and I pureed the rest. We will consider it a soup.

  5. 5 stars
    I’m so in love with all curries, and also anything with butternut squash! So this looks like a recipe that is right up my alley. I’m not vegetarian but we love to cook vegetarian every once in a while just for a change. Totally making this!

  6. 5 stars
    Oh goodness this sounds so good, and a great use for butternut squash (I generally get stuck in a soup rut with that squash). Definitely going to give one a shot!

  7. 5 stars
    I did not have celery–but used shredded carrots instead. This was so good! The coconut milk takes it to a new level.

  8. It tasted exactly as I thought it would and I loved it. I will include it in my frequent recipes. Thanks for sharing and greetings from Mexico City.

  9. Changed the order and sauteed the spices in peanut oil in the instant pot, added the shallots, garlic and celery, and then a cup of dry chick peas and squash with some water and cooked them in the instant pot for 40 minutes. Added the coconut milk after. Very yummy.


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