Butternut Squash Curry

Two hands holding bowl of butternut squash curry with rice.

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 ginger, garlic and additional spices.
  • Add celery and shallots.
  • Add coconut milk and simmer.

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.

Vegan Butternut Squash Curry Recipe

Two hands holding bowl of butternut squash curry with rice.

Indian Butternut Squash Curry

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: butternut squash curry, squash curry, squash curry indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 594 kcal

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

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 pounds butternut squash peeled and diced (about 4 cups)
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger peeled and minced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • 3 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. To the skillet add garlic, ginger and spices. Cook, about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add shallot and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened. 

  3. Add the coconut milk to the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until thickened. (Be careful not to boil, as the coconut milk may separate.) Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Serve curry on top of rice, topped with chopped cilantro and peanuts. 

Nutrition Facts
Indian Butternut Squash Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 594 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Sodium 185mg 8%
Potassium 1539mg 44%
Total Carbohydrates 110g 37%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 9g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 802.6%
Vitamin C 100%
Calcium 23.5%
Iron 23.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was originally published in December 2016. It was updated in May 2019 to add new content and photographs. The original curry recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

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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26 comments

  1. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    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!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I agree Marlynn! Plus, the gift of a subscription would be great at holiday time too!

      Reply

  2. Pech

    Squash curry sounds so great today since it’s colder and dark and dreary!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      This is definitely a go-to comfort food on chilly days!

      Reply

  3. April

    I haven’t tried out any of the meal delivery services yet but I have some friends who really love Blue Apron.

    Reply

  4. Alma @ Writer India

    This looks so scrumptious! I love lively dishes similar to this– it makes eating a lot more pleasurable.

    Reply

  5. Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman

    We are crazy for butternut squash this time of year, and this looks amazing! We are having Indian food tomorrow, so I will add it too the menu and give it a try.

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    1. Erin

      I hope you enjoy Renee!

      Reply

  6. Picky person

    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”.

    Reply

  7. Keiko Okawa


    It was delicious! I will definitely be making it from now on.

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    1. Erin

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked this dish Keiko!

      Reply

  8. Consuelo Matte


    I made it and it was A M A Z I N G!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      So happy to hear that you liked the curry Consuelo!

      Reply

  9. Barbara


    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.

    Reply

  10. Betty


    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.

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  11. Becca


    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!

    Reply

  12. jana seitzer


    This looks incredible. Can’t wait to try this for dinner!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope it’s a hit Jana!

      Reply

  13. Katie Carrick


    I’m always looking for more meatless options to turn to. Will definitely have to try this out as curry anything is usually a hit.

    Reply

  14. Amanda


    Curries are one of my favorite things to make for dinner. I seriously cannot wait to try this!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Amanda!

      Reply

  15. Hillary Knudsen

    Butternut squash curry is my go to dish in the fall – Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you enjoy Hillary!

      Reply

  16. Mary


    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!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you guys love it Mary!

      Reply

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