Cauliflower Butternut Squash Curry

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Delicious and fragrant Indian chickpea cauliflower butternut squash curry is a wholesome meal! Vegetables are simmered in aromatic spices and coconut milk.

Cauliflower Butternut Squash Curry

The secret to making vegetables shine is gently stewing them in a luscious curry sauce. I used Patak’s mild curry paste, with robust flavors of coriander, cumin, turmeric, tomato puree, chili pepper, ginger, vinegar, paprika, sugar, tamarind, and garlic.

It gives an authentic and powerful flavor when simmered with rich coconut milk. You could create your own blend, but this concentrated paste is for those looking for some simple instant gratification.

Curry in a cast iron skillet with garnish on top

One pot, pure bliss. This curry recipe is a feast for royalty. The tender pieces of butternut squash and cauliflower soak up the spices, making each spoonful more addicting than the last. Spinach and chickpeas add extra nutrients like protein and fiber, keeping you satisfied.

Have you ever tried making basmati rice at home? It is a game-changer. I’ve eaten rice all my life, and this is by far my favorite variety. The long grains cook up to be light, tender and stay separate like you are eating a cloud. It’s just the right vehicle to soak up the fragrant Indian curry sauce and hearty vegetables.

Homemade garlic naan is the BOMB! We can’t resist ordering some fresh piping hot bread straight from the inferno tandoori oven. Slathered in ghee and fresh garlic, we are naan fiends. They must be dipped and used as a spoon.

bowl of butternut squash curry with chickpeas in a bowl with basmati rice

This homemade Indian chickpea curry will make your smile beaming. You have everything you could want all in one bowl. Don’t be surprised if you sneak seconds or want to be the one who eats it the next day for leftovers!

What is Curry?

This can be confusing because the term is used for different culinary applications. Curry leaves are often used in Indian cooking from the Koengli bush. You can also purchase curry powder that can be a combination of cumin and coriander, however, it may not contain curry leaves. Curry can also be the way you prepare a dish like this chickpea cauliflower curry, which the main ingredients have been simmered like a stew in a spiced sauce. No matter the source, it’s yummy!

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Cauliflower Butternut Squash Curry

Delicious and fragrant Indian chickpea cauliflower butternut squash curry is a wholesome meal! Vegetables are simmered in aromatic spices and coconut milk.
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4.13 from 57 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Entree
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, ghee or grapeseed oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons curry paste, Patak’s Mild Paste
  • 3 cups butternut squash, diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets, cut into small 1-inch sized pieces
  • 15.5 ounces chickpeas, drained, (1 can)
  • 13.5 ounces coconut milk, (1 can)
  • 1 ½ cups water, plus more as need
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces baby spinach, about 4 cups
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • 4 cups basmati rice, cooked


  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large deep pan over medium heat.
  • Add onions and garlic, sauté over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until soft and lightly colored.
  • When the onions are tender, add the 4 tablespoons of curry paste, cooking and stirring for one minute.
  • Add squash, cauliflower, chickpeas, coconut milk, water, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer covered until the squash and cauliflower are tender, stirring occasionally, 35 minutes.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning as needed. If the sauce is too thick, add more water until desired consistency is reached.
  • Stir in the peas, spinach and cilantro leaves. Cook over low heat until spinach has gently wilted.
  • Serve with basmati rice and naan bread if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Butternut Squash Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 940mg39%
Potassium 608mg17%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 12g48%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 11000IU220%
Vitamin C 174.1mg211%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. HMB says

    So tasty, so easy. I get butternut squash and cauliflower a lot from my CSA box, so this dish has become a go-to. And if I cut up the squash and cauliflower the night before, it’s quick to get on the table after work. The Patak’s mild paste is only available at one store in my area and the one jar is enough to make this dish multiple times, but at some point I’m going to have to come up with my own curry paste, as the curry pastes my regular grocery store carries are all labeled “hot.”

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