Make this Spicy Thai Pumpkin Red Curry in under 20 minutes for your weeknight dinner (vegan, gluten-free).
About This Recipe
Thai Pumpkin Curry is a quick and easy-to-make spicy curry made using red curry paste, pumpkin puree, pumpkin cubes, and a few other ingredients. It has a creamy coconut milk base that goes great with rice or quinoa.
This one-pot Thai red pumpkin curry is hearty, delicious, and made using ingredients that are easy to find. The curry can be customized easily and the recipe can be doubled or tripled.
Thai Pumpkin Red Curry recipe uses both pumpkin puree as well as cubed pumpkin, which means this one is high on fall flavors.
The taste of pumpkin along with the creaminess from coconut milk and the burst of flavors from Thai red curry paste, everything together just creates pure magic. You have to try it to believe me!
This Thai Pumpkin curry recipe is also a great dish to make ahead of time, pack, and store for your weekly meals along with some steamed rice.
It is vegan and gluten-free too.
Pumpkin – Pumpkin is the star ingredient of this recipe. You will need both cubed pumpkin and pumpkin puree.
Sugar pumpkins are the best to make this curry.
To save time, you can buy already cubed pumpkin pieces from the store. Make pumpkin puree at home using my easy recipe or use canned puree.
You can also replace the pumpkin with squash like Kabocha Squash, Butternut Squash, or Acorn Squash.
Thai Red Curry Paste – This paste gives a very unique Thai flavor to the curry. You will get it in the Asian aisle of any grocery store or online.
Make sure to use vegan Thai curry paste if vegan/vegetarian is your concern.
Replace Thai red curry paste with Green Curry Paste or Yellow Curry Paste for a taste change.
Coconut Milk – It adds creaminess to Thai pumpkin curry. Use full fat coconut milk for the best taste and texture.
Vegetables – Along with pumpkin, I have also added onions and bell peppers. You can also add other fresh veggies like mushrooms, green beans, sweet potato, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, or proteins such as tofu or chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Chicken or shrimp will work great too.
Vegetable Stock – Make a batch of vegetable stock at home using my easy recipe or buy canned.
Brown Sugar – It gives a hint of sweetness to the curry. You can replace it with jaggery too.
Basil – Basil adds an authentic Asian flavor to the curry, so do not miss this. If you can find Thai Basil, amazing! But if you can’t, you can use regular basil too.
Tamarind Paste – Tamarind paste balances the sweet and salty flavors very well.
Others – Apart from the above-mentioned ingredients, you will also need vegetable oil, garlic, fresh ginger, and red chilies. Adjust the chilies as per your taste.
You can also add some fish sauce, light soy sauce, and lime juice (or lemon juice) to this pumpkin curry recipe.
How To Make Thai Pumpkin Curry
Heat 2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
Once the oil is hot, add 2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic, 2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger, and ¼ cup thinly sliced onions, and saute for a minute.
Add 3 tablespoon Thai red curry paste and cook for 1-2 minutes on medium heat, stirring continuously.
Stir in 2 cups of vegetable stock and bring the curry to a boil.
Now add ½ cup sliced mixed bell peppers, ¼ cup pumpkin puree, 400 g peeled and cubed pumpkin, and ½ cup water, and mix well.
Reduce the heat to low.
Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 10-12 minutes until the pumpkin is tender.
Remove the lid and add 2 cups of coconut milk, 2 teaspoon brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon tamarind paste, and cook for 2 minutes.
Check for salt and add if needed.
Garnish with a handful of torn Thai basil, 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro and 1 teaspoon sliced red chilies. Serve hot with steamed rice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Wash the pumpkin and cut it in half horizontally using a sharp paring knife. Remove the seeds using a large spoon. Cut the pumpkin half into thin wedges and peel the skin. Cut into 1-inch cubes.
There are a lot of things you can do with leftover pumpkin puree. Here are some ways
You can use it to make a delicious sauce that can be poured over your grilled meat or vegetables.
Use the puree in desserts like pies, muffins, cheesecakes, etc.
Use it to make bread.
You can stir it in your morning breakfast of oatmeal to flavor it.
Add it to quesadillas or even tacos.
Make a pumpkin chia pudding, for your after-meal dessert.
Here are some of my favorite pumpkin recipes that you can try – Pumpkin Banana Bread, Pumpkin Dump Cake, Pumpkin Hummus, or Pumpkin Apple Soup.
You can also serve a light and delicious Thai Salad on the side for a complete Thai meal.
Pumpkin Red Thai Curry will last in the fridge for about 2 to 3 days when stored in an airtight container. Reheat only the amount you want to serve, as reheating, again and again, can hamper the taste of the curry.
You can either reheat it in a pan or in the microwave until nice and warm and then serve it with some steamed rice or any other accompaniment that you prefer.
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Spicy Thai Pumpkin Red Curry Recipe
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
- ¼ cup thinly sliced onions
- 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- ½ cup sliced mixed bell peppers
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 14 ounce pumpkin (400 g, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes)
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
- handful of Thai basil (roughly torn)
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon chopped red chili
- Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add garlic, ginger, and onions, and saute for a minute.
- Add red curry paste and cook for 1-2 minutes on medium heat, stirring continuously.
- Stir in vegetable stock and bring the curry to a boil.
- Now add bell peppers, pumpkin puree, pumpkin cubes, and ½ cup water, and mix well.
- Reduce the heat to low.
- Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 10-12 minutes until the pumpkin is tender.
- Remove the lid and add coconut milk, brown sugar, and tamarind paste, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Check for salt and add if needed.
- Garnish with a handful of torn Thai basil, cilantro, and red chilies. Serve hot with steamed rice.