Curried butternut squash

Curried butternut squash on my Flickr
I bought a butternut squash for the first time last week and decided to make a curry based on recollections of the delicious curried squash sometimes included in the vegetable thali at Ceylonta, an Ottawa restaurant which specializes in Sri Lankan and South Indian cuisine. In case you are also new to the wonderful world of butternut squash, I recommend checking this video out; it might make your peeling experience a little easier :). My recipe makes one large serving, and is a work in progress.

Curried butternut squash

1 t black mustard seeds
1 t cumin seeds
½ c onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 t minced garlic (optional, unless you really dig garlic!)
½ T curry powder
1 t coriander powder
1 c butternut squash, cubed
2 baby potatoes, cubed (optional)
¼ c chickpeas
1 c spinach

1. I did not temper the spices in oil, but would suggest doing so if you would like to experience the full flavour of the black mustard and cumin seeds. Instead, I heated about a ¼ c of water (I used a small pot; use enough to cover the bottom of your pot or skillet), and added the black mustard and cumin seeds. If you are using oil, heat until the black mustard seeds begin to pop (this happens very quickly; be vigilant!).
2. Add the onions and garlic next and heat them until the onions become transparent. Watch the pot carefully, and add more water if necessary to avoid burning them.
3. Once the onions are ready, add approximately ½ c of water, the curry powder, coriander powder, squash and potatoes. Turn the heat to medium-low, and cook for 15-20 minutes.
4. Add the spinach and chickpeas, and cook for another five minutes.

I was on a real curry kick this week and decided to try out another curry for supper the next day.


This is a hybrid of the Happy Herbivore‘s Channa Palak Masala and Indian Spiced Chickpeas and Kale. It was so dang good, that I made it twice; once with chickpeas, and once with kidney beans. I used spinach on both occasions.

– Aly

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20 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    orangepop said,

    you’ll be glad to know I got some UDON noodles I’m excited to try today at the store! yay! what’s your favorite way to eat them?!

  2. 2

    Aly said,

    Hehe, that’s great! I don’t have a favourite way to eat udon noodles because there are so many tasty ways to prepare them! You can see Maureen’s posts where she used udon noodles in a stir fry here and here, and my post about curried udon here. I have been wanting to try out this recipe for Japanese Fox Noodles, but have not had the chance… It looks soooo gooood… Let us know what you end up making!

  3. 3

    Katie said,

    That looks SO tasty!

  4. 4

    Cecilia said,

    My god! I LOVE LOVE LOVE curries – dang it! you make me wanna eat some now :0( Yes, I’ve heard lots of good reviews of HH’s meals – she’s so talented!!

    But your butternut squash curry dish looks spectacular as well!! Cook for me please!

  5. 5

    Ricki said,

    I like the sound of the butternut squash recipe, though I’m so lazy when it comes to squash–it takes forever to peel it! The bean curry looks really yummy, too.

  6. 6

    Lauren said,

    heyy there, thanks for leaving me a comment :)
    your butternut squash curry looks so delicious! i’ll definitely have to try it out sometime.!

  7. 7

    The first curry looks great, but the second one looks incredibly great!

  8. 8

    Sounds delicious! Butternut squash is the best and when you add curry in there? I imagine the taste is sublime. :)

  9. 9

    I’m a slacker and haven’t tackled butternut squash except for the frozen, cubed version! I’m impressed!

  10. 10

    Katy said,

    Mmm, butternut sqaush curry sounds awesome! I just may have to give that a try!

  11. 11

    VeggieGirl said,

    One word says it all: YUM!! :0)

  12. 12

    linds said,

    I’ve been lurking on your blog and was so surprised and happy to see you commented on mine! So sorry I didn’t say anything on yours sooner!! I love the presentation of your curried butternut squash, it looks gorgeous and delicious :)

  13. 13

    Lizzy said,

    I’ve never had butternut squash, but this looks so delicious I think I may have to buy one and try out your recipe =)

  14. 14

    Ohmygosh, I absolutely adore butternut squash. In fact, I just had some today :o).

  15. 15

    quarrygirl said,

    that looks delicious!!!!!!!!! never had a curried butter nut squash before, or anything like it. that recipe loooks a little tough for me, though!

  16. 16

    Aimee said,

    That soup looks amazing!!

  17. 17

    Allison said,

    Wow, all of the colors and flavors in that dish look beautiful!! I love butternut squash…and really, ANY type of squash for that matter. Thanks for posting the recipe…I’ll definitely be bookmarking this one!!

  18. 18

    shellyfish said,

    I love squash and I love curry – enough said!

  19. 19

    Aly said,

    Holy smokes! Thanks for the comments everyone!

  20. 20

    What an inspired recipe! Here’s a different way to use butternut squash, roasted with zucchini and carrots in a couscous salad:
    http://michaelbeyer.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/moroccan-couscous/


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