Savory Vegan Pumpkin Curry: A Flavorful Gluten-Free Delight


For the curry:

  • 1 small pumpkin, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 can (400g) of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (400ml) of coconut milk
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

For the rice:

  • 1 cup of basmati rice (or any gluten-free rice of your choice)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Prepare the Rice:

    • Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
    • In a saucepan, combine the rinsed rice, water, and salt. Bring to a boil.
    • Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. Fluff the rice with a fork and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Curry:

    • In a large pot, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.
    • Add the chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until it becomes translucent.
    • Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger, and sauté for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the Spices:

    • Add the curry powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add Pumpkin and Coconut Milk:

    • Add the cubed pumpkin and chopped red bell pepper to the pot. Stir to coat them with the spices.
    • Pour in the coconut milk and mix well.
  5. Simmer:

    • Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the curry simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender.
  6. Add Chickpeas:

    • Stir in the chickpeas and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until they're heated through and the flavors meld.
  7. Season and Serve:

    • Season the curry with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the spices to your preference.
    • Serve the pumpkin curry over a bed of cooked rice.
    • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for added freshness and flavor.

Enjoy your vegan and gluten-free pumpkin curry!