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Thai Chickpea and Squash Red Curry

  • Author: Allison
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This cozy Thai chickpea and squash red curry is guaranteed to warm your belly and your soul. Easy to whip up on a weeknight, too.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (balances flavours)
  • 3 heaping cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (1 inch cubes)
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (see note)
  • 1 can (400 mL) full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped (4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Cilantro and chopped roasted almonds, for garnish
  • Cooked brown or white rice, for serving


  1. Warm the coconut oil in a large pot. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-8 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. Stir in the red bell pepper and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the rest of the salt, pepper, Thai red curry paste, tomato paste, and cayenne.
  2. Add the butternut squash, coconut sugar, chickpeas, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and tamari. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then turn down heat to medium-low, cover loosely with the lid, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is very tender. This takes 20-30 minutes, depending on how large your chunks of squash are.
  3. I like to use a potato masher to mash some of the squash at this point; this helps thicken the curry! This is optional, though.
  4. Stir in the kale and cook until bright green. Finally, stir in the lime juice. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired. Add lime juice for brightness or additional salt for depth.
  5. Serve the curry over rice and garnish with cilantro and chopped almonds.


I soaked and cooked chickpeas to use in this recipe, but if you only have canned chickpeas, use 1 14-oz can instead. You’ll only have 1 1/2 cups of chickpeas, but that’s fine.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

Keywords: Thai chickpea red curry with butternut squash