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5 from 1 vote

Golden Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Author: Gena Hamshaw


  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed, melted coconut, or safflower oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs peeled and cubed butternut squash or pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 cups chickpeas, or 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Heaping 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1-2 cups frozen chopped spinach or kale, defrosted and excess water drained out, or 2-3 cups fresh baby spinach (optional)
  • 3-4 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa, for serving (optional)


  • Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or a large pot. Add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook the onions for 7 minutes, or until they're very tender and browning lightly. Add a few tablespoons of water as needed to prevent sticking. Add the garlic and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the garlic is very fragrant. Add the curry, turmeric, garam masala, cinnamon, salt, and black pepper. Give everything a good stir.
  • Add the squash and 2 cups of the vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Turn off the heat. Use an immersion blender to blend the soup about halfway, so that there are still chunks of butternut squash, but some of the squash has been turned into a thick puree. Alternately, you can transfer half of the mixture to a standing blender, blend, and return it to the pot.
  • Stir in the chickpeas, raisins, lime juice, and an additional 1/2 cup broth (or enough to create a thick but easy-to-stir stew). Bring the curry to a gentle simmer again. If you're adding greens, stir them in now and allow them to wilt completely. Check seasonings and adjust to taste. Serve with cooked grains.


Leftovers will keep for up to five days in an airtight container in the fridge and can be frozen for up to 6 weeks.