Pumpkin with Coconut and Curry

by Erica Dinho on October 18, 2010

Pumpkin with coconut

What to do with so many pumpkins and butternut squash? Of course you can make pies and soup, but how about something different? Here is a simple and delicious side dish made with pumpkin.

It’s fall here in the Northeast and there are pumpkins everywhere. It is hard not to cook with them. I have to confess that it is the first time I cooked with pumpkins and I loved it!

Buen provecho!

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(4 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups diced pumpkin
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut, plus more for garnish

Pumpkin in coconut Milk


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a medium sauce pan. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and pumpkin and cook for about 2 minutes over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the coconut milk, cumin, curry, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the shredded coconut, stir and cook for 2 minutes more. Serve immediately.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachana October 18, 2010 at 12:51 PM

A simple and delicious dish. Bookmarked!


2 Bo October 18, 2010 at 1:05 PM

I love anything with curry in it.


3 gloria October 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Pumpkin with coconout!! Erica sounds deicious, love coconut! and pumpkin! nice recipe! gloria


4 Belinda @zomppa October 18, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Never thought about pumpkin and coconut!


5 rebecca subbiah October 18, 2010 at 3:49 PM

lovely recipe and it is lovely to see a new recipe for pumpkin I added some to cous cous really nice


6 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best October 18, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Oh this looks like such a fantastic recipe! I like the contrast of sweet from the pumpkin with the savory spice of cumin.


7 norma October 19, 2010 at 10:27 AM

I like the combination of the coco and pumpkin. You added a little tropic to fall.


8 esha wadhwa October 20, 2010 at 6:32 AM

sounds delicious!!! will cook and eat soon


9 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen October 20, 2010 at 9:50 AM

What a beautiful fall dish! I agree it is impossible not to cook with pumpkins these days!


10 Sophie October 21, 2010 at 2:34 AM

MMMMMMMMMMMM,..I am going to make it this eveing as a lovely side dish! thanks!


11 Carol October 21, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I’ve never cooked with pumpkin, except for canned! Looks delicious, love it with the coconut, and there’s a lot of nice flavors going on in that dish!

I came over to visit from Tomatoes on the Vine and I’m glad I stopped by, you have a delicious site!


12 Claudia October 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I feel so boring – I never would have paired pumpkin and curry but I am tasting it in my head and nodding, “yes!”


13 Oysterculture October 30, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Love the sound of this curry and it is so seasonal and perfect with the pumpkin. Cannot wait to try.


14 Erica November 1, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Thank you everyone for your comments!


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