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Vegan Pumpkin Curry – Paleo, Gluten-free & Whole30

Learn how to make Vegan Pumpkin Curry with this easy recipe! The perfect balance of traditional spice, fall and comfort food combined into an easy-to-make meal.  It’s paleo, Whole30 compliant if modified and gluten-free. Feel free to add your favorite protein if that’s your preference. 

overhead shot of a bowl with vegan pumpkin curry

This Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Curry is the perfect easy weeknight dinner! 

Anyone sick of pumpkin yet? Clearly, I’m not. I’m cranking out allllll this pumpkin this year and I’m all about it. Pumpkin Curry is happening.

However, there ain’t no shame in my pumpkin game friends. Can’t stop, won’t stop. Although, this might be the last pumpkin recipe for the season. That means you’re either crying in a corner or bathing a sigh of relief.

In case you’re one of the crying-in-the-corner types, head over to my Pumpkin Pie Egg Muffins or my Grain-Free Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread to drown your sorrows.

close-up of a bowl of Vegan Pumpkin Curry garnished with chopped basil

About the pumpkin craze…

All of this pumpkin craze of recent years has really got me thinking. When did it really begin? I mean, yeah, growing up pumpkins were always part of the season. We had pumpkins at Halloween, pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and fall foliage decor had always included pumpkins.

But when did it become a thing? Was it in part due to America’s love affair with the pumpkin spice latte? (Which you can find my better-for-you Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte here.) Perhaps it was the advent of social media where everything is now viral and “must-have”.

Whichever it was, I’m here for the pumpkin.

How to make this Vegan Pumpkin Curry recipe: 

For all of this pumpkin talk, I have to tell you… I swapped some of the pumpkins in this vegan pumpkin curry recipe out for sweet potato. Did I just blow my entire credibility with you?

Hear me out.

overhead shot of a bowl of vegan pumpkin curry with roasted sweet potatoes and chopped basil

First, yes. This is a Pumpkin Curry with pumpkin. But I had the option to add even more pumpkin in the form of roasted pumpkin. And I chose not to.

Instead, I roasted up some sweet potato cubes to add into the curry. The reason for that is because I know that you are more likely to roast up some sweet potato than buy a baking pumpkin and toast that up. It’s less cumbersome and you’ll be able to make it year around should you choose.

Finding a pumpkin to roast in February is nearly impossible and would make this a difficult curry recipe to enjoy. But a sweet potato? Year around baby! Canned pumpkin? Year around baby! This pumpkin curry recipe is too delicious to be seasonal.

While I love spicy foods and curries can often lean on the spicier side of things, this pumpkin curry is not spicy. For one, if it’s too spicy my kids won’t eat it. But two, I really wanted the warmer spices in this dish to shine through.

I used a pumpkin pie spice blend to give a solid layer of fall flavor to this vegan pumpkin curry recipe and if the dish was too spicy, those notes would get lost in the shuffle.

Vegan Pumpkin Curry with chunks of roasted sweet potatoes served in a blue bowl placed on a wooden board

Also, I intentionally made this pumpkin curry vegan. While you don’t find a lot of vegan recipes on this site I wanted to create a hearty meal that was loaded with veggies and available for you to make for your non-meat loving friends.

This pumpkin curry recipe is so easy – no cooking skills required! 

 It’s a simple recipe with simple technique so there’s very little to loop you in on technique-wise. I’ve tried to come up with an engaging, personal story about curry but I don’t have any stories from my non-existent summer abroad in India.

This Pumpkin Curry from The Whole Smiths is the perfect balance of traditional spices and seasonal delight. It's paleo, Whole30, and even vegan. 

But for SEO purposes, this vegan pumpkin curry post should be longer. And you deserve some entertainment.

So maybe I tell you about when I lived in San Francisco back in my 20’s and my roommate and I would come home after the bars and prank call our friends asking if they had any curry on hand. It was somewhat on rotation and we thought we were high-larious. Literally, if you get what I’m throwing down.

I’ve gone too curry far… 

How and why I am confessing this now all for the sake of this post is beyond me. But truly, at the time I cannot remember laughing so hard. My friend is an incredible actress and never broke character. The number of friends and guys we were dating (or had made out with) that continued to chat with a stranger looking for curry was, and is, mind-boggling.

I would have hung up in a heartbeat. Or more likely not even answered a midnight call. If you were one of those people baffled by your weekend curry call… that was us. I’m… sorry. But thank you for giving us endless entertainment.

overhead shot of a bowl of vegan Pumpkin Curry garnished with chopped basil

Oh no. Now I’ve said too much and tarnished my reputation as a serious, no-nonsense, straight-laced cookbook author. Just kidding, I never had that reputation. Bring on the nonsense.

And the Pumpkin Curry. Enjoy!

Tips for making this pumpkin curry recipe: 

  • When buying canned pumpkin, make sure to check the nutrition label on the can. Try and go for organic and avoid the “canned pumpkin pie mix”. That one usually comes with added sugar, preservatives and all kinds of additives.
  • You can make your own pumpkin pie spice by mixing 1/4 cup of ground Ceylon cinnamon with 2 tablespoons of powdered ginger,  2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg, and 1 tsp ground cloves. Feel free to add another teaspoon of allspice, for more of a “kick”. Store your homemade pumpkin pie spice in a small glass container.
  • Make sure not to brown the garlic too much as it might turn bitter. 

Variations on this vegan pumpkin curry recipe: 

As with all of the recipes on my site, I encourage you to make this vegan pumpkin recipe your own.

  •  If you’d prefer to have some meat-based protein, add it. I’d cook it in the skillet/pan/ dutch oven first, remove it, cook the rest of the curry recipe as is and add it back in the end. Chicken and ground turkey would both be delicious options in this one. If you’re doing a Whole30, I highly suggest adding some protein in.
  • If you’re reading this pumpkin curry recipe and it’s fall and you’d like to swap roasting pumpkin in place of sweet potatoes, go for it. It will be delicious.
  • You can also use butternut squash if you’d like. 

FAQ: 

Is this Pumpkin Curry Whole30 compliant? 

Yes, it is – if you skip the honey. Instead, you can soak about 3 dates in hot water and process them with a tbsp of water until very smooth. Add this paste to the curry. And no – processed date syrup is not a great alternative.

More vegan recipes: 

If you’re looking for other vegan options, I might suggest these Kohlrabi Noodles I made recently or these Cauliflower Noodles with Pumpkin. They are both creamy, delicious and totally vegan.

 

Pumpkin Curry

This Pumpkin Curry from The Whole Smiths is the perfect balance of traditional spices and seasonal delight. You can feel good about eating it too! It's paleo, Whole30, dairy-free and even vegan. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Paleo, Vegan, Whole30
Keyword: curry with pumpkin, paleo pumpkin curry, vegan pumpkin curry
Servings: 4 servings
Author: The Whole Smiths

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cubed (about 4 cups of one inch cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 head broccoli broken down into florets about 3-4 cups of florets
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion cut into large pieces
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated/zested ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 15- ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 15- ounce can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup honey omit for Whole30
  • 2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425* F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Add the sweet potatoes, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a large bowl and toss to coat the sweet potato evenly. Spread evenly onto one of the parchment-lined baking sheets and roast for 45 minutes.
  • In the same bowl add the broccoli, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and another 1/2 teaspoon of salt and toss to coat. Spread the broccoli in an even layer onto the remaining baking sheet and bake at 425*F for 20-25 minutes.
  • While the vegetables roast heat a dutch oven (or large pot) over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and 1/2 a teaspoon of the salt and sauté until the onions are golden brown and lightly caramelized, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Add the ginger to the onions and stir while it cooks, about 1 minute. After one minute, add the garlic and stir for an additional minute.
  • Next, add the pumpkin, coconut milk, broth, honey, curry powder, remaining teaspoon of salt, lime juice, smoked paprika, pumpkin pie spice, and black pepper to the pot and stir to combine. Bring the curry to a simmer and continue to simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  • Add the roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli to the pot and stir to combine.
  • To serve, pour the curry into a bowl and garnish with a generous pinch of basil.

Notes

  • When buying canned pumpkin, make sure to check the nutrition label on the can. Try and go for organic and avoid the “canned pumpkin pie mix”. That one usually comes with added sugar, preservatives and all kinds of additives.
  • You can make your own pumpkin pie spice by mixing 1/4 cup of ground Ceylon cinnamon with 2 tablespoons of powdered ginger,  2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg, and 1 tsp ground cloves. Feel free to add another teaspoon of allspice, for more of a “kick”. Store your homemade pumpkin pie spice in a small glass container.
  • Make sure not to brown the garlic too much as it might turn bitter. 

 

 

 

 

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1 thought on “Vegan Pumpkin Curry – Paleo, Gluten-free & Whole30

  1. I made this for dinner tonight, and we enjoyed it! It was perfect because we had these ingredients that needed to be used. Thanks for the recipe.

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