Butternut Squash Curry

This curry is served over brown rice, which is heartier and more flavorful than the conventional white variety.
Martha Stewart Living, October 2009
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 2 medium butternut squashes (about 2 pounds), peeled, halved, and seeded
  • 1 large onion, cut into large chunks
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 cups plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 two-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice, for serving
  • Fresh cilantro, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Cut solid sections of squashes into large chunks and seed-pod sections into 3/4-inch-thick wedges. Puree onion, garlic, and 1 tablespoon water in a blender until smooth.

  2. Heat oil in a 4-quart pot over medium heat. Add mustard seeds, fennel seeds, and coriander, and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in onion paste and ginger. Cook, stirring often, until caramelized, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Add tomato paste, scraping bottom of pot if needed. Stir in remaining 3 cups water, the salt, and crushed red-pepper flakes. Add squash, and cover partially. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer gently until squash is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve over brown rice with cilantro and lime wedges.

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Reviews (2)

  • maratl2 29 Jan, 2010

    Delicious recipe! An easy variation that I've tried is to use 1 15 oz can of pumpkin and two chopped sweet potatoes in place of the butternut squash. Enjoy!

  • JaneLarsson 17 Dec, 2009

    This is excellent over broiled or poached cod or tofu. I omitted the rice and served the squash curry directly on top of the cod the first night. This curry become more spicy each day as the flavors of the pepper flakes and ginger expand in the sauce.
    I modified the recipe as follows:
    -tossed the cut up squash in 1 TBSP cornstarch
    -added 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon cloves
    -increased coriander and red pepper flakes to 1/2 teaspoon