Curried Coconut-Pumpkin Stew

Serve this stew over brown rice or with whole-grain bread. You can also replace the pumpkin with squash or young carrots. The tofu, which is added to the stew in the last 5 to 10 minutes, absorbs the spicy flavors of the broth.
Body+Soul, 2005
  • Yield Makes 4 to 6 generous servings
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  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, cubed (1-inch), seeded pumpkin
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds discarded, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves


  1. In large, heavy pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Saute onion, garlic, jalapeno, and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add curry powder and pumpkin. Cook and stir for 1 minute.

  2. Stir in coconut milk and rice milk; bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer; cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add more milk or water if needed.

  3. Add tofu and red bell pepper. Simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes, uncovered, or until pumpkin is tender. Season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Garnish with whole cilantro leaves. Serve hot.

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