Easy Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry

June 22, 2011

Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lemongrass Curry

Hello, I’m back! Eep, has it really been that long? This past month or so has been a blur but the highlights? Three gorgeous friends got hitched and naturally, I had to let my hair down. But as luck would have it, I also got constantly bogged down with sickness and general winter blah. Yes it’s tragic because I barely get sick so plenty of whinging went down. Now I’m suffering from wedding withdrawals…curry

I sure miss blogging though so it’s definitely time to (literally) dust off my camera and kitchen appliances! I admit my kitchen mojo has been a little off so you can imagine just how woeful my meals have been. Lately, I’ve been craving fire and spice and this Pumpkin Curry was perfect. I know I have plenty more to learn about spices (and Asian cuisine in general) but I really love knocking up curry pastes on a whim especially if I have some spare lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves stashed away. Any excuse to add a citrusy touch ;)

Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lemongrass Curry

The beauty of this is you can throw in whatever you like in the curry; your favourite meat, veges or whatever you have sitting in the bottom of your fridge that isn’t sadly limp (for me, it was time to use up my dried chickpeas!). Maybe it was the cold + flu drugs talking but I was happy to go vegetarian and stick to pumpkin and beans (or maybe I was too lazy to go out and buy beef but lets move on). This is one of my fave types of weeknight meals; fast, fresh, simple and made from scratch. It’s the perfect kick-in-the-ass to get me back in the kitchen and away from the frozen meal aisles and drive-thu windows.

Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lemongrass Curry

I didn’t think I added much chilli but da-yem, I pretty much blew my pants off. Which is probably a good thing since I had er, numerous blocked passages that Codral wasn’t doing anything about. And there’s nothing like a blast of chilli to blow the doors wide open am I right? Whether you are a sissy like me, a hot-lovin’ mama or downright sadistic, feel free to add as much chilli as you want, seeds or no seeds. I’ll let your own pain tolerance decide your fate :)

Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lemongrass Curry

Easy Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lemongrass Curry
If using dried chickpeas, they will need to be soaked for 24 hours in advance.
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For paste
  1. 2 large golden shallots (or 3 French shallots), peeled and roughly chopped
  2. 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  3. 10 dried chillis, soaked in hot water to soften then drained
  4. 2 large red chillis, deseeded and sliced
  5. 2.5cm (1 inch) nub of young ginger or galangal, peeled and sliced
  6. 1 lemongrass, lower bulb removed and sliced thinly
  7. 2 kaffir lime leaves
  8. 1/2 Tbl of oil
For curry
  1. 200ml coconut milk
  2. 250ml vegetable/chicken stock or water
  3. 100g dried chickpeas, soaked in cold water overnight and cooked
  4. 500g sweet pumpkin, rind removed and chopped into 3 cm chunks
  5. 150-200g green beans, chopped into 5cm lengths
  6. 1 Tbl of (firmly packed) brown sugar or palm sugar (or to taste)
  7. 2 kaffir lime leaves
  8. Fish sauce
  9. Coriander
Instructions
  1. You’ll need to begin this recipe the day before. Soak the dried chickpeas in plenty of cold water in the fridge for at least 24 hours. Then bring a pot of water to a boil and add the soaked chickpeas. Simmer for about 1.5 hours or until chickpeas are cooked through. Strain and set aside.
  2. To make the paste, grind all the paste ingredients together in a food processor or mortar pestle until it has been completely pulverised.
  3. In a wok or pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground paste and fry for a few minutes or until fragrant (be careful not to burn).
  4. Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lemongrass Curry
  5. Don’t panic, this was a double batch that I made.
  6. Add the coconut milk and stock/water. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer. Add the pumpkin, cooked chickpeas and kaffir lime leaves and simmer gently for about 10 minutes before adding the green beans. Simmer for a further 30-35 minutes or until the vegetables are tender (time may vary depending on the thickness of your diced pumpkin).
  7. Season with brown/palm sugar for sweetness and fish sauce for saltiness. Feel free to add more stock or water if the curry is too thick for your liking (personally I prefer it a little liquidy for perfect rice drenching).
  8. Garnish with coriander and serve with steamed rice or white sticky rice.
  9. Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lemongrass Curry
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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

DoubleJ June 10, 2014 at 19:30

I cook a lot of vegetarian curries so am looking forward to trying this. One observation I would make is that organic canned chickpeas are just as good (and much easier to prepare) as dried chickpeas. Takes a day out of the preparation time.

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Lindsay January 20, 2013 at 03:32

Ohhhhhh this looks like just what I need!!! Thanks for the recipe :)
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anna January 9, 2013 at 18:24

How much rice do you cook additional per person? Which rice do you prefer? I plan to do this but I’m real bad in estimating such things :(

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Citrus and Candy January 10, 2013 at 02:39

Hi Anna,

I usually cook about 1 cup of uncooked rice for two people (this will give you about 2 cups of cooked rice). Of course feel free to cook extra if you’re big eaters! Check out this simple recipe as a guide. As for the type of rice, I usually use jasmine rice but basmati will also work brilliantly. Hope this helps!

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Danielle February 19, 2012 at 05:56

I just made a version of this last night and it was delicious!! I substituted sweet potato for pumpkin and chard greens for green beans. Really outstanding. Thank you for the recipe – I am definitely bookmarking your site!

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Kasey October 25, 2011 at 12:44

I would love to make this, but the recipe is not in english… I think Im missing something?! Please help…

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Citrus and Candy October 26, 2011 at 14:03

Hi Kasey, my blog should be in English?? Can u please let me know whether it’s the entire blog or just posts that are having problems? Oh and let me know if you’re still having problems and I’ll email you the recipe. Thanks!

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Sara @ Belly Rumbles June 25, 2011 at 21:10

Love how it is so versatile! Hehe, glad it fixed those blocked passaged the codral couldn’t.

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:29

Lol Sara, it cleared the sinuses that’s for sure then it burned the heck out of me! >_<

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Priscilla June 23, 2011 at 13:37

This looks SO good. Thanks for the recipe!

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:35

You’re absolutely welcome Priscilla! :)

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Lauren Hetrick June 22, 2011 at 18:15

WOW, I cannot wait to try making this!!! I will come back to post the results! I’m excited. I love currys.

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:35

Hi Lauren, I hope you enjoy the curry! :D

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Reemski June 22, 2011 at 17:59

Darling girl, you’ve inspired me. There’s pumpkin, green beans and cauliflower in the fridge, tinned chickpeas in the cupboard, and a curry paste stashed away….dinner ahoy!

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:36

I’m so glad lovely :) From what I heard that night, it was a good dinner xx

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Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets June 22, 2011 at 16:46

Gorgeous dark shots and the flavors sound fab.

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:36

Thanks so much Xiaolu! xx

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Steph June 22, 2011 at 13:50

I think I’d put myself somewhere between a hot lovin’ mama and downright sadistic ;) I LOVE pumpkin in curries. Sweet potato is also awesome in curries. This looks so good for our the cold nights we’ve having!

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:38

Oh yes Steph, you are indeed a sadistic spicy mama. I don’t know how you handle it!

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chocolatesuze June 22, 2011 at 11:47

day-em that is one sexy looking curry

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:38

Cheers Suze! :D

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Christine June 22, 2011 at 10:50

Yummy! Looks stunning :) And perfect for this cold weather!

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:38

Thanks so much Christine! I’m not a fan of the weather but I luuurrrve the food :P

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Annapet June 22, 2011 at 07:51

Love your photography! Just discovering your site, and I am already a fan!

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:39

Thank you so much! *blush*

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CateCanCook June 22, 2011 at 07:23

Looks delicious!!! Hope you’re feeling better – we have missed you!

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:39

Thanks Cate. I’m slowly recovering and can’t wait to blog regularly again :)

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muppy June 22, 2011 at 07:20

Sounds absolutely perfect!

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Citrus and Candy June 25, 2011 at 23:39

Cheers Muppy! :D

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