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Nourishing Yellow Chickpea Pumpkin Curry with Coconut Brown Rice

Nourishing yellow chickpea pumpkin curry simmered in cozy spices and served with fragrant coconut brown rice. This vegan pumpkin curry recipe is packed with plant based protein and perfect for meal prep!

Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine Asian
Keyword chickpea pumpkin curry, pumpkin curry, vegan pumpkin curry, yellow pumpkin curry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 491 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the brown rice:
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • For the curry:
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cubed fresh pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 1 small head cauliflower, broken into florets (3-4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more if you like it a little spicy
  • 1 (15 ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetarian broth
  • 2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • To garnish: cilantro and chopped peanuts


  1. To make the brown rice: Add one cup of brown rice to a pan along with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Toast rice over medium heat for 1 minute until fragrant. Next and 2 1/4 cups of water to a pot; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove pan from heat and allow rice to sit in pot with lid on for 10 minutes.
  2. Place a large pot over medium high heat. Add in coconut oil, garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds, then add in green onion, carrot, cauliflower florets and cubed pumpkin. Saute for about 5 minutes until cauliflower and pumpkin begin to soften a bit.
  3. Next, add in curry powder, turmeric and cayenne; cook spices for 30 seconds before adding in coconut milk, broth, peanut butter, soy sauce/coconut aminos and salt and pepper; stir well to combine. Allow to cook 5 minutes more, then stir in bell pepper and chickpeas; simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Before serving, stir in frozen peas and simmer an additional minute, then taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  5. Pour into bowls or divide into meal prep containers. Garnish with cilantro and chopped peanuts.

Recipe Notes

To store: store this yellow pumpkin curry in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

To freeze: Be sure to not overcook the vegetables. Let the curry cool completely before transferring to a freezer safe bag or container. Freeze for up to 2 months. I would not recommend freezing the pumpkin curry with rice. To reheat it, simply thaw the chickpea pumpkin curry in the refrigerator. While the curry is thawing, feel free to make rice, cauliflower rice or quinoa to serve with it. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave for 2 minutes until heated through.

Nutrition Facts
Nourishing Yellow Chickpea Pumpkin Curry with Coconut Brown Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 4))
Calories 491 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8.2g51%
Carbohydrates 79.2g26%
Fiber 16.3g68%
Sugar 7.8g9%
Protein 14.9g30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.