Vegan Pumpkin Chickpea Curry

I know.  Pumpkin curry?  Yes. I did.  And it was so. darn. good.

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My house is the most basic house on the block. Baked pumpkin bread is coming out of the oven every other night, we have pumpkin coffee, pumpkin almond milk, pumpkins scattered around the house, and then I made pumpkin curry.

Well, we decided that we enjoy being basic [girls] because ‘being basic’ tastes darn, freaking delicious.

So this pumpkin curry… you’ll definitely want to bookmark this one.  I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.  This recipe was inspired by my friend Katie, the Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Lamar.  She was sampling this curry in the store and it was delicious.

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Hamilton Beach has graciously provided me with this awesome ‘Set & Forget 6 QT. Slow Cooker‘ and I wanted to put it to use.  I decided to slow cook the pumpkin, instead of baking it.  I’ll tell ya… our kitchen is tiny, and when I am roasting squash and potatoes at 400 degrees, our kitchen is a furnace.  I just sweat and cook, sweat and cook– not a good combo.  The slow cooker kept so much heat trapped, it was fantastic.

And you can win your very own slow cooker!  Stay tuned for details.

After the pumpkin was done, I decided I wanted all fresh pumpkin in my dish.  I used 3 cups as chunks, and 3 cups pureed.  The puree thickens the curry very nicely.

This recipe is actually a piece of cake (or pumpkin?).  I halved the pumpkins and gutted out the middle.  Then I cut a few more slices so it would fit in the slow cooker.

Vegan Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas | www.thefreshfind.com

Vegan Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas | www.thefreshfind.com

I set the pumpkin in the slow cooker, and when I got home, I just diced up the onions, garlic and ginger and threw the rest of the ingredients in a skillet!  I bet you could also make the full thing in the slow-cooker– you just need to pre-cube the pumpkin.

Vegan Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas | www.thefreshfind.com

Vegan Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas | www.thefreshfind.com

There’s nothing like pumpkin curry finished off with some pumpkin bread, a scoop of pumpkin ice cream and a pumpkin espresso on the side…. right?

Oh, and don’t forget to enter to win YOUR Hamilton Beach ‘Set & Forget 6 QT. Slow Cooker’ below!

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Vegan Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas [veg] [v] [gf]

by Kristin Hong

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 3 hours (in slow-cooker)

Keywords: slow-cooker entree soup/stew gluten-free vegan vegetarian



  • 2 small sugar pie pumpkins (or one large)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Fresh Cilantro


For the Pumpkin

Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds and insides.

Cut the pumpkin halves in 3-5 slices.

Place in slow cooker on high for 2.5 hours, or until fork tender.

Once the pumpkin is done and slightly cooled, chop the pumpkin into cubes. Save 3 cups as chunks.

Place 3 cups chopped pumpkin in a blender and blend to a puree.

For the Curry

In a large pan, sauté the onion, ginger and garlic.

Once the onion are translucent, add the curry powder and cayenne pepper. Stir for 1-2 minutes to let the spices open up.

Add the pumpkin cubes, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, brown sugar and salt.

Bring to a simmer and serve over brown rice or quinoa.

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Note: Although the slow cooker was provided by Hamilton Beach, all opinions and recipes are my own.

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  • Reply
    October 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Perfect for a cold fall night! Bookmarking this!

    • Reply
      October 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      It really is perfect! Let me know how it turns out!

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    Pardon My French
    October 29, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Since when did loving fun activities like apple picking and coffee dates and pumpkin everything become a bad thing?? I want to know who made “basic” a negative; it’s for sure a positive! AND this recipe looks aaaamazing. I told Gassy we need a slow-cooker. I’m using this as another reason.

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      October 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Right??!! I’m glad you’re with me. Well maybe you will win the slow cooker and you guys will have one instantly! :)

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    Cindy A.
    October 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    My absolute favorite pumpkin treat is pumpkin cheesecake. Yum!

    • Reply
      October 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Cindy, I TOTALLY agree. I absolutely love pumpkin cheesecake!!

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    November 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    WOW! this looks incredibly delicious!

    I just wanted to take a second to personally invite you to be a part of a virtual recipe swap party that I am hosting. I hope you’ll join- there’s sure to be plenty of great recipes and it’s a great way to meet new bloggers!

    Check out more info on my blog. http://www.thefoodette.com
    Hope to see you there!


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      November 6, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Hi Susan, thank you for reading and thank you for the invite. I didn’t see anything about the virtual recipe swap but that sounds like fun. Please send me an email with more information! Your pumpkin pie protein oatmeal looks delicious!

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    Tina W
    November 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I like pumpkin but never went ga-ga over it until….. recently we went to Souplantation and they had a Pumpkin Spice Cobbler with a nutty, almost oatmeal cookie topping. I think I ate three bowls. I have been thinking about it ever since!

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      November 6, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Ohh!! Pumpkin spiced cobbler… that sounds amazing! Do you have a recipe for it? Would love to try to recreate it, yum!

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    November 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin pie ice cream. I really need to experiment with other pumpkin recipes, because I know I’d love them.

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