Lentil Pumpkin Curry {Vegan}

lentil pumpkin curry in white dish with rice, naan bread and topped with pomegranates, with naan bread on plate in corner, pomegranate in corner next to yogurt and rice bowl in bottom corner

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A pumpkin lentil curry recipe making the most of pantry staples! You will love this one pot meal. Serve with your favorite grain, some naan bread and top with pomegranates for a delicious sweet crunch. Freezes well so it’s great for meal prep too. 


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter, or ghee)
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 5 medium cloves garlic
  • 1.5 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 small bunch of carrots, diced (about 1 cup – see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon red Thai curry paste
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth (or water – see notes)
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, or green lentils
  • 1 (14 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk

For serving

  • rice (or another grain)
  • naan
  • pomegranates 


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon coconut oil, onion, garlic, ginger and diced carrots. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in curry powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander and salt. Turn heat up to medium-high, stirring continuously for another 4-5 minutes – add extra oil here as needed.
  2. Reduce heat to medium; add pumpkin, curry paste, water and lentils. Stir to combine then bring mixture to a simmer, then cover and continue simmering for about 45 minutes, string every 10 minutes. After about 45 minutes, lentils should absorb most of the liquid.
  3. Stir in coconut milk, continue simmering uncovered for another 15-20 minutes on low-medium heat, until curry has thickened more.
  4. Serve with rice, naan, top with pomegranates if you’d like.


If using water you’ll likely want another 1/2 teaspoon or so of salt.

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