Although this is a curry recipe, this is not the kind of curry the whole family will turn away from. Instead you will find that even the kids will enjoy this one.

It’s a very mild curry made from scratch with dried herbs and spices, things like turmeric, which is an anti-inflammatory and immune boosting spice that is so good for our health. And with the addition of pumpkin and coconut cream, it gives this curry a sweet flavour that everyone will enjoy.

This healthy recipe is simple to make and produces a generous batch to feed the whole family.


Serves 4-6


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion – diced

3 teaspoons turmeric

1 teaspoon dried coriander

3 teaspoons sweet paprika

1/2 long red chili

3 teaspoons tamarind paste

350-400g butternut pumpkin – precooked and mashed

1kg chicken thighs – diced

1 tin coconut cream

1/2 cup water

2 cups cauliflower – chopped into small pieces

Serve On: Rice, rice noodles, or steamed cabbage. Remember to cook your chosen base for this meal as well.

Cooking Method

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan

2. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes until slightly browned

3. Add cauliflower in with the onion and cook for a further 5 minutes to brown off the cauliflower and soften it a little, then remove the mixture from the pan and set aside in a bowl

4. Add some more oil to the pan and then fry up the chicken for a few minutes until it is slightly browned. You don’t want to overcook it here, just brown it up slightly.

5. Add the spices, tamarind paste and chili and put onion/cauliflower mix back in the pan and stir for a few minutes to release the aromas and flavours of the spices

6. Add coconut cream and 1/2 the water and stir. Add extra water if it needs watering down. Give it a good stir to combine all the ingredients then allow it to simmer for 3-4 minutes

7. Add the mashed pumpkin and stir it in to combine

8. Bring it back to a simmer for another few minutes and then turn the heat off and let sit for 10 minutes uncovered

9. After it’s allowed to rest, serve it on your chosen base for a delicious meal

Note: The key with cooking chicken to tender perfection is to slightly undercook it during the cooking stage. When you allow it to rest it continues to cook through so when you eat it you’ll have super tender chicken instead of tough meat.

Tip: When preparing this recipe, pre-prepare the spices by placing them in a small bowl ready for adding into the mixture, that way you’re not trying to organize things as you’re cooking.

Addition: Serve with a spoonful of plain Greek yoghurt on top for a slightly different flavour.

Shopping Tip: If you ever use fresh chili like this recipe does, always choose the long red chili when you buy it from the supermarket. These have a very mild spice whereas the small red chillies have the really hpt spice that will burn your tongue. You can also buy tamarind paste at any local supermarket.

About The Author

This article is written by Jedha Dening. Jedha is chief editor over at Good Food Eating where she helps to simplify healthy eating and natural weight loss so you can enjoy a life of vitality.

She’s the author of a couple of cookbooks, co-creator of a virtual cooking school and host of an active online weight loss and health community.

Jedha has over 10 years experience working in the health and wellness industry and is currently completing a Masters in Nutrition.

If you want to make being healthy easier, please come and visit Good Food Eating. Or join the conversations over on Facebook.

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  1. kecw

    April 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm,

    MoM Rewards: kecw has a topaz MoM rewards level kecw said:

    Looks like a tasty recipe

  2. April 01, 2014 at 9:03 pm,

    MoM Rewards: colleen b. has a diamond MoM rewards level colleen b. said:

    Love the colour in this curry.

  3. March 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm,

    MoM Rewards: memo has a diamond MoM rewards level memo said:

    chicken and pumpkin go well together, nice recipe

  4. mle00

    March 28, 2014 at 1:46 am,

    MoM Rewards: mle00 has a diamond MoM rewards level mle00 said:

    We use pumpkin as a base in a lot of our curries, this recipe looks good!

  5. alioop

    March 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm,

    MoM Rewards: alioop has a diamond MoM rewards level alioop said:

    Yum I love pumpkin in curries

  6. shazzbot

    March 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm,

    MoM Rewards: shazzbot has a diamond MoM rewards level shazzbot said:

    Love all curries, this looks especially delicious

  7. linda197

    February 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm,

    MoM Rewards: linda197 has a diamond MoM rewards level linda197 said:

    i will skip the corrainder but this recipe looks scrumptious! thanks

  8. linaianna

    February 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm,

    MoM Rewards: linaianna has a diamond MoM rewards level linaianna said:

    This looks good must try

  9. ilees68

    January 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm,

    MoM Rewards: ilees68 has a diamond MoM rewards level ilees68 said:

    a tasty meal . .

  10. yyon4699

    January 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm,

    MoM Rewards: yyon4699 has a diamond MoM rewards level yyon4699 said:

    look at the creaminess of this !

  11. ljsalomon

    January 07, 2014 at 8:43 am,

    MoM Rewards: ljsalomon has a diamond MoM rewards level ljsalomon said:

    Looks great – thanks for sharing

  12. yyon4699

    January 02, 2014 at 9:20 am,

    MoM Rewards: yyon4699 has a diamond MoM rewards level yyon4699 said:

    This is going to be great with rice!

  13. December 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm,

    MoM Rewards: snug has a topaz MoM rewards level snug said:

    I have been looking for a good curry recipe that would be enjoyed by all in my household.

  14. December 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm,

    MoM Rewards: jadeeeee has a diamond MoM rewards level jadeeeee said:

    looks yum – thanks for sharing

  15. neenee

    December 25, 2013 at 11:51 am,

    MoM Rewards: neenee has a diamond MoM rewards level neenee said:

    Oh I do love my curries.

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