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.

MILD SWEET PUMPKIN CURRY CHICKEN

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

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.

  1. mom57522

    31st August 2014 at 3:15 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mom57522 has a diamond MoM rewards level mom57522 said:

    Agreed that the spices used will give a lovely mild taste.

  2. ginoula5

    21st August 2014 at 3:13 pm,

    MoM Rewards: ginoula5 has a diamond MoM rewards level ginoula5 said:

    This recipe looks amazing, love how it’s all made from scratch, printing this out. thanks for sharing.

  3. BellaB

    7th August 2014 at 11:07 am,

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

    this sounds good, but I really can’t see my family agreeing to try a curry.

  4. 1st August 2014 at 9:45 am,

    MoM Rewards: mom71845 has a diamond MoM rewards level mom71845 said:

    Yum. Thanks for sharing. I’m very into curries right now. Will try this at home.

  5. mdzzy

    18th July 2014 at 9:28 pm,

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

    This looks amazing thanks for sharing!

  6. 30th May 2014 at 2:46 pm,

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

    I am making this with risotto for dinner in the slow cooker

  7. missmel

    26th May 2014 at 2:38 pm,

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

    Oh yum. Sounds like a great veg curry, must try!

  8. mom57522

    24th May 2014 at 9:37 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mom57522 has a diamond MoM rewards level mom57522 said:

    Love pumpkin and chicken together

  9. nida saeed

    23rd May 2014 at 12:20 am,

    MoM Rewards: nida saeed has a diamond MoM rewards level nida saeed said:

    Yum, must try. I make curries a lot but never used pumpkin in it before.

  10. catgrrl3

    22nd May 2014 at 2:29 pm,

    MoM Rewards: catgrrl3 has a diamond MoM rewards level catgrrl3 said:

    never been a fan of curry, but this does look appealing

  11. mom57522

    19th May 2014 at 5:43 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mom57522 has a diamond MoM rewards level mom57522 said:

    Can’t wait it to try this. Love curry!

  12. mom56842

    17th May 2014 at 3:30 pm,

    MoM Rewards: Mrs Bucket (that's pronounced Bouquet) has a diamond MoM rewards level Mrs Bucket (that's pronounced Bouquet) said:

    Yummo, another recipe to add to my bucket list – love a curry.

  13. Happymum-2

    16th May 2014 at 12:22 pm,

    MoM Rewards: Happymum-2 has a diamond MoM rewards level Happymum-2 said:

    a lovely warm sweet curry

  14. kazh

    14th May 2014 at 11:18 pm,

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

    I am going to try this. At the moment I have a dahl recipe that the kids will eat, but that is the only curryish thing they like. I would like to try a vegetarian version as well. Do you think it would work with eggplant or chickpeas or tofu instead of chicken?

  15. 14th May 2014 at 12:24 am,

    MoM Rewards: sarah_wardleworth has a sapphire MoM rewards level sarah_wardleworth said:

    Good read thanks for the information

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