This butternut squash cauliflower curry is full of powerful antioxidants and flavor. Pair it with shrimp, chicken, chickpeas or tofu for a protein filled meal.
Fall into fall with this butternut squash cauliflower curry! The cooler temps bring cozy bowls and harvest foods to my household. Curry spice is a staple in so many pantries! Why wouldn't it be? With its amazing nutrition profile it adds a depth and flavor to a dish that warms your body! Did you know that curry powder is actually multiple spices? Traditional curry powder is made up of spices like coriander, turmeric, cumin, ginger, etc... You can find curry powder in most grocery stores pre-made, but there are a few good recipes online to make your own.
Let's talk about one of the star players here, butternut squash! Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall foods. Its bright and vibrant color means it's high in carotenoids, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help break down free radicals (by oxidizing them) in your body that can cause harm to your cells. Really, you're doing your body a favor by eating this butternut squash cauliflower curry dish.
How To Make Butternut Squash for the Curry
There are three ways you can go about making the butternut squash.
- You can buy a can of pureed butternut squash. I've seen cans of this at Trader Joe's this time of year. Other grocery stores might have it in their canned section too. Make sure the ingredients are just butternut squash puree.
- Buy a whole butternut squash at the grocery store or farmer's market. This is the method I use for this recipe. Using a potato peeler, peel off the skin of the butternut squash, cut it into cubes and roast it in the oven.
- Get pre-cubed butternut squash. They normally have this in the produce section of the grocery store. You want to make sure you have enough for 2 cups of cubed butternut squash.
I haven't tried making this recipe in an instant pot, but my best advice would be to add the onions, garlic, butternut squash, coconut milk and all the spices. Cook it on high for 10 minutes or so and once it's done, puree the mixture. Add the roasted cauliflower in separately. Haven't tried this route, but I think it would work.
What To Pair with Cauliflower Curry
This butternut squash curry recipe is so versatile to add protein to!
- Chicken: Cooked separately and added in at the end
- Chickpeas: Toss them in with the curry to simmer towards the end of cooking.
- Tofu: I LOVE BAKED TOFU! You can buy it next to the produce section. I think it paired well with this cauliflower curry.
- Shrimp: Sean and I ate it with shrimp the first night - so good! You can cook it separately and add it in at the end.
- Banza Rice: Get in an extra kick of protein with some chickpea Banza rice! I made it with white rice (for the sake of pictures), but brown rice or wild rice would be a more nutritious option.
Butternut Squash Cauliflower Curry
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
This butternut squash cauliflower curry recipe is full of antioxidants and flavor! It can be made with shrimp, chicken, tofu or chickpeas for a protein boost.
- 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
- 3 tbsp cooking oil (I used avocado oil) divided
- 1 can coconut milk, light and unsweetened
- 1 cup onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp curry powder
- ½ tsp garam masala (this is good!)
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Pinch of dried ginger (optional)
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional) + more if you like it hot
- Steamed or roasted cauliflower florets
- Salt/pepper to taste
- Protein of choice and rice/naan to serve it with
- Preheat oven to 400F. Bake cubed butternut squash with 2 tbsp cooking oil, salt and pepper for 25 minutes, stir and cook for another 10 minutes. It should be tender to touch when it's done cooking.
- Sauté garlic and onion in remaining tablespoon of cooking oil over medium heat. Add in butternut squash and can of coconut milk. Mix to combine over medium/low heat.
- Add in curry powder, salt, garam masala, ginger and red pepper flakes to the sauce.
- Option to mash butternut squash if soft enough using a wood spoon. You can also dump the curry sauce into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Return to low heat. Place rice and cauliflower in a bowl, pour butternut curry sauce over the top.
You can find coconut milk in the International section of the grocery store, it's generally canned.
Garam Masala is an Indian spice used in cooking. You can find this in the spice section.
Protein of choice: see above section. Shrimp, chicken, chickpeas, tofu or chickpea rice are all great protein-rich options.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Dinner, lunch
- Method: Saute, blend
- Cuisine: Indian
Keywords: butternut squash curry, cauliflower curry, butternut squash cauliflower curry
I have EVERYTHING except the garam masala...do you think the recipe will still be good without it?? Thanks!
Hey Jocelyn! Unfortunately the garam masala makes it have a lot of flavor! The sauce will have the same consistency, you could make up some of the flavor with red pepper flakes if you like them! I found this recipe for homemade garam masala online (since its generally a blend of spices)...this will obviously make more than you need but its nice to have on hand!
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg