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Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry

Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry
This simple yet delicious Sri Lankan pumpkin curry made using the abundant fall vegetable and simmered with coconut milk and spices is a comfort in a bowl. It's vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free.
4.28 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Sri Lankan
Servings 4


  • 1 pound(454g) pumpkin cubed
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 10 to 15 curry leaves
  • 1 green chili sliced
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¾ cup canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • Heat a pan in medium, add oil. 
  • When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, cinnamon stick and sliced onions. Cook till the onions are translucent.
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste. Cook for a minute till the raw smell disappears.
  • Add the cubed pumpkins followed by the chili, turmeric, cumin and curry powders. Stir to coat the pupkins in the spice mixture.
  • Add salt, green chili and ½ cup of coconut milk and water. Let it come to a boil.
  • Close the lid and turn the heat to medium low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender and cooked through.
  • Add the remaining ¼ cup coconut milk. Cook for 5 minutes on low. Swtich the heat off and add the lemon juice. Serve warm.


  • Heat level can be increased by adding an extra green chili, or ½ teaspoon chili powder. Or ½ teaspoon chili flakes.
  • Can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for upto 2 days.
  • Reheat before serving.
Keyword curry, easy, pumpkin
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