Prawn and Pumpkin Curry Recipe

Prawn and pumpkin curry

  • serves 4
  • A little effort

This impressive prawn and pumpkin curry may look complicated, but once you have all the ingredients prepped it’s quite quick to make. Serve with steamed basmati rice and top the curry with crisp fried shallots and fried curry leaves, or fresh coriander.


Try this prawn and pumpkin curry, then check out more pumpkin recipes such as our pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup and pumpkin risotto.



  • large raw tiger prawns 24, peeled and de veined, tails left on
  • chilli powder ½ tsp
  • turmeric 2 tsp
  • lemon 1, juiced
  • vegetable oil
  • sea salt flakes 1 tsp
  • baby leaf spinach 100g
  • steamed basmati to serve


  • tamarind paste 3 tbsp
  • shallots 3, chopped
  • tomato 1 small, chopped
  • ginger 70g, chopped
  • garlic 1 clove, roughly chopped
  • green chilli 1, deseeded and chopped
  • garam masala ½ tsp
  • ground fenugreek ½ tsp
  • turmeric ½ tsp
  • ground cumin ½ tsp
  • ground coriander ½ tbsp
  • coconut milk 400ml


  • pumpkin or butternut squash 700g, peeled and cut into rough chunks
  • cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • shallots 200g, finely diced
  • turmeric ½ tsp
  • ground cumin ½ tsp
  • ground coriander ½ tsp
  • tomatoes 2 small, diced


  • black mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • fenugreek seeds 1 tsp
  • curry leaves 15
  • garlic 2 cloves, chopped
  • shallots 2, finely chopped


  • Step 1

    Toss the prawns with the chilli, turmeric, lemon juice, 3 tbsp veg oil and 1 tsp sea salt and chill for 2 hours.

  • Step 2

    For the curry paste, whizz the ingredients, with 100ml warm water, in a blender.

  • Step 3

    To make the sauce base, heat the oven to 220c/fan 200c/gas 7. Toss the pumpkin in a little vegetable oil and the whole cumin seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes until tender.

  • Step 4

    Put a large pan over a high heat, add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and cook the shallot until lightly browned. Add the turmeric, cumin and coriander and cook for a further minute. Add the tomato, stir and then stir in the curry paste. Season with sea salt.

  • Step 5

    To make the tarka, heat another 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a separate pan until very hot. Add the mustard seeds and fenugreek and stand back while they pop. After a few seconds, add the curry leaves, garlic and red onion. Sizzle for 30 seconds and then add to the main sauce.

  • Step 6

    Add the baked pumpkin to the sauce, cover and simmer gently for about 5 minutes. You can prep-ahead up to this point. When you’re ready to serve, reheat gently then add the marinated prawns, continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes until the prawns are just cooked. Finally, add the baby spinach and stir into the sauce. Remove the pan from the heat as the spinach will wilt very quickly.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 523
  • Fat 40.5g
  • Carbs 24.9g
  • Fibre 5.1g
  • Protein 18g
  • Salt 1.8g