Dairy Farmers of Canada

Vegetarian Curry with Chickpeas and Squash

Our dietitians' favourite

This recipe has been developed as part of Nutrition Month.

Recipe created by Josée Robitaille

  • Prep: 45 minutes
  • Cooking: About 28 minutes
Yields 4 servings
Vegetarian Curry with Chickpeas and Squash


  • 30 mL (2 tbsp) butter

    30 mL (2 tbsp) ground curry

    2.5 mL (1/2 tsp) ground turmeric

    2 onions, minced

    15 mL (1 tbsp) ginger, finely grated

    1 clove garlic, finely chopped

    750 mL (3 cups) butternut squash, cubed

    375 mL (1½ cups) vegetable broth

    15 mL (1 tbsp) tomato paste

    540 mL (19 oz) canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

    500 mL (2 cups) cauliflower, cut into small florets

    750 mL (3 cups) kale, chopped

    500 mL (2 cups) milk

    30 mL (2 tbsp) cornstarch

    45 mL (3 tbsp) fresh cilantro, chopped

    Salt, to taste


In a large saucepan, heat the butter over medium-high heat. Add the curry and turmeric and mix well. Add the onions and cook over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring regularly.

Add the ginger, garlic, squash, broth and tomato paste and mix well. Season with salt and bring to a boil. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

Add the chickpeas, cauliflower and kale. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the milk and cornstarch. Add this mixture to the squash curry and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Check the seasoning. Add the cilantro and serve.


Since cow’s milk naturally provides more nutrients than coconut milk, it’s a great choice when making curry.

Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 384 Calories
Protein: 16 g
Carbohydrate: 59 g
Fat: 12 g
Fibre: 12.3 g
Sodium: 588 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

Nutrient and % DV*
(% DV*)
Calcium: 27 % / 352 mg
Folate: 45 %
Niacin: 37 %
Vitamin A: 73 %
Vitamin C: 113 %

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* Note: The daily value (DV) is established by Health Canada and corresponds to the daily quantity recommended for each nutrient. The percentage of the daily value (% DV) indicates the proportion of the nutrient provided by a serving of the recipe, in comparison with the quantity recommended.