Pumpkin Coconut Curry with Chicken Meatballs

by Marla on December 10, 2009 · 16 comments

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white bowl w-typeI think I just went to heaven. Absolute blissful Pumpkin Coconut Curry heaven. This blend of ingredients tastes like something I would hope to find in a restaurant but never have.  A creamy blend of flavors,  just perfect for a chilly fall or winter meal.  This curry tastes rich and heavy, but in reality it is not.  It is filled with good for you ingredients.   Were talking  curry loaded with lean protein chicken meatballs and antioxidants pumpkin not to mention all the benefits found in the coconut milk and spices.

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With loads of good for you antioxidants such as beta-carotene, pumpkins are indeed a super food!  They also have loads of vitamins and fiber. What is your favorite way to use pumpkin?

Pumpkin Coconut Curry with Chicken Meatballs

Makes about 8-10 servings


  • Just like a good tomato sauce, this curry gets better with age.  Once the flavors have a chance to marry overnight they are heightened.
  • This makes a good amount of curry, so you should be able to feed a crowd or have a bunch of leftovers.
  • I used canned pumpkin purée in this recipe. Food For My Family has a great Homemade Pumpkin Purée post.
  • You can cook up this curry a day or so ahead of when you need it. Seal tightly & store in the fridge. Talk about fast food!


  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped Carrots
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 15 oz can Pumpkin Purée
  • 1 13.5 oz can light unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 1/2 pounds Ground Chicken (If you want a vegan option use firm Tofu cubes instead)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Veggie or Chicken Boullion Concentrate or 2-3 Boullion Cubes (you can always add more to taste)
  • Olive Oil for pan

Divide the following spices in half to season the meatballs and the curry separately:

  • 2 teaspoons Ground Tumeric
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg

Optional Garnish

  • a handful of chopped fresh Cilantro
  • unsweetened shredded Coconut flake



Pre-heat oven to 400˚F. Use hands to combine ground chicken with 1/2 of the above spices. Shape into 1″ meatballs and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked through.  Set aside.

    {Pumpkin Curry}

    Heat a splash of Olive Oil in large sauté pan on medium high. Sauté onions for a few minutes then add carrots, garlic and spices.  Cook until fragrant and onions are translucent. Add pumpkin, boullion, cinnamon stick and coconut milk to the pan.  Stir well to combine. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium low and simmer for a few minutes for the flavors to combine. Gently add chicken meatballs. Partially cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove Cinnamon Stick.  Add a handful of fresh chopped cilantro.

    Serve garnished with toasted shredded unsweetened coconut and chopped cilantro.

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      Fresh Variations

      • Serve along side steamed veggies or over a bed of rice or pasta.
      • Serve over Broiled Portobello Mushrooms.
      • You can shred up leftover Thanksgiving turkey and use it in place of the meatballs.  Just toss in while curry is simmering.
      • For a Vegan option slice firm tofu into cubes.  Sauté them until browned with the spices then add to the simmering pot of curry.

      Basic Broiled Portobello Mushrooms

      Place broiler rack about 4 ” from top of oven. Pre-heat broiler. Clean and take stems off mushrooms. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Spray or drizzle with some olive oil. Place on baking pan. Broil for about 4 minutes each. Watch carefully so they do not burn.

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        { 15 comments… read them below or add one }

        1 Faith December 10, 2009 at 10:47 am

        What a gorgeous curry! I love the rich color that the pumpkin gives it. All your ideas on how to eat are great, I would love it on a portabella mushroom!


        2 Nicole Kapise-Perkins August 21, 2010 at 7:35 am

        This looks divine! My somewhat finicky 13 year old just peeked over my shoulder and asked if we could have it for dinner some night. (He loves pumpkin and coconut, and meatballs, so a combo of the three is right up his alley!)


        3 Marla August 21, 2010 at 8:39 am

        Nicole-that is so cute. I bet your 13 year old would love this curry….even my little kids do!


        4 Erika - In Erika's Kitchen October 29, 2010 at 7:14 am

        I’m in a pumpkin period too – this looks just wonderful. I love the chicken meatballs, that’s genius!


        5 Shaina October 29, 2010 at 7:24 am

        Yum! I love curry, and a pumpkin curry sounds perfect for this time of year.


        6 Jennifer (Savor) October 31, 2010 at 5:28 pm

        You are so creative – will try to grab some of it from you when we are hanging in cali…..


        7 Melissa November 11, 2010 at 7:59 am

        Hi Marla! I just found your site last week, and I love your recipes and blog. I made this dish last night, and it was absolutely delicious! I had roasted a large neck pumpkin last week, so I have tons of yummy pumpkin puree to use- this recipe was a perfect find. I served it alongside some bok choy sauteed in coconut oil and red pepper flakes. SOOO GOOD! Thank you, and keep up all the great work that you do!


        8 Marla November 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm

        Melissa: I am so glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience with my pumpkin curry recipe. You are so lucky to have all that delish pumpkin puree on hand. I love when my readers try my recipes and have such tasty results. That drives me to keep doing my best :)


        9 Cassie @ Bake Your Day October 31, 2011 at 7:32 am

        This sounds so wonderful, Marla. I love curry but don’t make it at home often. I will have to try this one. It sounds so warm and comforting!


        10 Liz October 31, 2011 at 8:35 am

        Such a beautiful curry, Marla! Mmmmm.


        11 Diane {Created by Diane} October 31, 2011 at 10:03 am

        looks great!


        12 SMITH BITES November 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm

        oh goodness Marla – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!! seriously, am going to make this recipe – just perfect!


        13 Amber October 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

        Made this tonight, Marla, and loved it! Even my picky 6 year old gobbled it up. This one is definitely a keeper – thank you!


        14 Marla October 16, 2012 at 5:39 am

        Hi Amber, LOVE that your 6 year old munched down on this too!! So glad you had success & thanks for letting me know :)


        15 Diane L. October 14, 2013 at 9:08 am

        This recipe looks sooooooo yummy! Can’t wait to try it. Question. I don’t see curry in the list of ingredients. Does this recipe use curry? Silly, I know, but I really cannot find curry anywhere in this recipe. Just wondering since I LOVE curry, but don’t want to over do it by just guessing.


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