Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Curry

two bowls of pumpkin curry served over rice and topped with fresh cilantro on marble background

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5 from 3 reviews

An easy, creamy, and veggie-packed curry using Trader Joe’s Spicy Pumpkin Curry Simmer Sauce! Ready in only 20 minutes and the perfect cozy weeknight meal.


  • 1 12.7-ounce (360 g) jar Trader Joe’s Spicy Pumpkin Curry Simmer Sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, stems finely chopped and leaves divided
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 pie pumpkin, peeled and diced (or sub 1 sweet potato)
  • 1 16-ounce (450 g) package high protein or super firm tofu, diced
  • To serve: cooked brown rice (optional)


  1. Warm the Sauce: If you are serving the curry with rice, prep and cook it according to the package instructions. Meanwhile, bring a large pot or sauté pan to medium-high heat. Once warm, add the curry simmer sauce, garlic, and diced cilantro stems. Fill the jar around halfway with water, close it, give it a shake, then add that liquid to the pot as well. Stir the contents of the pot together until evenly combined, then bring to a slight simmer.
  2. Add the Veggies: once the sauce is simmering, add in your chopped vegetables and diced tofu; Stir well. Cover and bring this mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir the veggies every few minutes to ensure they are cooking evenly and that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the veggies are tender.
  3. Serve: warm over rice, then top with cilantro leaves. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • I recommend finely dicing your finer vegetables (cauliflower, pumpkin, etc) as they take longer to cook when in large chunks
  • If you do not have access to a Trader Joe’s (or cannot find this seasonal sauce), I recommend making this One Pot Pumpkin Curry instead!