Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

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Curried butternut squash got a makeover with our slow cooker butternut squash lentil curry. A healthy slow cooker curry and perfect for the colder months for some delicious comfort food.

Slow Coooker Butternut Squash Curry
Slow Coooker Butternut Squash Curry

Butternut Squash Curry

If there is a creamy, healthy curry that you must try it is a butternut squash curry.

It is a natural creamer to the curry, so you don’t need to worry about adding in extra cream and then you have the red lentils which perfectly thicken your squash curry.

Plus, if you have a favourite curry seasoning, you can mix and match with what you have in and what you love.

I will also make this slow cooker curry and then freeze the leftovers into pyrex dishes ready for reheating later. Which works very well when the rest of the family HATES curry!

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Why Red Lentils In A Butternut Curry?

Red lentils in a butternut squash curry recipe are perfect, because they are small it feels like they dissolve into the curry. They don’t have a bite to them, so it doesn’t feel like they are overdone and they are brilliant curry thickener.

Plus, you can blend them if you have kids or fussy eaters that complain that they don’t like lentils.

Is This Butternut Curry Slimming World Friendly?

Yes, this butternut squash curry is perfect for Slimming World. The only ingredient with any syns in is the coconut water, but its very low syn and easy to adapt.

You can also portion it and have it over a few days, and you have some easy meal planning and prep done.

Is This Butternut Squash Curry Vegan?

If you’re looking for a vegan butternut squash curry, then you will be pleased to know that this easy butternut squash curry recipe is vegan as is. You don’t need to make any modifications to make it vegan and its delicious and filling. 

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Butternut Squash Recipe Ingredients

Butternut Squash Recipe Ingredients

Squash – We one medium butternut squash in this recipe, but you can easily use more, or you can mix and match with pumpkin. Though don’t use just pumpkin or it will end up too watery.

Lentils – We love to use red lentils in our butternut curry recipe. You can buy them dried and then use them whenever you want, and are a great pantry staple to have in.

Beer – For the old fashioned slow cooker casserole we recommend adding beer for flavour. We used 2 cans of Guinness, though you can add in some of your own favourites. If you don’t like beer, you can swap the same quantities for red wine.

Tomatoes – Cans of tinned tomatoes are fantastic for making a curry with and give a great balance of flavour. You can use finely chopped or just regular ones.

Stock – I also recommend some veggie stock. We make ours in the instant pot (instant pot veggie stock recipe), then freeze it and its perfect for using with the slow cooker. 

Seasonings – Of course, with this being a curried butternut squash recipe we have a good selection of herbs and spices. We use garlic, ginger, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, and coriander.

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How To Cook Butternut Squash Curry?

  • Dump. Start by dumping the main ingredients into the slow cooker, stirring and then placing the lid on the slow cooker. Cook for 4 hours on high, or 7 hours on low.
  • Extras. Next give the slow cooker curry a stir, it will be thick now and you can eat as is, and it will be like a dal. I prefer to add an extra can of tinned tomatoes and then taste it and add some extra seasoning, if I feel it needs it.

And I am sure you can see now how simple and easy this butternut squash curry recipe is to prepare and cook.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Curry With Coconut Milk

Whilst most would use full cream coconut milk, I find that because of what a good job that red lentils do of thickening the curry, you can use a light coconut water instead for a delicious flavour.

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

Curried butternut squash got a makeover with our slow cooker butternut squash lentil curry. A healthy slow cooker curry and perfect for the colder months for some delicious comfort food.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 359kcal


Kitchen Gadgets


  • Dump everything into the slow cooker, stir and then place the lid on the slow cooker. Slow cook your butternut and lentil curry for 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low.
    How To Cook Butternut Squash Curry?
  • Stir, and if too thick add in extra tinned tomatoes. You can also do a taste test and if you feel it needs it add in extra curry powder.
    How To Cook Butternut Squash Curry?
  • Serve your recipe for butternut squash curry with instant pot brown rice.
    How To Cook Butternut Squash Curry?
  • If you have leftovers you can portion up and then freeze when completely cool for the fridge or freezer.
    How To Cook Butternut Squash Curry?


Variations. You can also mix and match and do different curry flavours. Maybe you have a favourite curry flavour?
Thanks for reading our butternut and lentil curry in slow cooker recipe on Recipe This. We have many more slow cooker recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more slow cooker dinners, do check out our slow cooker vegetable stew next.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 1692mg | Fiber: 26g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 13639IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 9mg
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