Squash & Parsnip Curry

6 Jun

I discovered curry powder about two months ago, and have been obsessed with it ever since. The greatest part is I probably haven’t even tapped the surface of its potential. I know there are probably so many other types of curry powder and curry paste and flavors to experience, far beyond the cheapest brand Wal -Mart had to offer when I bought it. But even that made several delicious dinners!

Ever since then I have been throwing together various meat and vegetables together with some coconut milk and calling it a ‘curry’. But every single time it is SO delicious. I can’t wait to experience other varieties of the spice.

This particular recipe produced a meal that isn’t necessarily pretty- but yummy just the same. It was also my first time making curry with beef instead of chicken.

Squash & Parsnip Beef Curry


Cook & Prep Time: 40 minutes Serves: 4

1 lb of parsnips, peeled and diced

1 large yellow squash, diced

1 lb of ground beef

1 red onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 can of coconut milk (I used light, regular would prob be creamier)

1/2-1 tbsp curry powder (depending on how much you like the flavor)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (I like it hot!!!)

1/2 TBSP cumin

Salt & Pepper

1.Peel and dice the parsnips and squash while you cook up your ground beef until browned in a deep sauté pan.


I love parsnips! If you haven’t tried them, get on that stat.

Diced Squash

2. Drain fat from sauté pan and set meat aside. Add olive olive of FOC to the pan and add you garlic.

ground beef

3. When fragrant, add your onions, then your parsnips and squash. Stir around and cook for about 6-8 minutes.

4. Add your can of coconut milk and mix it all up. Then add spices.


5. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn it down to simmer and cook until parsnips and squash are soft (about 15 minutes). Add beef back in and cook for 5 more minutes.

Parsnips are a great addition to any curry dish. I have used them in almost all of the curries I’ve made and their tangy flavor (think super strong carrot taste) really compliments the curry powder.

I never said my food was pretty! But it tastes pretty good!

Please leave me with your favorite curry powder/paste!!! I’m in need of more and would love suggestions!


3 Responses to “Squash & Parsnip Curry”

  1. joeperez June 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    That looks awesome Andrea. I’ve never given curry a chance; excited to try this out!

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes June 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

      you can literally use any veggie and type of meat you want…just add curry powder and coconut milk. So good.

  2. Mrs. Dawes June 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    I honestly think that would make an awesome soup. I’d blend it right up in my Vitamix! I’ll have to look and see what curry I have. I love it, but I don’t think Don does.

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