Winter aduki, pumpkin & tamarind curry

Here’s a cracker of a winter warmer that will give your digestive fire a damn fine stoking. Believe it or not, this was the first recipe I ever created using food as medicine in the year 2000! The recipe is in my book The Healing Feeling but never made it to the website. So here it is!

This dish is intended for someone with a sluggish digestion as its ingredients and cooking method will have a warming and drying effect on the digestive system. Patients will benefit greatly from this dish, especially if taken up to three times over a week, preferably in the daytime when the digestive fire (Agni) is most powerful and so as not to overtax the digestive system.
The curry is cooked slowly to maintain its warming nature, and each individual component has been selected for its healing properties. Aduki beans are used here medicinally for their drying and warming nature because they strengthen the spleen energy and have an absorbent effect on the mucous in the intestines and help clear phlegm in the lungs.
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Winter aduki, pumpkin & tamarind curry

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  • Author: Samantha Gowing
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-3 1x
  • Diet: Vegan



2  tablespoons coconut oil

1 tsp. mustard seeds

½ tsp. cumin seeds

1 x Spanish onion, diced finely

225 gm aduki beans, soaked overnight

400 ml tamarind water, pips discarded

2 x green chillies, seed removed, chopped finely

200gm pumpkin, skin & seed removed, cut into 2cm dice

¼ tsp ground coriander

¼ tsp ground cumin

2 x cup filtered water


24 x handfuls spinach leaves, washed & dried

½ bunch coriander, washed and dried


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and fry the onion, mustard seeds & cumin seeds until they pop.
  2. Transfer cooked onions, cumin and mustard seeds into a thick-based large casserole pot.
  3. Add aduki beans, tamarind water, ground spices, chillies, diced pumpkin.
  4. Add water and bring to the boil then simmer 25-30 minutes until the aduki and pumpkin are cooked.
  5. Once the aduki beans are cooked, add spinach and gently wilt, taking care while mixing not to break up the pumpkin.
  6. Serve with spinach and lots of chopped coriander.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Plant-based
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Plant Based

What are aduki beans?

Roast cinnamon pumpkin





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