Slow Cooker Vegan Pumpkin Chickpea and Lentil Curry

Slow Cooker Vegan Pumpkin Chickpea and Lentil Curry

I asked for a crockpot for Christmas one year so I could make yogurt. Note, I didn’t ask for a yogurt maker. I opted instead for a giant clunky device that is not ideal for making yogurt. So I have a crockpot and I mostly forget it’s in my kitchen and it doesn’t get used too often. Every so often, as in the other day, I decide to use it. I found this recipe for a slow cooker pumpkin chickpea and lentil curry. Let’s see how it went:


All ready to cook!


  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste
  • 1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk

I followed this recipe pretty much as written. I did use a rather small onion because I really don’t like onion (or cutting them!). I also used 3 cloves of garlic and a bit less than 2 cups of veggie broth because I didn’t want to end up with a soupy mixture. I used whatever color lentils we had, but I skipped the black lentils because they’re a different texture and I’ve learned it doesn’t always look so pretty when the colors blend.


I served it over broccoli “rice” and brown rice and I had it several times for lunch and dinner the week I made it. It was so tasty and I’ll definitely make it again with a bit more liquid next time.



Note: Instructions for each recipe can be found on the website I link to. I am only posting the ingredients because these are not my recipes, just my adventures in cooking. When I eventually post my own recipes, I will provide full instructions and cook times, etc.

Published by Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN, RYT

Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN, RYT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist serving the Long Island, New York City, and New York State areas helping clients with eating disorders and disordered eating recover their relationship with food and their body. She utilizes a Health at Every Size® approach and supports Intuitive Eating and knows that while she is the food and nutrition expert, you are the expert of your body and life.

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