Diane's Cornucopian Autumn Curry

The recipe for this flavourful autumn curry was kindly supplied by Diane from Auckland in the Tui Summer Harvest recipe competition.


  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 5 cm. root ginger, peeled & finely chopped
  • 1 cup pumpkin, diced
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 long red chilli, seeded & finely diced
  • 2 capsicum peppers (red, yellow), seeded & diced
  • 1 cup corn kernals, sliced off the cob
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 cup green beans, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • Salt & pepper to taste

To Serve: steamed rice, mango chutney, poppadoms

  1. Heat a large, heavy pan or wok. Toast the cumin & mustard seeds until they pop.
  2. Add oil and saute the chopped onion for a couple of minutes before adding garlic, ginger & diced pumpkin.
  3. Stir-fry for a few minutes.
  4. Add tomato juice. Bring to boiling point.
  5. Add chilli, peppers & corn.
  6. Sprinkle with curry powder.
  7. Lower heat to simmering point and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add diced capsicum & beans.
  9. Sprinkle with turmeric.
  10. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  11. Taste & add salt & pepper as required.
  12. Serve with hot, cooked rice and condiments.

NOTE: This is a colourful, tasty dish which is very popular at our table. For non-vegans - a dish of raita (made with cucumber & thick yoghurt) is another nice accompaniment. For vegans - perhaps a salad of sliced tomatoes & cucumbers.

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Diane's Cornucopian Autumn Curry Comments

  • Love the email from you. can you recommend some tips about growing tamarillos

    Marie Purcell

  • Thanks Marie! Always nice to get good feedback! A few points of tamarillos - they generally grow best in frost free conditions, in the warmer areas of the country as they are a subtropical species. They are normally planted in late autumn or early spring, to avoid frosts. Plant them in full sun and sheltered from prevailing winds. They grow quickly, so need feeding - Tui Fruit Food is a good option, to be applied in early spring. If you have any further questions, just let us know! Thanks Gemma (Tui Team)


  • Loved the recipe, it was very tasty, I had no beans so I used celery in place of. Thanks


  • Great to hear Rod! Thanks, Gemma (Tui Team)