IVF recipe – pumpkin & coconut curry (serves 4)

Eloise Edington  |   1 Sep 2022



If you’re searching for a fall IVF recipe – pumpkin takes some beating as your star ingredient. Perfect in one-pot cooking (from curries to soups), and packed with hormone-supporting fiber, plus beta-carotene for egg health, pumpkin packs an easy antioxidant punch. Healthy fertility recipes can miss a bit of flare, though. So we’ve turned to fertility nutritional therapist, Charlotte Grand, for a pumpkin and coconut curry you’ll want on stand-by right through the colder months.

Over to Charlotte –

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This pumpkin curry is like a hug in a bowl – the perfect autumnal or fall dish. Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant which can support fertility and reproductive health. My recipe makes a big batch, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers to enjoy later in the week.

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  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 3 tbsp Thai red curry paste

  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped

  • 1 red chilli, sliced (remove seeds for less heat)

  • 3 stalks lemongrass, bruised

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger

  • 1kg pumpkin (or squash), peeled and diced

  • ½ red pepper, sliced

  • ½ green pepper, sliced

  • 250ml vegetable stock

  • 400ml can full fat coconut milk

  • ½ cup cashew nuts

  • Juice of 1 fresh lime

  • 1 tsp coconut sugar

  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a sauté pan and gently fry the curry paste with the onions, chilli, lemongrass, garlic and ginger for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.

  2. Stir the pumpkin and peppers into the pan and coat in the paste, then pour in the stock and coconut milk. Bring everything to a simmer, then cook for 10-15 minutes until the pumpkin is tender.

  3. Remove the lemongrass and stir in the lime juice, sugar and coriander. Serve with rice noodles or courgetti for a low-carbohydrate alternative.

Charlotte is a BANT-registered Nutritionist, specialising in fertility. Her nutrition hub The Fertility Kitchen is focused on providing practical nutrition advice and healthy, nutrient-dense recipes designed to promote optimal fertility. In her practice, Charlotte takes a functional approach, helping her clients to identify and address the root cause of their fertility problems.

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