Curried squash & black bean pita pockets with cucumber & yoghurt sauce

  • Skill Easy
  • Prep time 30 mins mins
  • Cook time 30 mins mins
  • Servings 4
Curried squash and black bean pita pockets with cucumber and yoghurt sauce is the perfect weekend lunch that rolls easily into weekday leftovers.


  • ½ butternut squash or pumpkin, peeled, deseeded (about 600g peeled squash)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled, finely diced
  • 1 tbs curry powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoky paprika
  • 1 can (400g) black beans, drained
  • 1 cup fresh parsley or coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups (500ml) So Good™ Soy Milk, Regular or Lite
  • ½ telegraph cucumber, roughly grated
  • 1 cup (250ml) plain Greek or soy yoghurt
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 large wholemeal pita pockets
  • 150g baby spinach leaves, washed


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the squash into 2cm cubes. Place on baking tray with garlic slices and drizzle with 1 tbs of olive oil.  Season to taste. Roast in oven for 20 minutes until tender.
  2. Heat a frypan with a second tbs of oil. Fry the onion for 5 minutes on a medium-low heat, until tender but not browned. Add the curry powder, cumin and paprika, black beans and parsley. Add the roasted squash and then pour in the soy milk and combine. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes on a low heat, while preparing the cucumber and yogurt sauce.
  3. Place the grated cucumber over a sieve. Allow the moisture to drain from the cucumber for 10 minutes. In another sieve, place the yoghurt and allow to drain for 10 minutes also. Then, combine the cucumber, yoghurt and mint, seasoning to taste.
  4. Heat the pita pockets in an oven or toaster. Cut in half and separate the edges of the pita bread to make a pocket. Stuff a few baby spinach leaves into the pita pocket. Spoon in some of the squash curry and garnish with a dollop of cucumber & yoghurt sauce. Garnish with additional mint leaves and season to taste.


  • Pumpkin, courgette, kamo kamo or kumara can be used as an alternative to squash.
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