V Café Recipe: Squash & Chickpea Redang Curry

Nick and Ian of the V Café

To celebrate World Vegan Day, chefs Nick and Ian from V Café share their scrumptious Squash & Chickpea Redang Curry recipe. The perfect winter warmer, we guarantee this dish will become a firm favourite!

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves: 6 people


  • 1 whole butternut squash (peeled and diced)
  • 2 red peppers (cut into strips)
  • 2 tins of chickpeas
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 300ml vegetable stock (cube is fine)
  • 1 stick lemon grass (finely chopped)
  • 60g fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
  • 3 red chillies (de-seeded)
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tins of coconut milk
  • Fresh coriander
  • Salt


  1. Peel and dice the squash and cut the peppers into strips.
  2. Make a paste with the ginger, lemon grass, chilli and garlic by blending them in a food processor – add a little oil to help bind.
  3. Fry off the squash in batches and put to one side.
  4. Using the same pan fry off the onions. When the onions are translucent, add the paste and cook out for a few minutes. Be careful to stir to avoid sticking.
  5. Add the spices to the onions, put back the squash and add the rest of the ingredients (coconut milk, chickpeas, vegetable stock and peppers).
  6. Bring to the boil and simmer until the squash is tender.
  7. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  8. Finish with chopped fresh coriander when serving.

Note; if you want more heat add dried chilli to the recipe.

Serve with either rice or thick noodles.

We love to see your culinary creations! If you give our Squash & Chickpea Redang Curry a go, make sure to take some pictures and tag us @guildfordinstitute on Instagram.

Looking for other food inspiration? Check out V Café’s recipes on our blog – we have a tasty vegan tagine, a devilishly decadent vegan chocolate cake and signature vegetable fritters. Happy cooking!

The Ghosts of Hampton Court Palace

We’re kick-starting our brand new talk series, Window on the World, with a Halloween special on Friday 23 October all about the ghosts of Hampton Court Palace. Ahead of our spooky talk, we asked expert tour guide Sarah Slater some questions about the haunting history of the palace!

When did the stories of ghost sightings at Hampton Court Palace begin?

A very good question, it would appear that sightings and unexplained happenings have been recorded at Hampton Court Palace for at least the last few hundred years, there are recordings of ghosts being seen way back in history in both the Elizabethan times and the Stuart times right through to present day.

What is one piece of haunting history about the palace that everyone should know?

We are supposedly the most haunted palace in England and have at least two queens that haunt the galleries and stairs. We have more than one hundred incidents recorded and I suspect many more that observers have kept to themselves.

What is the spookiest ghost sighting you know of?

I think that depends on the observers point of view but most staff are always a little more unnerved when they observe one of our child ghosts.

Can you tell us about some of the most famous phantoms in residence?

Without giving too much away before my talk, I think our most famous ghost is that of Queen Catherine Howard, the gallery in which she has been observed has been renamed in her honour and is now referred to as the Haunted Gallery.

Have you ever witnessed any ghost sightings yourself?

That would be telling! Tune into my talk and ask again on the day to find out.

If you’d like to find out more about the famous phantoms of Hampton Court Palace, join Sarah for her fascinating talk on Friday 23 October where all will be revealed! We still have online tickets available.

Our Window on the World talks will continue to explore a wide range of topics next term – keep an eye out for more information.

Happy Halloween from everyone at the Institute!

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