During this time of the year you might have plenty of courgette either from your back garden, allotments or given by your neighbours and friends and don’t know what to do with them. Here is a simple recipe I tried out with courgettes from our friends allotments. Its easy, quick, super healthy food. It is delicious. I made it for the first time and loved it and highly recommend for vegetarian and vegans to try this recipe. If you have a nut allergy then avoid peanuts. This green vegetable has some health benefits, which is well known to reduce weight, yet still boosting the nutrient value of your diet. Great for maintaining eye, heart and overall good health
Olive oil or Cooking oil – 1 teaspoon
courgette – 3 medium size diced into cubes.
Mustard seed – ½ teaspoon
Asafoetida (Hing) – ¼ teaspoon
Garlic – 4 cloves finely chopped
Turmeric – ½ teaspoon
Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon (according to taste)
Cumin coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
Crushed roasted peanuts (optional)
Wash courgette thoroughly and chop into cubes. Heat the pan and add a little oil into it. Once the oil is medium hot add mustard seeds and let it crackle.(Be careful here as it might splutter so cover it with the lid if needed) Add garlic cloves (chopped) and stir for 10- 15 seconds and then add asafoetida, turmeric, diced courgettes and salt to taste. Mix it well and make sure not to burn the bottom of the pan. Once the whole spices are equally covered on to the courgette then leave it for 15- 20 minutes to cook on a low flame till it is a little bit tender. (if needed add some water.
When it is almost done add remaining spices like red chilli powder, cumin coriander powder and roasted crushed peanuts into it. Stir it nicely and let it cook for 2-3 mins. Finally add garam masala and serve it with rice, nan bread or on its own.
Peanuts are optional but it adds rather an amazing flavour.
Skip it if you are allergic to nuts.