Friday, April 30, 2010

Zucchini with Zest of Kasturi Methi

Zucchini is a small summer squash. It can be yellow, green or light green and is usually presented as a savory dish or accompaniment. Zucchini is low in calories and contains useful amounts of folate, potassium and vitaminA.

I had thought of growing Zucchini at my home garden this year as it one of the easiest to grow fruit. I don't know why I didn't get the plant of Zucchini when I went to the nursery. Anyways, its not late....I can still plant them. I already have planted Tomatoes, Green Chillies, Mint, Basil, Green Bell Pepper and Watermelon. Also we got Apple Tree planted in our backyard and it already has started bearing fruit. I can see small little apples growing and I am so excited to see them grow to Red Delicious Apples. 

Its so nice to watch you small little plants grow large and bear flowers, fruits and veggies. Fresh home grown organic veggies and fruits always taste better. Last year I had grown Okra, Chillies and Tomatoes and I can't tell you how much of Okra we harvested. Not only we ate, we also made bags and gave to our friends and family as there was plenty of Okra growing every week.

Anyways, Let me move back to the recipe here as I can go on and on about my little garden :)

I made this spicy delicious Semi-Dry Curry of Zucchini with Kasturi Methi (Dried Fenugreek leaves) and it turned out awesome.Sending this to Indrani's Summer Food and Drinks Event.

Here is the simple recipe (Click here for printable recipe)

4-5 Medium Sized Zucchinis ( Peeled, Washed and Chopped)

2 Tbsp Kasturi Methi (Dried Fenugreek leaves)
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Medium Tomatoes (Chopped)
2 Green Chillies (Chopped)
1/2 Tsp Chopped Ginger
1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1/4 Tsp Garam Masala
1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
Salt- To Taste
Red Chilli Powder- To Taste
2 Tsp- Lemon Juice
3 Tbsp Yogurt

1. In a bowl, add Chopped Zucchini and add Red Chilli Powder (per your taste) and Lemon Juice. Mix well and keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
2. Heat Oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it. Once they start to sizzle and change color, add ginger and green chillies. Stir for 15-20 seconds.
3. Add Tomatoes and stir for till they are a little tender. Not mushy.
4. Add in the Zucchini that we kept aside. Add in Salt and all the dry spices and mix well.
5. Let the Zucchini cook on medium heat while stirring in between until its starts to get tender.
6. Then add the Yogurt, mix well and let it cook more until the Zucchini is well done. Not mushy again.
7. Add the Kasturi Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves) in the end, mix nicely and cook for 2 more minutes.
 8. Garnish with either Coriander or a Mint Leave (for a change); like I did.  :)



Priya said...

Wat a healthy and interesting dish, definitely a beautiful dish with zucchini, thanks for sharing..

Jay said...

Hy Vaishali,
I love d glazed look of your zucchini...Yumm yumm recipe...Perfect side dish with hot n soft chapatis...Grt work dear.

divya said...

Wow.. healthy and interesting dish..looks very yummy..

Priya said...

wow..first time here..ur blog is too gud and colorful...i luv methi dry leaves ,just adds zing to anything

Fathima said...

that looks awesome... very flavorful w/ kasuri methi

Sumi said...

Hii Vaishali...I am Sumi from NJ..remember we were collegues.. guess what! i never knew u were such a gr88 cook.awesome n delicious recipes!! i am really surprised n happy to see ur blogs... i will surely try out ur yummy recipes soon.I have added it to my favorites. :) Wish you all the very best!

Vaishali Sharma said...

Thanks Everyone for your lovely comments! I enjoy reading ur thoughts.

@Sumi- Ofcourse I remember you. How have you been? Long time! I sent u request on FB! I see u have a daughter! How old is she?
Thanks for your lovely comments. Do try my recipes and let me know how they come out!
All the best to u too..

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