Saturday 26 July 2008

Courgette Curry

One of my colleagues at work, a very sweet lady with green fingers, presented me with these courgettes from her allotment. Food you grow yourself and then pick fresh tastes so much more intense and flavoursome, so I decided to make courgette curry.

2 medium onions - diced
2 tablespoons olive oil (or sunflower if you prefer)
inch-long peice of ginger, peeled and crushed
4-5 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 courgettes/zuchinni - peeled and diced
2 bell peppers one green one red - diced
5 medium potatoes peeled and cut thick slices
2 tomatoes - diced
1 green tomato (if available) - halved and sliced
3 green chillis - chopped small
medium bunch green coriander - chopped (provides handful)
1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds - ground/crushed
1 teaspoon cumin seeds - ground/crushed
1 teaspoon red chilli powder (increase, decrease or omit to suit taste)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric/haldi powder
1 heaped teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon salt (adjust as required)
1 cup water

Saute onions in oil till golden brown. Add ginger and garlic and cook for further two minutes. Add green chillis, turmeric, red chillis powder, garam masala, cumin and coriander seeds, tomato paste and cook for a further minute. Add tomatoes and courgette and cup of water and cover pot. Leave to cook for 15 minutes or until courgettes almost cooked through (check to see of the edge of a spoon cuts through).
Add green and red bell peppers, green tomatoes, potatos and fresh coriander. Cover and leave to simmer until potatoes cooked through.


  1. Masha Allah ukti looks delish, i make a corg curry but i don't add other veg but i will try some like yours next time inshaallah.

  2. Anonymous28 July, 2008

    Ummm! Nice recipe....and btw I found your name bringing back memories I used to blog under the name of Muslim mama myself till I changed it! :)

  3. Assalamu alaykum!

    Are courgettes also known as zucchini? that is what they look like to me.

    Did you know you can make bread with them? Also- I saw a chef on TV take the blossoms from this delicious veggie, stuff it with a chunk of locatelli cheese, batter it and fry it- for an appetizer. Yum.

    You know, you can stuff them too.

    Oh now Im hungry.

    Ciao bella!

  4. Assalam-alaikam Sister Rainbow,
    I'll return the compliment. I love your recipes, have been busy having an ogle at the pics just now.

    Assalam-alaikam Sister Indyana,
    I'm curious, why did you change the name?

    Assalam-alaikam lovely Sister iMuslimah,
    Yep courgettes are zucchini's. I never would have thought you could cook the flowers. The lady who gave me the corugettes tells me that another of the plotholders uses courgettes to make wine (with rhubarb and tangerine - sounds gross)

  5. Assalamu alaykum ,
    zucchini is my favourite veggie. That's the italian name btw.
    Zucchini' flowers are a delicatessen in Italy. We stuff them with anchovies and mozzarella chesse and fry them with a very light batter. But I cannot find any flowers here in UK :(
    I am thinking to grow my own, I just have to remember next year insh'Allah.
    BTW sis great curry, looks so fresh and yummy! Mash'Allah.

  6. I didnt know that Zucchini was italian! You learn something everyday.

    Im going to dedicate a post to you right now!

    Ciao bella & assalamu alaykum,


  7. Assalam-alaikam Sister Muslimah,
    My green-fingered friend says that they are very easy to grow and with the current good weather, you can even throw some seed into the ground now.

    Assalam-alaikam Sister Muslimah
    I just saw your post, another idea I wouldn't have though of, a very original mix of ingredients. Thanks for the mention, very sweet.

  8. Assalam u 'alaykum sister,

    Hope you are doing good.

    I'd love to try this recipe but can you please tell me what's zucchini in urdu? Is it easily available in pk? It's from pumpkin family but not sure what exactly is it! Also if you could please tell me what's dill in urdu? I've seen it used in so many recipes but i don't think this herb is easily available around. Thank you!

    take care

  9. Anonymous31 May, 2011

    Assalam- alaikam sisters
    Right now, my mother is cooking up a corguette curry, with the interesting twist of green beans added!