Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Aarti Paarti Ep. 15: Smoky Squash


Far be it from me to criticize one of God's creations, but good Lord! The zucchini is boring! Don't you agree? So bland in flavour, so blah in texture... and yet, so cheap, so ubiquitous, and honestly, really quite pretty.

Squash has hit the farmers market in my neck of the woods, and I was completely taken by all the pretty kinds you can find: the cheery, squat patty pans, the Mexican gray, the ones that look like lemons...

Perhaps one of squash's best qualities is that it cooks up so quickly. Give yourself about 15 minutes, and this dish will be done, and you'll only have to dirty one dish: your wok. You'll end up with a smoky, juicy dish that would sing alongside a roast or grilled meat, but is equally satisfying on its own.

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"Smokey the Bear" by Gene Autry

Director, camera & husband extraordinaire: Brendan McNamara

Smoky Squash

Assorted squash with red bell pepper, tomato and coriander, cumin and dried mango powder

Adapted from a recipe by Neelam Batra.

You'll need:
2lbs zucchini, yellow squash, patty pan, whatever you want or can find
1 red pepper, chopped into 1" squares
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
1 tbsp minced ginger
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
Seasoned salt (to taste)

1) Top and tail the squash. If you're using zucchini, slice into 1" rounds. If you're using patty-pans, cut a cross into one end of the squash, cutting about a 1/4 of the way through.

2) Warm a little olive oil in a wok over high heat. Add squash & pepper. Stir occasionally, and cook, uncovered, until some brown spots appear all over.

3) Turn heat down to medium-high. Sprinkle spice powders, ginger and salt all over the veggies. Stir. Cover and cook 2 minutes.

4) Add tomatoes. Stir and cook, covered another 2 minutes until squash is crisp-tender.

5) Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Taste for seasoning and serve!




Paula said...

I LOVE watching your show! I can't wait to try some of these recipes. You have such great ideas! I think I will try the smokey squash this week!

Keep it up!
Paula in HOT Florida

aartilla the fun said...

wow thanks paula! can't wait to hear how it turns out!

JAMIE said...

Dear Aarti,

I am inspired by you.


Kelly said...

Can you make this with a frying pan instead of a wok?

I love summer squash! Looking forward to trying out this recipe.

aartilla the fun said...

hey kelly! yes you can TOTALLY just use a frying pan instead of a wok. it'll work out just as well (if not better because everything will cook evenly).

let me know how it turns out!


Kelly said...

Do you take requests? I love the flavors you use and I'm looking for a recipe with tofu that's quick and simple to make. I'm studying for the bar and I don't have much time to cook. Ideally, I'd like to make a large quantity and be able to eat it throughout the week. Tall order?

Thanks for any input!

aartilla the fun said...

hey kelly! so sorry to only respond now, BUT i do have a recipe for sweet potato-tofu cakes that make a bunch... take a look at youtube.com/aartipaarti or search on this blog (up at the top) for sweet potato cakes!

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