A few of my blogger friends had asked me to share what all do I cook with Zucchini. Friends, I do make a few things when I get Zucchini at a cheap rate here, but today I share an extremely tasty, spicy and tangy chutney with this quite tasteless Zucchini.
I had experimented with this chutney a few years back but ever since then it has become our favorite. This chutney can be used with Dosa, Idli, snacks, as a side dish, as a spread …is quite a versatile one. One can make this in surplus and refrigerate it. I can eat it with anything except the sweets. The flavors added to the chutney completely camouflages the Zucchini so this Chutney is perfect for people who like/dislike it but surely can enjoy all it’s health benefits in this way!!!
1 large Zucchini chopped/cubed
12-15 bedagi chilies
7-8 garlic pods
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp methi dana/ fenugreek seeds
3-4 sprigs curry leaves
2 tbsp tamarind paste
salt to taste
oil for cooking and tempering
1 tsp mustard seeds
a pinch of good quality asafetida
Heat about 2-3 tsp of oil in a pan and add fenugreek seeds, when they change colour (do not let them burn) add garlic and saute. I have used about a tea spoon of fenugreek as I love it’s flavour but one is free to reduce it as per their taste.
Now add red chilies, zucchini, curry leaves, turmeric and salt. Mix, cover and cook till done.
Cool the mix and transfer it to a grinder pot and add tamarind paste. Grind it.
Temper the chutney with mustard and asafetida. Mix and refrigerate. Remove in small quantity when ever you use..
I also take the opportunity to wish my MOM and my dear friend Nalini G on their birthday today.
Coming to the awards, first of all accept my apologies for the delay in accepting all these awards. Honestly speaking I was puzzled about the award thing. I truly appreciate my blogger friends feelings when they think of bestowing an award to my blog but I am surely puzzled and have my own doubts about them, do I deserve …? Am I an expert in cooking…? What have I really achieved..? I still feel I have a long way to go, a lot more to learn!!!
During the initial days of blogging my heart used to leap out every time I got an award. I remember so clearly the day I got my first award I had called up S and told him that I got a one… but during the course of blogging I realised that I am more satisfied when I read honest and genuine comments at my blog rather than getting awards. I am extremely happy when someone tells me what they liked in my recipe or why is the recipe different or what else I could do to improvise my recipe.
I appreciate it more when my friends read my recipes or congratulate me when I try something new. In fact I do feel low at times when a good preparation goes unnoticed but I cheer myself saying what’s good for me may not be important to others…or they might know that and it’s not new for them.
I get immense satisfaction in learning new things from so many talented bloggers and I am extremely glad if I can be of any help to my foodie friends, I genuinely try to answer all the queries that are asked here in my blog.
Please do not get me wrong or feel offended..I do understand your feelings but for me my REAL AWARD IS WHEN I GET A COMMENT THAT SOMEONE TRIED MY RECIPE AND THEY ENJOYED MAKING AND EATING THAT or SOMEONE ASKS ME TO POST A RECIPE. I feel recognised and my work appreciated. I am truly truly humbled when people find my work honest and take out time to appreciate all the work and effort that goes in making a recipe as well as writing the post.
So here I am accepting all the awards with utmost humility as I treasure my blogger friends and do not want to hurt you….. Thank you so much, I hope you will understand me …why I delayed!!!
from Indrani of Appayan, Kanchan of Kitchen Gossip, Asha of Asra ashaon ka, Renuka fom Love Of Cooking, Gayathri of Kavitha’vin Kaivannam, Rujuta and Deepa of Food Lyrics
from Deepa of Food Lyrics, Indrani of Appayan , Asha of Asra ashaon ka and Siddhi of Cooked Dil Se
from Siddhi of Cooked Dil Se and Asha of Asra ashaon ka
from Priyas Recipes on her 200th post.....
Some more TOFAS from Asha and Renuka
Nithu also shared the Smart food blogger award with me. I apologize in advance if I have missed out any.
All the tags I have done earlier and you are welcome to read them in my previous posts. Please click awards in the navigation bar to read more about me.