Marrow Curry | Hari Ghotra
3.5/5 rating (358 votes)

Marrow Curry

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Dietary Info VEGETARIAN VEGAN LACTOSE-FREE DAIRY-FREE HEALTHY LOW-CALORIES LOW-FAT WHEAT-FREE GLUTEN-FREE
  • Prep10 mins
  • Cook30 mins
                         

A really flavoursome vegetable curry cooked with seasonal marrow and beautifully spiced with cumin and mustard seeds.

Hari says

Fortunately for me I live on a road that has allotments at one end and although I don't have an allotment I do very well out of the produce that comes from it.

I'm always coming home to runner beans wrapped in newspaper left on the doorstep, or a carrier bag bursting with courgettes and even the occasional bunch of gladioli (it paid to tell our local gardener Morris that I love these flowers).

The first year we moved in I was inundated with marrows, which can be a bit of a non-vegetable... I mean, what do you do with a marrow? Stuff it? Bake it? Well — curry it, I say!

Marrows make a really wonderful curry and I like to cook it right down so it's almost like a paté. Something really wonderful happens with the addition of the simplest curry spices. Now every year I end up taking a few marrows to my mum's place, where I know they will be very well received.

something really wonderful can be produced

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 200g tin plum tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1-2 green chillies, chopped 
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large marrow (approx 1-1.5kg)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • handful fresh coriander

Method

  1. Heat oil and add the cumin and mustard seeds. Once they sizzle and become fragrant add the onions. Fry for about 6-7 minutes until they become translucent and just golden brown.
  2. Add the garlic and cook on a gentle heat for a few minutes. In the meantime, wash and chop the marrow into 3-4cm chunks. If your marrow is an older marrow then you may also need to peel it as the skin can be tough. You may also need to remove the seeds and soft central part of the marrow. 
  3. Add the tomatoes to the pan and stir in the grated ginger, chilli powder, turmeric, salt, and green chilli. Stir for a few minutes until the masala in thick and shiny.
  4. Add the chopped marrow and bring the pan to a simmer. Cover, then turn the heat to low and cook for about 20-30 minutes. Do check and stir occasionally.
  5. When the marrow has cooked to the texture you like, remove from the heat and add the garam masala and coriander to serve.
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Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Calories78
Fat (g)4
of which saturates (g)0
Carbohydrates (g)9
of which sugars (g)3
Fibre (g)2
Protein (g)2
Salt (mg)824
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (55)

  • David F

    David F

    25 September 2018 at 16:00 |
    Hi,

    Thanks for the instructions. I have a big marrow and will try on Friday. Could I add diced pork at some point in the recipe, for folk who can't cope without their fresh meat? (I don't want to make a separate curry if I can help it).

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      09 October 2018 at 09:56 |
      Did you try the marrow curry? One thing you can do is make the masala (with some extra onions) in the same way then separate into 2 pans. In one pan add the pork and some coconut milk like my Keralan pandi dish https://www.harighotra.co.uk/quick-keralan-pandi-recipe and in the second one add the marrow. Two dishes with minimum effort. Hope this helps Hari

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  • Darren

    Darren

    20 September 2018 at 09:56 |
    How this has scored only 3.5 stars is a mystery to me. It's probably the best curry I've ever cooked, and has become a regular show piece. I couldn't have imagined how good it would taste, as marrow isn't the most inspiring of ingredients, but the way it takes on the flavours of the curry while imparting a silkiness to the sauce, is truly amazing. I do find that 400g tinned tomato is a better fit, but I guess there's a lot of variability in marrow sizes and textures. Anyway, a big thank you for an inspirational recipe and a way out of our glut of marrows.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      20 September 2018 at 14:10 |
      Hi Darren - High praise indeed, thank you for trying the recipe. I think people miss click on the stars for some reason. So so happy that you enjoyed this dish, marrow is a great veg but people just don't know what to do with it. Please do take a picture next time and post it in the app so I can see your creation. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Hari

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  • Cathie

    Cathie

    13 September 2018 at 18:22 |
    Thank you for this! I was given a marrow, my first, last week. Clueless I turned to google and came upon your recipe. Fantastic! Both hubby and I found it delicious. Now...to find another marrow :-)

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      20 September 2018 at 13:59 |
      Hi Cathie Im so pleased to hear you gave this one a try. I think its a fab recipe too especially as most people don't know what to do with a good marrow. I'd love to see pictures next time so please do share your dish photos on the app. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

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  • RUTH

    RUTH

    27 August 2018 at 11:39 |
    Hi!
    I'm having a party for about 50 guests! How would I cook this in those quantities? Would I literally just multiply everything by 50?
    Ruth

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      28 August 2018 at 10:56 |
      Hi Ruth - not really which dishes are you looking to do? Usually have to go up proportionally.

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  • Corinne Cooke

    Corinne Cooke

    26 August 2018 at 19:13 |
    Hi - I have just made this but had never cooked a marrow before so didn’t realise you have to remove the soft part and seed from the centre. I did remove some of it because I didn’t like the look of it but had quite a lot of seeds to pick out! Please add this instruction to you method. Thanks.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      28 August 2018 at 10:38 |
      Hi Corinne I don't usually remove the soft parts and like the texture the seeds add. That said if you have a older marrow the seeds may be a bit more tough so I can understand why you would want to take them out. Thank you for the feedback I will add this information. Apart from that I hope you enjoyed the flavours. Thanks so much Hari

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  • M Whittaker

    M Whittaker

    25 August 2018 at 19:42 |
    Hi Hari
    As an allotment holder and curry lover, I was delighted to find your recipe and having just harvested a beautiful marrow, I set to work this evening. In addition to my marrow i have grown some chillies and onions so a lot of fresh veg included. At this point I should explain, I lost my sense taste 7 years ago, after a brain haemorrhage, so smell and texture are very important now. This curry was delish......so pure in ingredients and silken with bites from the mustard seeds and freshness from the coriander. In my second bowl, I confess I added some soy sauce and that transformed it again. Thank you out marrows have a new purpose!

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      28 August 2018 at 10:31 |
      Hi That is just a wonderful thing to hear. So happy that you were able to enjoy the flavours. It's an amazing vegetable and works so well with spices. Thank you for your feedback and the soy sounds interesting!! Thanks Hari

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  • Jennifer

    Jennifer

    15 August 2018 at 12:07 |
    I tried this curry, adding 1 pack of mango chunks (added towards the end of cooking) and a 400g tin of green lentils for protein.
    The kids loved it! It's even better kept for a day or two and reheated.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      17 August 2018 at 09:36 |
      Hi Jennifer - thanks for sharing. Loving your tweaks and i'm so pleased your kids loved it!

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  • Emily Gammon

    Emily Gammon

    10 August 2018 at 08:14 |
    When you used Hari Ghotra marrow in the slow cooker, how long did you cook it for?
    Did you cook the sauce separately, or, in the slow cooker?

    Chris Sawyer

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      10 August 2018 at 09:37 |
      Hi Chris You can do it in the masala in the slow cooker for 4-6 hours on low. If your marrow is old or seems to have a tough skin peel it first. Let me know how you get on. Thanks Hari

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  • Emily Gammon

    Emily Gammon

    30 August 2017 at 20:16 |
    We were given two VERY large home- grown marrows from some friends and was intrigued when we found this recipe.

    We used this method and recipe (without the ginger) and added a few packets of Tilda's Steamed Basmati Coconut, lime & Chilli rice to the mix. We made it in the slow cooker and it was delicious! Lasted as an evening meal for the whole family for a good few days for a very low price! It was nice to try a vegetarian dish for once (as we didn't add any meat).
    Although we did find the curry slightly spicy (probably to do with the chillies!), so added a bit of mint yogurt dip on the side. Still as delicious!

    After doing a bit of research, I was amazed to read about the many health benefits of using turmeric in foods. I would not have even considered using it had I not seen this recipe- so thank you! I would try this again and am looking forward to seeing your other recipes!

    Thank you for such a lovely dinner!

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      01 September 2017 at 08:46 |
      Hi Emily Thanks so much for leaving your comments. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed using the recipe and that you added your own twist too. Yes turmeric has been used in Indian cooking for centuries primarily because of it's help benefits. Please do subscribe to the website so you can be kept up to date with new recipes and information. I have lots of information on the spices used in Indian food here http://www.harighotra.co.uk/cooking-guides/indian-cooking-ingredients/spices if you want to find out more. Thanks again and I look forward to hearing about what else you cook from the website. Hari

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  • David Poulson

    David Poulson

    19 August 2017 at 11:57 |
    This was one of the best vegetable curry I have made. My daughter gave me a massive marrow, about 4kilos, so I made double the sauce and I also peeled the outer skin as I thought it might be a bit tough. The sauce is very spicy without being too hot. The slight crunchiness of the mustard seeds enhanced the dish. We ate it with chappatis. Thanks for your recipes, I will be trying others . David.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      20 August 2017 at 09:54 |
      Hi David How amazing to hear that. It is a fantastic way to use marrow and I am so glad you loved it. Thanks so much for giving it a go. Hari

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  • Sarah Werrell

    Sarah Werrell

    18 August 2017 at 14:39 |
    Hi just the recipe I was looking for ! but you didn't say the weight for the marrow. Could you confirm? And what would be weight of flesh once peeled and seeded for the recipe as I have one which has very thick skin! Thanks a million! Sarah

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      18 August 2017 at 15:03 |
      Hi I would say about 1-1.5kg peeled weight will be fine for this recipe. Let me know how it comes out. Thanks Hari

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  • Anna

    Anna

    15 August 2017 at 06:13 |
    Hi
    I was wondering how long the dish would keep once made and if it could be frozen. It sounds superb and gets very good comments.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      15 August 2017 at 08:12 |
      Hi Anna It will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge and yes you can freeze it too. Let me know what you think. Thanks Hari

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  • Mary

    Mary

    11 August 2017 at 14:49 |
    I was given a huge courgette from a friend's allotment weighing 3.35Kg & your recipe was perfect to make a very tasty meal.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      14 August 2017 at 12:01 |
      Hi Mary Thats perfect I'm so pleased you got to use some yum fresh ingredients from your friends allotment and chose one of my recipes to cook - thanks so much for sharing and i'm so thrilled you enjoyed it too. Thanks Hari

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  • Pat

    Pat

    06 August 2017 at 11:06 |
    Hi thank you I will try that. I actually used puréed sweet potato with taramind which also worked well :)

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      07 August 2017 at 16:43 |
      Would be good to hear what you think Thanks so much for using the recipe though! Hari

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  • Janine

    Janine

    05 August 2017 at 17:41 |
    I have been given 3 giant marrows by my sister and I'm just cooking the curry and it smells wonderful. I'm going to give the chutney recipe a go too! So glad I found your site and this recipe!

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      07 August 2017 at 16:42 |
      Hi Janine Its all about marrows at this time of the year and they make the best curry!! So please to hear you are enjoying using the website. Let me know what you thought of the curry and chutney! Thanks Hari

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  • Pat

    Pat

    05 August 2017 at 11:48 |
    Would love to try this but I can not eat tomatoes (annoying as included in many currys) could you recommend something to substitute instead of toms?

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      05 August 2017 at 12:08 |
      Hi Pat You can make a paste by roasting red peppers and blending them to a puree and use that instead of tomatoes. This is a good substitute or you could miss them out for this dish. Does that help? Let me know how you get on. Thanks Hari

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  • Sarah

    Sarah

    03 August 2017 at 10:52 |
    I had never cooked marrow before today and was stuck for ideas. This recipe is absolutely delicious, quick, easy and healthy! Can't ask for more! Will defo cook again and look for other recipes of yours! Thanks

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      03 August 2017 at 11:52 |
      Hi Sarah Marrow is one of those vegetables that people get stuck with but as you said I think this is an amazing way to use the vegetable. So lovely to hear that you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Looking forward to hearing what you cook next from the website. Thanks Hari

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  • Diane

    Diane

    29 July 2017 at 19:32 |
    Dear Hari
    My husband and I just made this recipe and found it absolutely lovely! I will definitely make it again (I have another marrow!). I will use the base and use other vegetables when unable to find a marrow. I imagine pumpkin would work well too. Thanks for the easy to follow recipe and keep posting all your great ideas for meals.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      30 July 2017 at 20:08 |
      Hi Diane Thanks for trying this dish. I love it too I think marrow is wonderful with a few spices. I have a great pumpkin dish here too http://www.harighotra.co.uk/pumpkin-curry-recipe but yes try it with other veg. Let me know how you get on Hari

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  • Jules

    Jules

    28 July 2017 at 07:40 |
    Hi Hari, It was delicious!! Definitely recommend to anyone! My marrow skin cooked through so wasn't an issue. And it was so easy to make. Thank you very much.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      28 July 2017 at 07:46 |
      Thats fantastic to hear - I really like this one too I'm so pleased you loved it. Have you seen my new app its free to download too? Really easy way to find recipes. www.harighota.co.uk/app

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  • Jules

    Jules

    25 July 2017 at 18:34 |
    Just wanted to let you know that your recipe is still being googled and tried! I haven't taken the skin off and am currently cooking this. I've added extra garlic, chilli and ginger as I buy them frozen so fingers crossed!

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      26 July 2017 at 08:46 |
      Hi Jules That's fantastic to hear!! Older marrows may need to have the skin peeled but I usually find they are ok with the skin on. How was it? Thanks Hari

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  • Sheila

    Sheila

    16 November 2016 at 00:52 |
    Hi Hari,
    I was given a marrow too!I made this for supper and it was delicious[say so myself!]so many thanks for a great recipe.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      16 November 2016 at 08:10 |
      Hi Sheila always a pleasure, nice to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving a comment Hari

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  • Cliff

    Cliff

    23 October 2016 at 13:38 |
    Cooking this up now. The smells are wonderful!

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      23 October 2016 at 20:54 |
      Amazing let me know what you think!

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  • Tony Mills

    Tony Mills

    30 September 2016 at 09:45 |
    Trying this out today :)

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  • Ruth

    Ruth

    21 September 2016 at 11:03 |
    I made this for friends and it was a big success. Very tasty and easy to make! I served it with dhal and rice and naan.
    Would make it again, many times

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      30 September 2016 at 16:56 |
      Hi Ruth Glad my recipe helped - thanks so much for trying it and for using the website. What are you trying next time? Thanks Hari

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  • Maria

    Maria

    19 September 2016 at 11:33 |
    Hi, I'd like to try this recipe and was wondering if it freezes well.
    Thanks
    Maria

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      30 September 2016 at 16:57 |
      Hi Maria Sorry I missed your message - Ive not tried it but I image it should be fine. Let me know Hari

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  • Poonam

    Poonam

    08 September 2016 at 16:55 |
    Made this today. It is really delicious, but I didn't peel the marrow before cooking and had to scrape it off afterwards. The peel was like plastic, even after an hour of cooking and totally inedible.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      12 September 2016 at 14:35 |
      Hi Poonam oh dear that must have been so annoying! I tend to leave the skin on and find that it cooks through but I guess it depends on the marrow. I think next time if it feels thick and hard to begin with then peel the marrow before cooking it. I will add this into the recipes so others can decide to peel if they wish. I really appreciate your feedback it really helps others. I am glad you liked the taste of the dish though. Let me know what else you try. Thanks Hari

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  • Rach

    Rach

    04 September 2016 at 22:30 |
    Do you take the skin off the marrow?

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      05 September 2016 at 14:55 |
      Hi Rach I don't but you can if you want to. I find it cooks down enough and adds a little texture. Let me know how it comes out! Thanks Hari

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  • Louise

    Louise

    30 August 2016 at 09:13 |
    Brilliant recipe. We have had three humongous marrows given to us from our kindly neighbours. This will be my go to recipe for marrow in the future.

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    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      30 August 2016 at 09:18 |
      Hi Louise That's brilliant - I really like this dish too so it makes be really happy to hear that you do too. As you have 3 marrow's I thought this great courgette chutney recipe (which works with marrow too) might give you an idea as to how to use them up. This keeps for ages too. http://www.harighotra.co.uk/courgette-chutney-recipe Thanks for using the site and leaving a comment. Do let me know if you try anything else. Hari

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