Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
A really flavoursome vegetable curry cooked with seasonal marrow and beautifully spiced with cumin and mustard seeds.
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When the marrow has cooked to the texture you like, remove from the heat and add the garam masala and coriander to serve.
|Typical values*||per Serving|
|of which saturates (g)||0|
|of which sugars (g)||3|