Crispy Courgette With Curry

Crispy Courgette

Cooking is like art. It is an union of colors, tastes and different smells. Cooking is like painting: you have to select carefully all the ingredients, textures and tones appearance, as in a portrait. If the choices are appropriate, the dish will be fixed in everybody’s mind and in the taste buds of those who try it.

During these days in London one perceives little summer. There are clouds, rain, thunder and lightning. On days like these I love cookin and listening to the sound of the rain hitting on the window of my kitchen.

Today, after have been working for hours on my computer, I went out for a walk to enjoy the typical smell of London (i.e. that of rain, dear me! ) and going missing myself among the shelves of “Whole Foods”, in Stoke Newington. Whole Foods is a supermarket chain, which you can find in different parts of London. It is specialized in selling organic and monitored products. Today I purchased courgettes, turmeric and curry for tonight’s dinner.

Curry is a mixed spice that I love and that can easily be prepared at home. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is mainly composed of turmeric. Turmeric has depurative and antioxidants properties, an intense color and it is unique in flavor. They are both well known spices in Eastern and Asiatic kitchen, they can be used in the preparation of many dishes but also for beauty care.

I’m going to prepare a batter based on curry and turmeric as breading for courgettes: a mix that you should definitely try

 Ingredients for 5-6 people:

  • 6 Courgettes
  • 150 g Rice flour
  • 1 Teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 Teaspoon turmeric powder (as I said it is contained in curry, but I add it to get a stronger flavor)
  • 200ml Beer or sparkling water
  • A pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil

Method:

  1. Wash and cut the courgettes in sticks;
  2. In a bowl, mix some flour with curry and turmeric powder;
  3. Add some beer or sparkling water (it must be very cold) and quickly mix until it forms a smooth mixture;
  4. Dip the courgette sticks into the batter and wrap them totally;
  5. Heat in a pot some seeds oil; when it is quite hot, fry the courgette little by litte until they become golden brown;
  6. Leave them for few minutes on a tray covered with absorbing paper towels and then serve them hot.

My advices:

  • If you want you can combine these sticks with a sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy them!

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Indian salad with asparagus |Vegan recipe

Indian salad with asparagus |Vegan recipe

Nice things, unfortunately, need to be earned. If money is the reward for physical fatigue, the brief moments of relaxation are still a lifeline for our precarious spirituality.

This is a period full of work, the major challenge of Summer that we deserve. However, for today, we feel happy with a tasty and healthy lunch: asparagus, spring onions, turmeric, paprika, ginger, pepper and lemon, all stir-fried, for a fresh Indian flavours inspired salad.

So, abound with asparagus, vegetables rich in nutritional and beneficial properties, such as vegetable fibres, folic acid, vitamins, mineral salts. They are able to purify our body and prevent diseases, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes. We need to learn how to take care of ourselves, being even stronger to face new weeks and getting ready for the dress rehearsal!

The recipe.

Ingredients for 2 people:

  • 200 g asparagus
  • 3 g turmeric powder;
  • 5 spring onions;
  • 3 g paprika powder;
  • 2 g black pepper powder;
  • 1 fresh pepper;
  • Just enough extra virgin olive oil;
  • Some lemon juice;
  • Ginger- minced.

Method:

  1. Wash and chop asparagus into 2 cm pieces, then cut the tops;
  2. Remove with a knife the outer layer of summer onions. Remove the toughest green part too and slice the white part you will use later;
  3. In a frying pan heat up some oil, paprika, pepper, turmeric powder and fresh pepper. Mix well them and cook for 2 minutes;
  4. Add the spring onions and combine them with spices, stirring occasionally for about 2-3 minutes until they are golden brown;
  5. Add the asparagus, lemon juice and ginger, mix with the other ingredients and simmer gently for 4-5 minutes;
  6. Serve on a slice of toasted bread.

My advices….

  • This dish is ideal if you have guests for lunch and no time. It is a perfect appetizer to start special lunches or dinners;
  • It can also be used as seasoning for rice;
  • Quickly simmer vegetables combined with spices so they will keep their magnificent beneficial properties.

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