This week we had a lot of guests over and a lot of okra, so I made this easy oven roasted okra two days in a row, and several okra haters were coverted into okra fans! Ingredients: Okra (can cut stems off if you want, or just roast whole!) Oil Salt Pepper Garlic powder Any… Continue reading Easiest, yummiest, non-slimiest okra recipe!
Always looking for new ways to use bottle gourd! This week I tried a variation on a zucchini bread recipe, using bottle gourd instead of zucchini and changing up the spices a little. I followed the recipe below. The only changes were using bottle gourd, obviously, and skipping the nutmeg and replacing it with 1… Continue reading Cardamom Ginger Bottle Gourd Bread Recipe
Ridge Gourd, AKA Chinese Okra, Luffa, Turai, and Tori, is a cool squash because it’s edible when harvested young, and when allowed to dry on the vine it becomes fibrous and can be used for scrubbing (it’s the original luffa). Here’s a simple Indian recipe to use Ridge Gourd. Peel and slice one ridge gourd… Continue reading Ridge Gourd Recipe
This is a Syrian recipe, and a favorite of Hasan’s mom. An excellent way to eat eggplant! It’s basically the same thing as baba ghannouj, just a different name. I like this version because I think the walnuts are a nice touch, but they’re optional. Roast 4 small eggplants (or 2 medium sized ones)… Continue reading Matabbel Recipe
Here’s the recipe I used to make the bottle gourd kofta samples at Perkasie this week: http://www.spiceupthecurry.com/lauki-kofta-recipe-lauki-kofta-curry/ The recipe uses the word “lauki” for bottle gourd. It also has a lot of ingredients–it’s good to use as many as you can, but if you’re missing anything, it’s probably okay to try it without it. I didn’t… Continue reading Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry Recipe
I’ve been waiting for MONTHS to have an over-abundance of peppers and tomatoes so I could make this recipe. Taktouka is a Moroccan salad/dip made with tomatoes and roasted green peppers. It’s sooooo yummy. Also, Moroccans have the cutest names for everything. Taktouka. Sounds like something you’d say while tickling a kitten or something. This… Continue reading Taktouka Recipe
For this week’s sample at Perkasie market, I followed the recipe below for banana zucchini bread, except I used bottle gourd instead. I also added a third banana and cut the sugar down to 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. I didn’t add any nuts in mine in case anyone was allergic,… Continue reading Bottle Gourd Banana Bread Recipe