grilled courgette masala

griddled tori masala

griddled tori masala

To accompany the mega-rich butter chicken, I wanted a veg-based accompaniment. I was in the mood for courgette so Googled Indian-influenced courgette recipes. Disappointingly there was hardly anything out there; it’s not a particularly Indian ingredient and the only recipe that seemed to crop up was one for “courgette with peas and tomato” which was moving away from the side-dish I was after. There was nothing left but to get creative. I thought about how I would prepare a courgette, and thinly sliced and griddled is one of my favourite. By adding a curry-flavoured oil I was pretty much there. I was really pleased with how they turned out and will stick them out front for another Indian meal some time.

Griddled tori masala:

2 courgettes, thinly sliced lengthways

100ml vegetable oil

1 teaspoon garam masala

3 cloves garlic, grated

  1. Combine the oil with the garam masala and garlic and heat in a pan over a low heat. Once the garlic pieces start to fizz and bubble, turn the heat off and allow it to infuse the oil for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat a griddle to very hot. Brush one side of the courgettes with the oil and griddle the courgette oil-side down.
  3. After a couple of minutes peek underneath. If the char-marks are starting to appear, brush the raw side and slip them over.
  4. When griddled on both sides, drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with salt and pepper.


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  • Nice..I will try this at some point. I’ve come across your recipe after trying to find a recipe for courgette tikka masala. I’ve put “pataks” tikka masala paste in with some natural greek yogurt, a little cornflour and chickpea flour. Added in thickly sliced courgette and let them marinate for the day. I will try to grill them on a disposable barbecue.. Hopefully then turn out nice.. you can add any vegetables such as onion, peppers etc and skewer them. You can even put them under the grill if you don’t have a barbecue, maybe just add some oil to your skewers if putting them under the grill ­čÖé

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