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RECIPE: Steamed Courgettes (Zucchini!)

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      Title: Steamed Courgettes (Turai ki Sabzi)
 Categories: Indian, Side dish, Vegetables
      Yield: 4 Servings
     12 oz Courgettes (zucchini)
      1    Onion, chopped
      1 tb Cumin seed
      2 tb Finely-chopped fresh
           -- coriander (cilantro)
      2    Green chillies (optional)
  NOTE: 12 oz courgettes is 3 small ones.
  CONVERSIONS: 12 oz = 350 g
  ABBREVIATIONS: tb = tablespoon
  Cut the courgettes in half lengthways, then slice into thin
  half-moons. If using the green chillies, cut in half, deseed and
  remove all white membrane; then slice acrossways thinly.
  Put the onion in a pan with enough stock to cover. Bring to the 
  boil - don't put a lid on - and boil off the liquid, stirring constantly. 
  The idea is to soften the onion without browning.
  When the liquid is almost gone, add the cumin seed and stirfry for 
  a moment before adding the courgette slices. Add a little water if
  necessary; mix well and add a pinch of salt. Turn the heat to very
  low and put the lid on.
  Now leave them to steam until very tender - this is not a "crisp"
  vegetable dish at all, rather meltingly tender. You will probably 
  not need to stir them at all. Keeping the lid on keeps all the moisture
  in so it doesn't burn.
  Just before serving, add the coriander leaves and green chillies 
  (if using) and stir well.
  Recipe from "Indian Cookery" by Sameen Rushdie, adapted slightly to
  remove fat, by Kate Pugh <katherine.sheppard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>