We went to the vegetable bazaar today and all greens took my attention. Whenever I go to this bazaar, I want to buy everything I see on stands. Today it was more colorful and fresh as a reflection of coming Spring. While we were filling our bags with tomatoes, the vendor was continually praising zucchinis near tomatoes. He was telling how fresh they were and giving a recipe at the same time with the sound “Mmmm”. His recipe was so easy, saute the zucchinis and pour some yogurt on it. If you’re following my blog for some time, you may remember that we don’t like zucchini only recipes. There must be something adding some tasty flavors to this tasteless vegetable. Although I didn’t have any idea of such a recipe, I couldn’t resist more and bought half kilo zucchini at the end.
You might realize that I’ve been cooking some dishes with green lentil for some time. I thought that it would be a great idea to cook zucchini with green lentil. I mentioned this ‘new’ and ‘creative’ recipe during a phone conversation with mom and she laughed at me. She told me that there was already this zucchini stew in Turkish cuisine. Although, it’s not a new recipe for many people, this was a new dish in our kitchen, which made us decide to buy some zucchini on the next bazaar day.
• 3 zucchinis
• 4 tomatoes
• 1 onion
• ¼ cup green lentil
• 1 tbsp dried mint
• 1 tbsp salt
• ½ tbsp tomato or pepper paste
• 2 tbsp olive oil
Chop the onion and saute it in olive oil. Add green lentil and stir.
Dilute the pepper paste in a small bowl and add it into the pot.
Chop the zucchinis thick and throw them into the pot, cover it. Meanwhile peel and dice the tomatoes. Add them in the pot, sprinkle salt and dried mint on it and stir. Put the lid on the pot and bring th heat to the lowest. It will be ready in 30 minutes.
I felt that this would be a tasty dish even when it was cooking as it smelled so appetizing. And we thought that green lentil had a magical flavor that made everything delectable. If you still have suspicions on zucchini, I strongly recommend this recipe.