Cut 300g of courgettes a metà per il lungo, then into small cubes, each about 2cm square.
In a shallow-sided pan, warm 1 tsp each of coriandolo e cumin seeds over a moderate heat for 3 o 4 minutes until they are fragrant and their colour has darkened a little. Shake the pan from time to time so the seeds don’t burn. Remove from the heat, tip the seeds into a spice grinder or mortar and process to a fine powder.
Pour 2 cucchiaio di olio d'oliva into the pan and add the cubed courgettes. Let them cook over a moderate heat for 7-10 minuti, until their edges are pale gold and their flesh translucent. Remove from the pan.
In the empty pan, warm 2 cucchiaio di oliva, groundnut o olio vegetale poi, keeping the heat low, add the ground spices, 1 cucchiaino di garam masala e 1 cucchiaino di curry powder (mild, I suggest, rather than hot), then 50g of whole, skinned almonds. Let them cook for a minute or two, moving everything round the pan, until nuttily fragrant.
Scolare una lattina da 400 g di chickpeas and stir into the almonds and spices, then introduce 30g of sunflower seeds and 30g of puffed (unsweetened) rice. Roughly chop 200g of pomodori and add to the pan, letting them cook for a couple of minutes then stirring in a handful of chopped prezzemolo. Return the courgettes to the pan and stir together until they are hot and coated in spices.
Squeeze in the juice of half a Limone e, forse, a little salt. Abbastanza per 2
The rice you need for this is plain, unsweetened puffed rice, available from health food shops.
This is an exceptionally good accompaniment for cold roast meats.
Use cashews in place of the almonds if you wish, or cucumber – peeled and cubed – in place of the courgettes.
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