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This simple indian dish makes a fabulous side dish for most indian curries. (*Indicates Potomac Vegetable Farm (PVF) produce. For more information about what we are doing with our PVF CSA share, click here.)

Recipe adapted from From Curries to Kebabs: Recipes from the Indian Spice Trail.


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch asafetida powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp whole brown mustard seeds
  • 3-4 medium zucchini, yellow squash, or other type of summer squash*
  • 1/2 to 3/4 lb new potatoes*
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Cook potatoes in pressure cooker, according to your pressure cooker’s directions (or boil potatoes in a large pot of water until tender, about 7 minutes).
  2. Pour oil into a large pan or wok and turn heat to medium-high. When the oil is hot, add asafetida and then cumin seeds and mustard seeds. As soon as the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the zucchini and potatoes. Stir fry for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the yogurt, and cook, stirring, until the yogurt is absorbed. Reduce heat to low and add coriander and salt. Stir for a minute. Add the lemon juice and toss.
  4. Serve with white basmati rice and chickpea curry.