Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Baked Courgettes Recipe and India pics

It has been so long since I posted a recipe,
in fact I believe this is the first recipe of 2011.
Round courgettes which are lightly steamed
then stuffed with a filling of quinoa, peas, corn,
onions, peppers, garlic, herbs and spices - and then
baked in the oven till ready......
Vegan, gluten free, healthy and easy to put together too!!

I'm out of blogging practice and my words feel rusted,
somehow they are not flowing so well for now.....
I definitely need to begin writing and blogging more often :-)

Baked Courgettes (Zucchini)

4 round shape courgettes
2 cups of cooked quinoa
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup red peppers, finely chopped
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 cup cooked green peas
1/4 cup cooked corn
salt to taste
sprinkling of chilli flakes
1 teaspoon of mixed spices
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Cut the tops off and scoop out the center,
leaving it hollow for the filling.
Steam the courgettes for about 10 minutes,
till they are softened a little but still firm.

Keep aside.

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Heat the olive oil in a pan, then saute the onions,
peppers, garlic, peas and corn for 5 minutes.
Add the quinoa, the salt, spices and herbs,
continue to saute all of it for another few minutes,
mixing it all together.
Let it cool down a little, then spoon this quinoa
filling into the hollowed courgettes.
Cover the courgettes with the cut off tops and place
them in a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Bake them for around 15 minutes and then serve them
for lunch or dinner - my daughter also liked them cold
for breakfast the next day - a gluten free, alkaline
and vegan breakfast :-)


I've been in India for more than 3 months this year,
and shall be returning there in three weeks again.
I spent most of my time in a small town called
Coonoor, situated in the Nilgiris mountains,
South of India - lush green tea estates, eucalyptus
groves,and warm smiling faces.......

 Here are a few pictures of the incredible Nilgiris :-)


kelli said...

so happy to see a post from you, neeta! breathtaking photos! the zucchini looks wonderful. i'd love to give those a try this summer.=)


Priti said...

Pics are awesome ...looks fab..n so the zucchini :)

Neeta said...

kelli, thanks so much - been away for so long, need to catch up on my blog reading!!! have a lovely warm bright summer, much love xox

thanks very much priti :-) have a great weekend xxx

Melanie said...

Beautiful photos.

Neeta said...

Sorry for the delay Melanie, thanks very much for your comment :-)

kelli said...

thinking of you and sending lots of love.=)

Veganosaurus said...

Oh my! The stuffed courgettes looks deeelish!!

Neeta said...

Thanks Susmitha, I've yet to come across round courgettes in India though :-)

Neeta said...

kelli, don;t know how i missed your last comment - thanks a million and lots of love to you too.....been totally inactive on the blogging front but will definitely drop by yours soon.....oh i miss those blogging days!!!! xoxox