Griddled Courgettes with Turmeric & Pickled Chilli

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Serves2-4 people

I bet you never thought you’d wake up craving courgettes. Well, this recipe might just make you do that. It’s a fabulous side for roast lamb, pan-fried hake or daal and rice.

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  • 2-3 large courgettes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • A gloss of olive oil
  • 1 red chilli
  • 75ml cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • Natural yogurt, to serve (optional)
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1. Trim off the woody top end of your courgette. Using a large knife, thinly slice lengthwise into long 1/2cm-thick panels (or, if you prefer, just slice into rounds).
2. Dust a little salt and pepper over the sliced courgettes. Gloss with a little bit of oil, but don’t saturate them.
3. Thinly slice your chilli into rounds. Warm the vinegar and honey in a little pan, just till the honey’s dissolved. Swirl in your chillies. Take off the heat. Let them steep while you cook your courgettes.
4. Get a large frying or griddle pan smoking hot. Carefully arrange your courgette slices in a single layer. Cook till nicely charred on each side. You’ll probably have to cook them in batches.
5. Once cooked, set on a cutting board and dust each layer with the ground turmeric. Repeat till all of your courgettes are used up.
6. Artfully arrange your turmeric-dusted courgettes on a platter or individual plates. Sprinkle a little sea salt and pepper over. Add a little gloss of oil, if needed and some drizzles of natural yogurt, too, if you fancy.
7. Dot the pickled chillies over the top. Save the pickling vinegar to make a salad dressing for big leafy green salad to serve alongside – simply shake the vinegar in a jam jar with an equal amount of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
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