Summer Squash Curry

We couldn’t help but want to share this recipe, published by the New York Times from David Tanis.¬† A yummy way to use the bounty of summer squash varieties we grow. Try it with small zucchini, pattypan, or yellow Success!

Coconut Oil
1 bunch scallions or 1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper
1 tsp grated garlic or 2 garlic scapes, minced
1 serrano or chile pepper, finely chopped
1 Tbsp turmeric
1 Tbsp fish sauce or light soy sauce
zest and juice of 1 lime
13.5 oz coconut milk
2 pounds small summer squash,
cut in 1-inch cubes, slices, or wedges
1 cup shelled peas (optional)
2 pounds mussels (optional)
1 pound squid (optional)
Mint leaves, for garnish
Basil leaves, for garnish
Cilantro leaves, for garnish

Melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion(or scallions), season with salt and pepper, and cook until softened without browning, about 5 minutes.

Add garlic, ginger, chile, turmeric, fish sauce, and lime zest and juice, stir, and cook for an additional minute.
Add coconut milk, bring to a simmer and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add summer squash and peas, if using, and cook gently until just tender but still firm, about 5 minutes more. Turn off the heat.

Meanwhile, if using mussels and squid, put 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a soup pot over high heat. Add mussels, stir, and cover. When mussels begin to open, after 3 or 4 minutes, add squid, stir and cook, covered, for 2 minutes more. Turn off heat. (Skip this step for a vegetarian version of the recipe)

Transfer summer squash and sauce to a deep, wide serving dish or divide among large soup bowls. If using, scatter mussels and squid over the top. Garnish with mint, basil, and cilantro.