Oven-Fried Curried Masa Coated Zucchini Chips
Just when you thought you’d tasted all the land of zucchini has to offer, curry moves into the neighborhood & things will never be the same!
Why did I add masa & curry to my zucchini… I just happened to have both on hand & “it seemed like a good idea at the time”. So a classic Mexican ingredient and a classic Asian ingredient were slammed together & it was as if they have been together for years. SO GOOD!
One of my favorite things to eat ever is mom’s fried okra, she slices is fairly thin, adds s & p, a touch of flour and my favorite part: corn meal. I love the extra crunch cornmeal provides – and the cornmeal flavor & ketchup for dipping…mmm, it doesn’t get better.
As I was slicing my zucchini, I started thinking about okra & it just so happened I bought something like 4 lbs of organic masa harina on a crazy sale thanks to a tip from my SIL Marcy. Then my mind bounced over to my cramped fridge and the half-used can of curry paste just begging to be finished off. And like magic a recipe idea popped into my head.
I just love what the addition of curry and masa does to this faux fried zucchini. I shared a delicious faux fried zucchini recipe last week – it is classic and perfect. But this time of year? Zucchini is growing like crazy & a few good recipes to rotate through meal plans is a blessing!
And, doesn’t the turmeric make this look SO pretty?? ((oh yes – I have more zucchini recipes coming soon — is it summer or what?))
- 4-5 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced (I used 2 yellow squash & 2 zucchini)
- 1/2 c panko
- 2/3 c masa harina
- 2-3 T curry paste (the more you use, the hotter is gets)
- 1-2 T tumeric
- 1-2 T canola oil
- scant s & p
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until evenly coated.
- Place the zucchini on the baking sheet, spread out evenly. Give the zucchini a few firm taps by hand, to make sure the coating sticks to the zucchini.
- Spread the zucchini out in a single layer, place in the oven & bake for 25-30 minutes. Toss halfway through and return to oven,
- Serves 4-6.
- The curry paste I use is salted. Before you season, check to if your brand has salt listed as an ingredient ((make sure you don't over salt)).
ps – here is the brand of curry paste I used. I picked it up at the Asian market.