Keeping my promise to Khalid, we are not having any carbs at night.
However, I was craving a Putanesca, so I went online and researched ‘spaghetti substitutes’.
The main ingredient I found being referenced, was European courgette.
Living in the UAE, 1-foot long courgettes are tough to come by. We do have smaller Middle Eastern courgettes, which we will include in a recipe in the future.
In searching for a spaghetti substitute, I stumbled across a large courgette-looking thing that I brought home to try something new.
The mysterious ingredient turned out to be Bottle Gourd, or “Lauki” in India. Other than the convenient shape, bottle gourd comes with a whole heap of nutritional benefits that can be found at the last link. My favourite being that it holds 12 calories per 100 grams!
So, onto the spaghetti.
• 1 large Bottle Gourd
• 2 large Carrots
• 2-3 tbsp olive oil
Use a julienne tool to ‘shave’ strips of the gourd and carrots. Try to go for long steady swipes, leaving you with evenly-sized spaghetti-looking strips.
Once everything is julienned, store in a container and prep a fine strainer over a bowl.
Preheat a wok or large frying pan to med-high, drop the olive oil in, and dump the julienned veggies in.
The mixture should start to sizzle and ‘sweat’. Stir the ‘spaghetti’ constantly for approximately 4 minutes, until the mixture starts to get the texture of al dente spaghetti.
Once done, place the cooked mixture into a strainer, over a bowl, allowing any excess moisture to drip out.
Voila! Fake Spaghetti!
This is a version of fake spaghetti putanesca. Full recipe to come!