I don't do very much Indian cooking since your dad does not care for it, but one night when he had a business dinner, your Ama B made her chicken & green apple curry. I wanted a veg to go with it, so I checked out Madhur Jaffrey's cookbook and found a recipe for eggplant. I stole the spices and added a few twists of my own and it turned out very well. You can eat this as a side dish or as a main course with rice. You'll have to season to taste as I did not measure anything.
4 servings as a side dish
1 tbl olive oil
3 zucchini or yellow squash or a mix of both, in large dice
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1/2 orange bell pepper, in large dice
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 medium fresh tomatoes, in large dice
fennel or anise seed
salt & pepper
fresh hot chile, chopped fine
Saute squash, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add generous sprinkle of cumin, coriander, turmeric, and fennel seed, salt & pepper. Add tomato and continue to saute. Add a 1/4 c water and continue cooking til tender. Taste & correct seasonings. Serve with fresh coriander, chile, and fresh lime juice over rice.