I first got the idea to make this dish when I was with my dad at a farmer’s market in Chicago. I found these beautiful sunburst squash and I just had to use them. I told dad that I would make scallops and squash for our dinner. Dad told me that he doesn’t like scallops, but he was excited about the squash because it was so fresh and reminded him of an Indian squash called Tinda. Tinda is also called “Indian Baby Pumpkin.” I told him that I would season the scallops with Indian spices and cook them just right so that he would like them.
Dad was willing to try it, so here is the recipe. He loved it, by the way, and now has become a scallops fan.
- a dozen large scallops
- 6 small squash (you can used any small squash that is just a bit bigger than the scallops in diameter.) Here I have used patty pan squash.
- 3 Tbsp Indian Spice Mix. The Ingredients for the spice mix are shown in the small bowls. For full list of ingredients and how to make the spice mix click on the link provided.
- Grape seed oil to drizzle over the scallops and squash.
- 2 pats of butter for cooking the scallops.
- Freshly ground pink Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste. My dad likes a lot of black pepper.
- Pat dry the scallops. If there is a little piece of adductor muscle attachment on the scallop remove it. It is called the foot of the scallop. It peels off easily. It is the tough tendon that attaches the scallop to its shell. Please remove it because it is not edible.
- Sprinkle on 1 Tbsp of Indian Spice Mix. Drizzle on enough grape seed oil to coat. Toss gently until well coated. Do not add salt until right before cooking. Place in the fridge, uncovered, while you prep the squash.
- Cut the ends off of each squash. Then cut in half. You should have pieces of squash that are one inch thick. Again sprinkle on the Indian Spice Mix. Also add salt and pepper and coat with grape seed oil. Let sit for 30 minutes before cooking.
- Start the squash first. Coat a large skillet with a Tbsp of grape seed oil. Place on medium-high heat. When oil is hot place the squash slices in a single layer. Cook until golden brown on first side and flip. While the second side is cooking, start the scallops. The second side should cook for 3 minutes. At the end of 3 minutes turn off the heat.
- Place two pats of butter in a non-stick skillet. Place on medium-high heat. While the butter comes up to a foam, season the scallops with salt and pepper. When you see the butter foaming, placed the scallops in the skillet. It will take two to three minutes to develop a dark crust. Once the crust has formed, flip the scallops over and take them off the heat. Wait 2 minutes for the carry over heat to cook the scallops through.
Above is a photo of my plating when I enjoyed this dish with my dad. He likes red wine, so we served this with a Shiraz. Shiraz is the original wine grape from the Middle East. It goes very well with any spicy food. In my opinion, it goes very well with Indian food.
When I recreated this dish at home, I came up with fancier plating.
I served it as a first course for a dinner party. Each piece of squash is topped with a scallop and then garnished with a dot of home made mint chutney and a mint leaf. I will post the recipe for the mint chutney in the future.
Hope you like it. My dad loved it 😊💕
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