Courgettes are economical and abundantly available. A quick stir in the wok and this easy side vegetable dish can be prepared in minutes, or it can be a delicious vegetarian treat. Here I add fresh chillies to give them a lift. These vegetables can be watery depending on size; I recommend the smaller ones.
Diagonally slice the courgettes into
Heat a wok or large frying-pan over a high heat until it is hot. Add the oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the garlic, ginger, spring onions and chillies and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Then add the courgettes, salt, pepper and sugar and stir for another 30 seconds until they are well coated with the spices and flavourings. Add the water and continue to stir-fry over a high heat for 5 minutes until most of the water has evaporated and the courgettes are cooked. At this point, add the sesame oil, transfer to a warm dish and serve immediately.
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