I gave this unusual recipe a try with ingredients I had on hand (substituting pork cutlets instead of tenderloin, one large zucchini instead of the small ones and dried figs in place of the fresh ones, which I rehydrated by adding to the onions simmering in water). Unlike Melanie D, I didn't mind the cardamon and would suggest using the green pods. For a quick dinner, it was not bad served on basmati rice, but as written, this recipe is not a show stopper. The sauce would probably benefit from a bit of cornstarch added to the liquid at the end to thicken the sauce, and it would be pretty served with fresh tomato.
This was a disappointment. I paid $5 for the tiny baby zucchini and another $5 for the fresh figs. Add the pork to that and this was quite an expensive meal, so I hoped for something equally delicious. It was not. Neither me nor my husband liked it. I think I would omit the cardamom - it gave it a very antiseptic taste. I would not make it again.