Thursday, 12 June 2014

Zucchini Thogayal

Chutney recipes are very common in South Indian homes. Zucchini is a versatile veggie that can be easily used in Indian cooking. I make sambar, kootu and curry with zucchini. This time I wanted to try making chutney and the result was amazing. You can eat this chutney with dosa, adai or idli or with a bowl of hot rice and ghee.The following measurements make a rather mild chutney so increase the chillies if you want it spicier. The good thing it can be easily adapted to Indian recipes with ease. Since it does not have a strong taste it adapts nicely to most recipes.

Prep time: 10 mins |Cook time: 15 mins|Serves: 3 persons
Cuisine :Indian




1. Chop the zucchini into medium sized cubes. No need to peel the skin. Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan. Add 2 tbsp. of dals and red chillies and saute on medium heat until the urad dal is golden brown.In the same pan saute the onions till they get translucent. Add in the tamarind and zucchini pieces and saute till it is cooked. Add grated coconut and stir for a few seconds.

2. Reduce the flame, add 1/4 cup water, pinch of salt, cover and cook till zucchini is tender and fully cooked.

3. In small mixer-grind the fried dal-red chillies, soaked tamarind and coconut to coarse paste.

4. To this add the cooled cooked zucchini, salt and scrape the sides of the mixer and grind to a paste. Remove this into a bowl. Serve with hot rice and Kootu!

Traditionally a lot more coconut is used, so you could use as much as your health consciousness permits.
Follow this tempering if you prefer.
(Heat 1-2 tsp oil in a tempering ladle or small kadai. Add pinch of asafoetida, mustard seeds, once they splutter, add curry leaves and urad dal. Wait for dal to turn golden and transfer the tempering over the thogayal.This dish is a great side for dosas too. Just add a little more water while you grind and temper with mustard seeds!)
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  1. Very healthy chutney. I used to do ridgegourd in same way.

    1. Yes Poorni.Almost all thogayals preparations are quite similar..The one thing we got to do is adjust the spice level and the tanginess.

  2. Healthy and inviting chutney !


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