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Zucchini Masala Poriyal - Guest post for Food Corner (Foodssrilanka)

I wanted to try Some Indian type masala poriyal with zucchini. These days I do buy almost every week. I started using zucchini in my cooking only recently. As this is some new vegetable that I got introduced after coming to Singapore (After marriage only). Initial periods I was not sure what to do with it. When My sister visited me few years (almost decade ago) she told me it tastes good you can make almost every Indian dish with it. This masala poriyal tasted extremely good. Amila from foodssrilanka given me opportunity to do the guest post. Amila has been my constant support. She is one of other great friend I got thro' blogging! When She initally annouced featured guest blogger @food corner I sent an email to her with my article. She accepted immediately
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Zucchini - 1.5 (medium size) Slice into 1/4 inch thin slice 
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1 teaspoon
Oil - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon

For Masala

Dry Red chili - 4-5
Small onion-12-15 (slice it thinly)
Garlic - 10 pods (slice it thinly)
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Coriander seeds - 1 teaspoon
Coconut - 2 tablespoon
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece (slice it thinly)
Tamarind - 1 teaspoon thick paste
Salt per taste
Oil - 2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 10-15


Prepare the masala first. Heat the kada and add 2 teaspoon of oil. Fry all the ingredients under masala section one by one starting from small onion, Garlic, Red chili, Ginger, Cumin seeds, coriander seeds and coconut. Switch it off and add curry leaves. Mix well. Let it cool down. Grind it to nice paste with little water, Tamarind paste and salt
Heat the kada and add another teaspoon of oil. When it is hot add mustard seeds and when it start to pop add urad dhal. Fry till dhal is brown in color. Add zucchini, Turmeric powder and fry for 3 mins. Now add grinded paste and salt and mix well. Fry till zucchini cooked and moisture in masala is absorbed
Serve with rice / roti

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  1. delicious twist and yummy dish.

  2. Very tasty and moreish. Would be fantastic served with some Indian flatbreads.

  3. really tempting.......Good one.....

  4. love the idea of cooking zucchini in Indian way..looks so good...

  5. very very lovely Veena, simply delicious and a perfect sidedish...

  6. bookmarked sounds delicious

  7. So many zucchini recipes..i think u r in love with this veggie. Poriyal looks yumm and love the way u prepared it. Would loveto try.

  8. very different and delicious masala poriyal :) :)

  9. I have started using zucchini very recently and am always looking out for recipes...this is good one..will try

  10. Lovely idea, never cooked zucchini, but like it in pizza

  11. lovely masala..i was looking for zucchini poriyal or kootu recipe for long time and now i got it..thanks..

  12. Mm, what a lovely dish! I only need to get a few more ingredients, then I'm good to go!

  13. yummly...a wonderful masala side dish ...

  14. Tempting recipe.. Love the way zucchini makes its entry to Indian dishes :)

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