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
Do visit her space for nice recipes and reviews.  You can see this recipe on her site too at http://foodssrilanka.blogspot.sg/2013/08/featured-guest-post-zucchini-poriyal.html

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