Zucchini besan sabji, a dry vegetable Indian recipe with zucchini and besan or gram flour.
Confession: for the longest time, I thought zucchini was another type of cucumber that’s only used in raita and salads. I didn’t even know the Indian name for zucchini having never seen this vegetable in Kerala or even Hyderabad.
It seems zucchini is actually a fruit, not a vegetable, and is closely related to ridge gourd, a popular vegetable in India.
Anyway, I wanted try an Indian recipe with Zucchini and went with the easiest option – a quick and simple sabji with besan. Also check out Indian potato fry (no onion, no garlic), yam fry, and sesame tofu recipe.
This is a no-onion no-garlic, Jain friendly recipe.
Zucchini Besan Sabji
- 2 zucchini peeled, washed and cut into small cubes (about 3 cups)
- 3 tbsp of besan / Bengal gram flour
- 1 tsp of red chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
- 1/8 tsp of hing / asafoetida
- 1 tsp of rice flour optional
- Salt to taste
- 1-2 tbsp of oil
- 1 tsp of cumin seeds / jeera
- 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds
- A few curry leaves
- Add the besan, salt, chilli powder, turmeric, rice flour (if using), and hing to the cubed zucchini.
- Mix well with fingertips until the zucchini pieces are well coated in the mixture. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin.
- When the mustard pops and the cumin sizzles, add the curry leaves and the zucchini mixture.
- Mix well until the zucchini pieces are coated in oil.
- Cook on low flame, stirring occasionally, until the pieces are cooked soft. Add salt.
- If you don't peel the zucchini, the pieces will hold their shape and will be firmer, so it's up to you how you want it to turn out.
- Serve hot.
Serve zucchini beasan sabji hot with steamed rice or chapatis.
Do you have any favourite Indian zucchini recipes? Do share in the comment box below!
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A quick question. I plan on making this tonight. the 1 tspn of chile powder – is that what I know as an american as chile powder or should it be crushed red chiles? Thank you in advance! I look forward to trying it after reading all the greta reviews.
Crushed red chillies are a good substitute for Indian chilli powder 🙂
Thank you.sabji came out well
Awesome recipe! Tried this with zucchini earlier and with broccoli today. It turned out great both times. Thanks much for sharing this 🙂
lovely idea to try this with broccoli. I have tried the same with capsicum, actually. that turns out really nice too 🙂