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Zucchini Chutney

- submitted by Dahlia on 01-24-2008

(Zucchini Pachadi, Zucchini Thuvayal, Zucchini Chammandhi)


Zucchini - 1 (washed, peeled and cubed)
Green Chillies - 3 (chopped)
Tamarind pulp - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 2 tblsp
Coconut (grated) - 2 tblsp (optional)
Garlic - 1 clove
Asaefoetida - a pinch
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cilantro - handful
Curry leaves - 4
Red chilly - 1
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tblsp


1. Heat little oil in a pan, roast the urad dal and grated coconut till a nice aroma 
come. Keep it aside.
2. Next add zucchini pieces and green chillies to the same pan and fry till it becomes tender.
3. Add the garlic, tamarind, Asaefoetida, cumin seeds and cilantro and saute for few minutes.
4. Gind all the above ingrediants along with the roasted dal and grated coconut in a blender. Grind it to a fine paste with little water.
5. Heat oil in a pan, splutter the mustard seeds, curry leaves and dry red chilly.
6. Add it to the ground mixture. Serve with plain white rice or idlis.

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Comment by Akhila Narayanan on 26 November 2009 00:04AM
           Zucchini is called as seemai surakai in tamil....i saw in google online english-tamil dictionary....
Reply :-
         Thanks a lot Akhila for taking the time to post the tamil name. Appreciate it!!!

Comment by sathya swaroop on 17 November 2009 17:32PM
           Zucchini is " cheemai churaikai".-sathya
Reply :-
         Thanks Sathya!! This will be helpful for many.

Comment by Saryn Modderman on 03 September 2009 22:12PM
         i live in canada and haven't been able to find tamarind. is there a substitute? molasses maybe?
Reply :-
          Hi Saryn, Tamarind add a tang to the chutney. You can add some lemon juice at the end instead.

What is Zuchini
                        - by Divya on Mon 3/31/08 3:42 AM

            Hi Dahlia, I would like to know whar zuchini is called in tamil?? Also i tried your chicken biriyani,it came out really well..Thanks for azn amazing recipe!! 
Reply :-
             i honestly do not know the tamil name of zucchini. but it is similar to cucumber and comes under the summer squash family. check this link for more information on zucchini
             in india, this vegetable comes occasionally in big supermarkets. if you are not able to find zucchini, you can substitute it with bottlegaurd(sorakai) or cucumber in curries. but for chutney i dont think that will work. good to hear that you tried chicken biriyani.

 Published by on 2012-Feb-18 and last updated on 2013-Nov-13.