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Zucchini Chutney

 Published 2008-Jan-24   Updated 2019-Dec-10

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Zucchini Pachadi, Zucchini Thuvayal, Zucchini Chammandhi)

Chutney is an iportant part of Indian cuisine. It is served with breakfast, snacks, roti and rice. There are many varieties of chutney made with different vegetables, fruits and nuts. One such type of chutney that I make is this Zucchini Chutney.

Zucchini is a watery vegetable belonging to the squash family. I came across this vegetable in US farmers market. When I asked one of my Andhra fried, she recommended trying this chutney. From my American church friends i came to know that Zucchini can be eaten raw. So I gave this a try. This is the first dish that I tried with Zucchini. After that I made several curries with it and all of them were quite successful. Zucchini blends well with Indian spices. It can be used in any recipe as a substitute for bottlegourd (lauki) or pumpkin. Nowadays Zucchini is available easily in India. So do give this a try.

Video Instructions for making Zucchini Chutney

Recipe For Zucchini Chutney

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Zucchini - 1 (about 250 gms, washed, peeled and cubed)
  • Green Chilies - 3 (chopped)
  • Tamarind pulp - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tbsp
  • Coconut (grated) - 2 tbsp (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 tbsp

Zucchini chutney preparation step


  1. Heat little oil in a pan, roast the urad dal and grated coconut till a nice aroma comes. Then, keep it aside.
  2. Next add zucchini pieces and green chilies to the same pan and fry till it becomes tender.
  3. Add the garlic, tamarind, asafoetida, cumin seeds and cilantro and saute for few minutes.
  4. Grind all the above ingredients 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. Zucchini chutney is ready to be served.

Detailed Steps to make Zucchini Chutney

Heat oil in a pan, roast urad dal and grated coconut till it turns golden brown. Remove it on a plate.

Zucchini chutney preparation step

Next add zucchini pieces and green chilies to the same pan. Fry till it becomes tender.

Zucchini chutney preparation step

Add garlic cloves, tamarind piece, asafoetida, cumin seeds and cilantro. Saute for few minutes.

Zucchini chutney preparation step

Grind all the above ingredients along with the roasted dal and grated coconut. Add water as needed.

Heat oil in another small pan, splutter the mustard seeds, curry leaves and dry red chili. Add it to the ground chutney. Zucchini chutney is ready to be served.

Serving Zucchini Chutney

  • Serve the zucchini chutney with plain white rice, dosa or idlis.

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Comments (2)

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Can you can this, or would it get overcooked through the canning process?
Person   ()
I have never tried canning. Sorry, I am not able to give any tips.

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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.

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

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