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Zucchini Curry

 Published 2008-Sep-16   Updated 2018-Jan-19

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Zucchini Sabzi, Zucchini Kurma, Korma)

Zucchini Curry or the Indian style Zucchini sabzi is a tomato based semi gravy dish that is a very good combination with Indian roti varieties or even rice. People living abroad get this vegetable in plenty. Though many other dishes are made in other parts of the world, this Indian style curry is another great option to try. 

Zucchini is a vegetable that belongs to the squash family. It is quite similar to bottlegourd or pumpkin that is used commonly in India. Hence I tried this sabzi is the same way the other sabzis are made. The curry turned out to be delicious. Please gives this a try the next time you buy Zucchini.

Recipe for Zucchini Curry

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Zucchini - 2
  • Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Tomato - 2 (finely chopped or pureed)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Green Chillies - 2 (finely chopped)
  • Coriander-cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Red Chili powder - 1 tsp (or as needed)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cilantro - for garnish
  • Salt - as needed
  • Oil - 2 tbsp


  1. Chop the zucchini into big chunks.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and shallow fry the pieces. Keep it aside.
  3. Remove the zucchini pieces from the pan, add an additional tbsp of oil and splutter the mustard and cumin seeds.
  4. Saute the onions with the green chillies for 10 minutes until they turn nice golden brown.
  5. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  6. Add the tomato pieces/puree and let the mixture cook for at least 10 minutes until the tomatoes are pulpy.
  7. Add all the dry spice powders: chilly powder, coriander-cumin powder , turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt.
  8. Add the zucchini pieces and required water. Bring the gravy to a boil.
  9. Simmer the gravy till oil floats on top. Check for seasoning and adjust if needed.
  10. Finally, add finely chopped cilantro and switch off. Serve hot with any roti varieties or rice. 

Detailed Steps to make Zucchini Curry

Wash the zucchini, trim the edges and chop into big chunks.

Zucchini Curry Preparation Step

Heat some oil in a pan/ kadai and shallow fry the pieces until it turns golden brown. Remove and keep aside.

Zucchini Curry Preparation Step

Add an additional tbsp of oil and pop the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Saute the onions with the green chillies until the onions turn golden brown.

Zucchini Curry Preparation Step

Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. After that add the chopped tomato and let the mixture cook until the tomatoes become soft.

Zucchini Curry Preparation Step

Add all the dry spice powders: red chili powder, coriander-cumin powder , turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt.

Zucchini Curry Preparation Step

Add the zucchini pieces and required water. Bring the gravy to a boil.

Zucchini Curry Preparation Step

Simmer the gravy till oil floats on top. Check for seasoning and adjust if needed. Finally, add finely chopped cilantro and switch off. Serve hot with any roti varieties or rice. 


  • You can also roast 3 tblsp of grated coconut, make a fine paste of it and add to the gravy. This gives nice thickness and taste to the curry. (Here is Ivygourd curry made in a similar way.)
  • Another variation is to add 1/2 cup of coconut milk to the gravy at the end and just heat it through. I usually prefer these variations with coconut when I need some extra gravy to serve the curry with white rice. The coconut milk gives a creamy touch to the curry.

Serving Zucchini Curry

  • I served this curry with chapatti. It can also be served with pulka, naan or puri.
  • As I have mentioned in the 'Variation' section, I also like to use this curry with rice.

More Zucchini Recipes

Zuccini Sambar Zucchini Sambar Zuccini Dal Zucchini Dal Zucchini Cucumber Pachadi Zucchini Cucumber Pachadi Zuccini Chutney Zuccini Chutney
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Comments (45)

Person   ()
Yum! Made this today. Added coconut milk, as others had done. Added more spice to compensate for the coconut milk.
Person   ()
Thats good to hear. Enjoy!!
Person   ()
I made the dish and it was lovely. Just learning to cook.Thanks sister
Person   ()
Thanks for leaving your comments. Have a great day.
Person   ()
I tried this zucchini curry recipe and it came very well. So delicious...
Person   ()
Thats good to hear. Thank You.
Person   ()
Tasty recipe..thanks for sharing..
Addition of coconut made the gravy so yummy..!
Person   ()
Thank you. Enjoy!
Person   ()
Wonderful recipe. Super happy to be able to use up an abundance of zucchini in such a tasty way. I added some almond pulp at the end that my daughter has left over after making her almond milk and it was delish. Thanks so much for sharing with good easy step by step instructions. Definitely a winner!
Person   ()
Cool. Almond pulp is a great addition. Enjoy!!
Person   ()
A really lovely simple curry! Left out the chilli due to intolerances in my family :((( and it still tastes awesome! Thank you!
Person   ()
Great. Thanks for your comment.
Person   ()
How much water to use in the Zucchini Curry recipe?

Thanks, KM
Person   ()
You can add about 1.5 to 2 cups of water for the curry.
Person   ()
What about curry leaves?
Person   ()
Add it along with the onions, if desired.
Person   ()
This recipe was easy to make, and very authentic tasting. My whole family loved it, and said it rivaled our favorite indian restaurant's food. But just a word of warning, If you have never toasted seeds before, leave the cover on your pan when they start to warm. I had a seed that popped out of the frying pan, burning my eyelid.
Person   ()
Thank You.
You are right about toasting seeds. Cover the pan till the popping stops.
Person   ()
can i use kulumbu masala instead of garam?
Person   ()
Yes you can.. It will give a slightly different flavor.
Person   ()
Yes you can.. It will give a slightly different flavor.
Person   ()
Hi! I'm thinking about trying this recipe tomorrow. Can I use a tinned tomato instead of tomatoes and water? Also do you think lentil beans work as well? Thanks for your advice!
Person   ()
Sure you can use tinned tomato. You can also use lentil beans.
Person   ()
Great! I'm gonna try this tonight! Thank you so much, from Japan :)
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Person   ()
superb!it came out well
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Person   ()
Very good, thank you!
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Person   ()
The best curry recipe I have ever come across online!!! In my household my partner has mastered cooking curries so I was very pleased and proud how I managed to cook this one. Ingredients and spices work very well together and I definitely recommend adding coconut milk.
Person   ()
Thank You :-)
Person   ()
Wonderful recipe! Thank you for posting. I threw in some coconut milk at the end. This added yet another nice layer of flavor. I can't wait to try this with other vegetables.
Person   ()
Great... coconut milk adds a nice creamy texture... try it with other veggies too.
Person   ()
Thumbs up all around.
Person   ()
Thank You.
Person   ()
Just finished making this and it is so very yummy! Great if you are dieting.
Just one hiccup - "Corriander-cumin powder - 1 tsp" I didn't know if this meant 1/2 tsp of each, 1 tsp of each, or pick one and use 1 tsp?

Next time I am going to try it with coconut milk!
Person   ()
Thank You. You can find corriander cumin powder in indian grocery stores.. It is just 1/2 tsp of each. Try it with coconut milk for a creamier sauce. If you like a tangy sauce, add some beaten plain yogurt to the gravy. Yummy!!
Person   ()
hii..first time here..tried dis recipe yesterday..came out Yummm..thnx !!
Person   ()
Do try other recipes too and give ur comments.
Person   ()
thank you. it turned out nice and simple.
Person   ()
nice to know that..
Person   ()
this is the first time I am writing a comment...I tried this recipe and it came out super..........My hubby loved this.I will make it again....Thank u so much for this recipe....
Person   ()
Thats great.. Try out more new recipes...
Person   ()
looks great can't wait to try it
Person   ()
Do try it Juju.

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Comment by Drew A
    This is fantastic. Easy to put together and tastes great. A Winner!
Reply :-
    Thank You.

Comment by Prathima D
    I have tried many recipes with Zucchini but nothing tasted as good as this. Previously I have done Dal and my husband completely disliked, as much as never wanting to eat Zucchini again. But I prepared this recipe yesterday and he didnt even have a clue it was made with Zucchini :)

Never knew that such a wonderful Indian curry can be prepared with this vegetable. Thank you for sharing it!!

I am having the curry with rice for lunch now and enjoying each and every spoonful of it :) its just yummmm

Reply :-
    Thank you so much. I'm glad both you and your hubby enjoyed it.

Comment by Daniela L
    Third time I tried this recipe, this time it does look like the picture, I decided to put all the mix in the blender, put it back on the pan and added the zucchini. Feels less chunkier and super delicious. Thanks!
Reply :-
    That's a great idea. Cooking is all about creativity and personal choice.

Comment by kayla schwarz
     Hi, how many servings does this typically make?
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Comment by T R Black
    Very tasty. I followed your recipe exactly, where possible. I used this dish over basmati rice as an accompaniment to a whole Tandoori chicken baked in my clay pot.
    However, I have no idea what you mean by "shallow fry." I grilled the zucchini, basted with olive oil. You call out every ingredient, yet you don't specify the amount of water or why any should be added (mine didn't need any). I like the idea of adding coconut, but you don't specify the type (like shredded unsweetened) or mention how to fry it or how to create a paste (more ingredients?). Remember the name of the site: Simple Indian...can be made even by first timers. You must supply all details and assume nothing.
    Finally, mine came out far redder than your picture. The only element that would turn it orange like your photo would be a lot more turmeric than specified.
    I would appreciate any insights into these quandaries.
Reply :-
    Hi Black, Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. I'm glad you liked the recipe.
    By "shallow fry", I meant pan frying. Grilling is an excellent choice too.  About the quantity of water, I generally dont specify an exact measurement for gravies. Indian curries are very versatile. Some people like a thinner gravy while others may like it thicker. Some people prefer to make a thinner gravy to go with rice and a thicker gravy to go with bread varieties.  It's purely personal choice. That's the reason I have mentioned as "required " water.
    Regarding coconut, you can find grated coconut in the frozen section of any Asian or Indian stores. You can also use shredded unsweetened coconut. Just dry roast it on a low flame till it turns golden brown. Make a fine paste of it with some water in a blender or indian mixie and add to the gravy. The gives a rich brown color to the gravy.
    About the gravy color, some chilly powders are bright red (eg: kashmiri chili powder) whereas others are orangish. The colour of the final curry depends on the type and brand of chilly powder used. Whatever you use, the taste is going to be the same.
    Please do ask if you have any more doubts.

Comment by ani sri
    wat is cumin...for where v can get it.....
Reply :-
    Cumin is Jeera.

Comment by Prige Gunashekar
    What can we eat with yellowsquash curry and zucchini curry
Reply :-
    You can have it with rice, chappatti or dosa.

Comment by Tobias @T and Tea CakeHi
    Great recipe! All those spices give it such a complex, warm flavour!
I referred to it in my post about zucchini:

Reply :-
    Thank you Tobias. Thanks for referring in your blog. You have a good collection of recipes in your blog and I must say you are a good photographer.

Comment by Mamta Mithal
    So simple and tasty! I revised the recipe a bit by adding a bunch of baby squashes (zucchini, patty pans and baby gem squashes). My hubbie who is not a squash fan at all thoroughly loved this! Thank you very much! Trying the Cauliflower curry this evening and cant wait!
Reply :-
    Thats great!!! Waiting for your comments of cauliflower curry too.

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