Zucchini Kottu

Today is the final day in Journey through Tamil Cuisine in A-Z series in mega BM and the letter is Z.Usually I end up the mega marathon with a sweet note,as Z is one of the toughest letter to find a Tamil recipe I made a simple kootu with Zucchini.Since zucchini belongs to the squash family,I made the kootu the way we make soraikkai/squash.
As zucchini cooks very fast,it takes few minutes to cook.Here I used the cooked channa dhal,but any type of dhal can be used.
Kootu can be mixed along with rice as well as can be an accompaniment for a spicy and tangy kuzhambu varieties.I paired up with the ennai kathirikkai kuzhambu,lets move on to the recipe...........

                                                                                 Zucchini Kootu

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
   Serves ~ 3


2 (chopped)
Channa dhal/kadala paruppu
3 tbs
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
a pinch
3/4 tsp
1 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai few leaves

   To grind to a fine paste

Dried red chilly/varmilagai
Green chilly/Pachamilagai
2 tbs
Cumin seeds/jeergam
1 tsp

   For the tempering
Mustard seeds/kadugu
1/2 tsp
Urad dhal/uluthamparuppu
1 tsp
a pinch
Dried red chilly/varamilagai


  • Cook the channa dhal in a pressure cooker for 2-3 whistles.It should not turn mushy but needs to cook until soft.Grind the given ingredients to a fine paste and keep it aside.
  • Peel the skin if needed for the zucchini and chop it.Keep a pan on the stove and add the chopped zucchini and to this add 1/4 cup of water.Add the salt and turmeric powder to it.Cook it covered for 3 - 4 minutes or until 3/4th cooked.Now add the cooked channa dhal and mix it well.
  • Add the ground paste and let it cook for 3 minutes or till the raw smell disappears.Do the tempering in a pan and add it to the kootu and mix it well.Put off the flame.
  • Serve it with white rice and kuzhambu

    • As zucchini cooks very fast it may turn mushy,so keep an eye while cooking.
    • Instead green chilly,2 red chillies can be used in the coconut paste.


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    Kootu sounds delicious and loved all your Tamil dishes and clicks this marathon.

    Wonderful way to use this vegetable in Kottu, presentation rocks. I thoroughly enjoyed your collection of Tamil recipes Nalini and you made it even more exciting with your beautiful presentation!..Great job.

    Same pinch Nalini ! I too made zucchini kootu but in a diff way .. Ur presentation is so tempting :))

    Fantastic kootu, lipsmacking dish definitely, and those bowls looks fabulous Nalini, lovely dish to finish this marathon. All your dishes rocked and you done a beautiful job.

    Simple snd delicious kootu. As usually, loved your photos and traditional recipes you posted for the BM.

    wow very nice. Love that serveware.

    Yummy looking zucchini kootu. Love your version, bookmarked to try soon.

    Love this flavorful and simple kootu. Superb clicks and a mouth watering collection.

    Such a flavorful and delicious looking kootu.Loved your all recipes in this marathon.

    Such a wonderful looking and flavorful kootu you have shared. Awesome!

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