September 9, 2014

[VeganMoFo 2014] Zero Oil Zucchini Curry Recipe

I wriggle my nose whenever I hear the word 'Zero Oil' for a recipe, probably because of my many previously failed kitchen experiments. An Indian curry dish without oil (or any kind of fat) seemed incomprehensible until I tried today's version by my fellow blogging pal, published in GoodFood India (August 2013). I was meaning to try it since last year and the opportunity finally arrived last week. The freshly ground spice powder forms a lovely curry base and compliment very well with a subtle vegetable like Zucchini. I am sure when substituted with any other firm veggie like potato or squash it will give out equally good results. If you'd like to a taste of good curry without any guilt of excess oil floating on the top, then there is no better recipe than this!. 

Recipe Image from August 2013 GoodFood India Magazine

Zero Oil Zucchini Curry Recipe

Serves 2-3


zucchini 2 medium cut into cubes
water 3/4 cup
turmeric powder a pinch
asafoetida (hing) a pinch
salt 1 tsp + extra to taste
coriander leaves to garnish

For the Masala:

red chillies 2, broken into small pieces
white sesame seeds 1 tbsp
toor dal 1 tbsp
coriander seeds 1 tsp (I used coriander powder)
cumin (or fennel) seeds 1 tsp
unsalted peanuts 1/4 cup, roasted


On low flame, dry roast all the masala ingredients together, except for roasted peanuts. Once the toor dal turns golden, remove from heat. Cool and grind along with the peanuts into a fine powder. Set aside.

Cut zucchini into cubes. 

In a pan, bring to boil 3/4 cup water along with turmeric, asafoetida and salt. Add zucchini and boil for 4-5 minutes until the pieces are soft but retain their shape. Do not drain the water left in the pan. 

Add the powdered masala to the cooked zucchini pices. On a low flame, mix everything together and add little water if necessary. Season well and garnish with coriander. 

Serve with rice, dosas or any rotis


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  1. thank you for such a healthy recipe !!

  2. Made this tonight and everyone said it tasted great. Thanks so much!

  3. Wow, zero oil zucchini curry, I would love to try. Actually zucchini is already in my fridge, let me try today.
    I will come back again to give you the feed back.

  4. I made this zucchini subzi for dinner, it was amazingly good, we all ate with roti and my daughter enjoyed with rice.


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