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BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 

Week 4: Kerala Cuisine 

Day 25: Z for Zucchini Thoran

It is the last and final day of this month’s mega marathon and time sure flew right by. For letter Z, I knew I had to make something with Zucchini, but it took me a while to finalize on what to make.

After discussing with Rajani about the possible zucchini dishes to make, I finally made this zucchini thoran from Kitchen Mishmash. Thoran is a very simple and basic Kerala dry curry that can be made with just about any fresh vegetable. I make cabbage thoran quite often, so I tried making zucchini thoran this time.

Zucchini being a water vegetable cooks in less than 10 minutes. Also it gets very mushy if overcooked, so better to cook it until just tender. So this is a quick and easy thoran that can be whipped up in no time. Tastes yummy when served with rice and dal.

Recipe adapted from Kitchen Mishmash:

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Zucchini Thoran Yum
Zucchini Thoran -- Simple Kerala style Zucchini stir fry with coconut & garlic.
Zucchini Thoran
Course side dish
Cuisine kerala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Zucchini Medium , chopped
  • ¼ cup Coconut Grated
  • 1 Onion Small , chopped
  • 2 ~ 3 Chilies Green , chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic , minced
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tsps Coconut Oil
  • ½ tsp seeds Mustad
  • ½ tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 ~ 2 Chilies Dry Red
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • To taste Salt
Course side dish
Cuisine kerala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Zucchini Medium , chopped
  • ¼ cup Coconut Grated
  • 1 Onion Small , chopped
  • 2 ~ 3 Chilies Green , chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic , minced
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tsps Coconut Oil
  • ½ tsp seeds Mustad
  • ½ tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 ~ 2 Chilies Dry Red
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • To taste Salt
Zucchini Thoran
Instructions
  1. Blend coconut, onion, green chilies, garlic and cumin into a coarse paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and urad dal; once the seeds start to splutter, add the zucchini and turmeric. Cover and cook till zucchini is fork tender, about 6~8 minutes.
  3. Add the ground coconut paste, mix well and cook till it doesn't smell raw anymore, about 3~4 minutes. Season with salt and turn off the heat. Serve warm with steamed rice and dal.
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12 thoughts on “Zucchini Thoran (Kerala Style Zucchini stir fry)”

  1. Zucchini cooks very fast and I don’t like mushy zucchini. Thoran is a nice idea. Will try this next time I cook with zucchini.

  2. Pavani, what a lovely thoran you got. Zucchini is the star today! and loved all the different versions that came up. I enjoyed your journey through the cuisines, each week with different cuisines. Awesome job there!

  3. The curry sounds delicious with simple flavors. Loved all your dishes this marathon, from the four corners of the country.

  4. Thoran with zucchini looks prefect to relish with a bowl of curd rice, fantastic pick for Z. Pavani, you simply rocked with your 26dishes, enjoyed thoroughly all your virtual treats.

  5. Loved your 4 states series Pavani and not to forgot your breathtaking pictures.Zucchini is the hero for the day and your thoran looks so comforting.

  6. So many zucchini dishes today. 🙂 Same pinch. I did zucchini too. Love the thoran with zucchini. yum

  7. Zucchini is the star today!! Lovely thoran and loved all your dishes from all over India.

  8. Another zuccini recipe !…wow…I am loving all these delicious innovations . It has been truly a beautiful marathon and I have enjoyed reading your posts.

  9. Zucchini seems to be Z hero! Lovely share to finish the journey through the four corners of India. Great pics too!

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