Thursday, June 11, 2009

Zucchini Kootu

Zucchini is a squash, I never heard of... My sis in law used to make kootu with it. It tasted so good. I asked her about the veggie, she said its zucchini... I bought it next time when i went for grocery... kootu was awesome..


If u r like me...first time hearing abt zucchini... Introducing zucchini to every one...

A popular summer squash, ranging in color from dark to light green with a bit of mottling. The flesh is white with a light and delicate flavor. Zucchini is cylindrical but irregular, and is often 4 to 8 inches in length, but can be found very small or homegrown at lengths up to 2 feet and 6 inches in diameter. Many explorers who came to the Americas brought back what they considered strange foods. The zucchini eventually found its way to Italy where it was named zucchino. Inhabitants of Central and South America have been eating zucchini for several thousand years, but the zucchini we know today is a variety of summer squash developed in Italy. The word zucchini comes from the Italian zucchino, meaning a small squash. The term squash comes from the Indian skutasquash meaning "green thing eaten green." Christopher Columbus originally brought seeds to the Mediterranean region and Africa. The French term for zucchini is courgette, often used interchangeably for yellow squash as well. Although the term summer squash can mean a variety of different squashes depending on whom you are speaking with, you can pretty much use the different summer squash varieties interchangeably. The English also refer to a variety that is slightly larger and plumper as marrow. plural: zucchinis
Ingredient
Season: April - August
How to select: Smaller zucchini will be younger and more tender. Select skins free of blemishes and with a bright color. ( source)


Nutrition in Zucchini
Zucchini has vitamins and minerals in abundance. Low in calories, and cholesterol free zucchini is high in folates, potassium and vitamin A with lesser amounts of the B vitamins, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and copper. With all that nutrition, zucchini gifts us further by being low in calories.


How to make this kootu....


Ingredients:

2 Zucchinis
1 cup toor dal
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Paste:

2 tbsp shredded coconut
1 tsp cumin seeds
5 green chillies

Seasoning:

1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
Asofeotida/ hing
curry leaves

Preparation:

In a pressure cooker, add toor dal, zucchini pieces, turmeric powder and 2 cups of water. Cover and cook for 2 whistle. Remove from heat. let it cool.

Meanwhile, make a paste of the ingredients mentioned with little water. Let it be a fine paste.

In a pan, do the seasoning. Add the ground paste. saute for a minute. Add the cooked dal and zucchini. Mix thoroughly. Adjust salt. Let it cook till the raw smell of green chillies vanishes. Remove from heat, garnish with coriander leaves.


Serve hot with chappathi/ Rice...

17 comments:

Pavithra

Wow thats really interesting recipe with zucchini... really temtping ..

Sailaja

looks yummy....

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine

Looks yummy & easy to cook.

Ashwini

Thanks Pavithra, Sailaja, a2z cuisine

Pooja

great way to add up the prroteins.. the goodness of the zucchini and dal combined make a healthy treat !

Poornima Nair

Yummy...simple n delicious.

Prathibha

Nice idea to use Zucchini in kootu..Perfect..

Chitra

zuchini is new to me too like u and got to know abt it from ur write up..But i've seen that veggie here so far..Will search for it..Kootu looks yumm!!

Happy cook

I love zucchini, neve rmade like this, beautiful colour.

Parita

new to me never made kootu using zucchini..looks creamy :)

Bergamot

Interesting variation of a South Indian dish. Like the thought though :-)

Kitchen Flavours

Oh wow.....looks yum...

Valarmathi

Looks yummy and delicious.

Gita

Hi Aswini...thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a very good blog...zucchini kootu is very new to me..looks delicious :)

Yasmeen

Lovely green color,looks yum with all the spices and coconut:)

Vaishali

The kootu looks delicious. Zucchini is one of my favorite summer vegetables: I also love how easy it is to grow.

Ashwini

Thanks for ur support.. i appreciate it!!!

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