Cook's Hideout: Zucchini Masala Curry

February 18, 2015

Zucchini Masala Curry

Blogging Marathon# 49: Week 3/ Day 2
Theme: One Vegetable - 3 Dishes
Dish: Gravy Curry -- Zucchini Masala Curry
After yesterday's dry curry with zucchini, today I have a gravy curry that goes really well with rotis and even rice. I remember the first time I tried making this gravy curry for rotis couple of years ago. I didn't have any other vegetable in the fridge except for some zucchini and I had to make something to serve along with rotis. So I made this curry with tomato puree and almond butter and it came out creamy and delicious. It has become one of my favorite go-to roti side dish or even rice and has been on the rotation ever since.
Zucchini Masala Curry
I have tried few different ways to thicken the curry and make it creamy: I either add almond butter (or soaked and ground almonds or cashews) or some thick coconut milk. Apart from these vegan options, I have also used heavy cream or some whole milk or yogurt. So the options are endless to make this dish.

Zucchini Masala Curry
I usually keep the spices simple and use only garam masala and red chili powder, but you can amp up the spiciness with some ground cumin and coriander powders. I've occasionally added Kitchen King masala as well.
Zucchini is a blank canvas and is adaptable to just about any additions. To add some protein to the dish, green peas, cooked chickpeas, paneer or tofu can be added.
Zucchini Masala Curry
IngredientsServes 2~3
Zucchini - 2 medium, chopped
Green Peas - ½cup
Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
Tomato puree - ¼cup (or use 2 medium ripe plum tomatoes)
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Ginger-garlic paste - 1tsp
Turmeric - ¼tsp
Red Chili powder - ½~1tsp (adjust according to taste)
Almonds - 2tbsp, soaked for 30 minutes and ground to paste (or use 1tbsp almond butter)
Garam Masala - ½tsp
Salt - to taste
Cilantro - 2tbsp, finely chopped

  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a saute pan; add cumin seeds and once the seeds start to splutter, add the onions and ginger-garlic paste. Cook till onions start turning golden, about 4~5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped zucchini, cover and cook till they are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the green peas, tomato puree, turmeric, red chili powder and salt. Mix well and cook for 2~3 minutes.
  • Next add the almond paste (or almond butter) and enough water to get to desired consistency. Simmer for 3~4 minutes. Finally add the garam masala and cook for 1 more minute. 
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with rotis or rice.
Zucchini Masala Curry
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 49


  1. Looks so inviting Pavani, using this vegetable in our indian way is a nice twist!

  2. Sounds delicious. I would have never thought of adding almonds or cashews. Bookmarked.

  3. wow nice curry with zucchini...

    Anu @ RasA-svAda

  4. Curry looks fabulous and super rich, such a beautiful dish with zucchini.

  5. Adding almond paste sounds very good in this curry.

  6. If I hadn't seen the title, I'd have thought this was tinda masala! A very interesting way of using an exotic vegetable (at least in India!) with Indian flavors. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. A very interesting recipe, must try it.

  8. I also make zucchini like this except almond butter.Looks tempting..

  9. Looks delicious pavani, i always use whole milk to thicken curries, sometimes oatmeal mixed with water or milk.


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