Easy Zucchini Garlic Sabji

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Dear Husband’s perpetual complaint is that the vegetables here in the United States, especially Zucchini have a sweetish taste to them and accents even more when cooked. He complains that it tends to ruin the taste of the dish and tends to steer clear from that vegetable. I on the other hand love it; and also being the sweet toothed person can never understand what the plight is all about. I eat hot and spicy food too, but also like the sweetish taste the vegetables have to offer when cooked. 

“Oh no, look what happened, I mistook Zucchini for a cucumber and bought it again” I said. 

“Yeah right, you need to come up with a better story than that” he said 

Wonder why he doesn’t buy my cucumber theory anymore! J 

Speaking of which, the food blogosphere has been raining cats and dogs with awards and I am thankful to Vanamala of My Kitchen World and Seema of My Randap for passing this award to me.  


“Nice Matters Award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world.”

I would like to pass on this award to: Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen, Bhags  of Crazy Curry and  Kamini of  Bubbling-Cauldron.


2 medium Zucchini
4-5 garlic peeled pods
mustard seeds
Chilli powder


  • Dice the zucchini in half-moon shapes ( Actually any shape is fine as long as it is small)
  • Heat oil in a kadai and then add the mustard seeds. Once they splutter add garlic and fry until brown.
  • Add the diced zucchini and crank up the heat a bit. Add salt and fry for a bit.
  • Zucchini tends to leave lot of water while cooking, so no additional water is necessary to cook this.
  • When nearly cooked add turmeric and chilli powder. Adjust taste.

Serve hot with rice, rotis or phulkas.

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  1. Kalai says:

    That’s awesome, Red Chillies. I love that cucumber excuse! *laugh* This is a great and easy dish. A nice change up from my usual poriyal, too. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Seema says:

    Nice cucumber excuse!!! Zucchini ia a great veg, i too like it. Liked this simple & easy upkari.

  3. Laavanya says:

    Good excuse (while it worked of course) 🙂 I’ve never made zucchini like this but to make my husband eat, I tend to roast it along with other veggies like yellow squash, carrots, garlic, onion and bell peppers and serve that like a panini or toss with pasta.
    Must try this for myself though.

  4. redchillies says:

    Thanks Kalai 🙂 You know my trick don’t you ?

    Thanks so much Asha.

    Thanks Sunita. I did not know that they were called courgettes.

    Thanks Seema.

    Thanks Happy Cook.

    Thanks Laavanya. I am famous for making up excuses 🙂 Loved your idea of roasting.

  5. indosungod says:

    That is one quick dish with Zucchini. I am neutral where Zucchini is concerned but I tend to buy it a lot because it is readily available. I grill Zucchini with a just bit of salt and sambhar powder and for some reason that tastes better. try it on your DH 🙂

  6. Sig says:

    🙂 Lovely excuse for buying zucchinis… the dish looks great, but I am with your husband on this one… 🙂 I love them crispy…

  7. Aida Svensson says:

    Zucchini is one of my all-time favorite veggies! I wish I had some to cook up right now. I just cooked up a batch of zucchini muffins made with shredded zucchini and pineapple which are nearly all gone already LOL! I am a total newbie at gardening. In fact, I am just beginning my very first vegetable garden in years. A neighbor swears by Espoma Plant Food which is very reasonably priced online at
    http://www.homeandbeyond.com/index.html I have bought other gardening items from this website and have been quite happy. I need all the tools and help I can find! A day without zucchini is just bland!

  8. Kamini says:

    Hi there,
    I was casually goggling my blog name along with my own name to see what came up… and I was so pleasantly surprised to see that an award showed up. I am so sorry I have not acknowledged this earlier. Do forgive me and thanks a million for the award. Shall make sure I pass it on forward.

  9. Anu says:

    Hi Rc,

    Your zucchini sabji looks yummy!

    I have also been very curious about zucchini and ways to use it in our cooking. So I tried out a simple bhaji/sabji with it. It came out really well. Here’s the link to it. My Scrawls

    Please do take a look when you find time… would be happy to receive your comments 🙂

  10. Sammymuffin says:

    Just tried this recipe. A simple and tasty recipe. The browned garlic dissolves in the zucchini liquids to yield a savory gravy.

  11. Jen Das says:

    Thanks for this sabji! I liked its “bones” but I have a potato-loving hubby so I added cubed potatoes and a bit of chopped onion when I added the zucchini. Fried it up for a bit, covered it and then put it on low with a small amount of water. Also, sprinkled a small amount of sugar. It turned out wonderfully. And it was a pretty easy way to get more vegetables into the hubby.

  12. Jennifer Luxton Das says:

    Glad you didn’t mind my variation! As the wife of a Beng, the potato has to be over there always!

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