Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Moong dal with Zucchini

Zucchini, funny name isn't it:-). Not knowing what to do with this summer vegetable, i was reluctant to buy them. But my husband said that i could use them in stir-fry. Ofcourse it was good in stir-fry. Almost everyday we have roti's for dinner and so i get really confused what to make as side dish for roti's. Yesterday i thought of making dal for roti's and then suddenly it strike why can't i use this zucchini in my dal. Guess what, turned out to be delicious. Being calorie consicious i checked the nutritional information on zucchini. Zucchini is low in calories (19 calories/cup). It is low in fat and carbohydrates. One cup of zucchini is a significant source of vitamin C and adds vitamins and minerals when added to recipes. Also found that overcooking(adding too much water and heat)zucchini might destroy the vitamin C in the vegetable. Here is how i made the dal with zucchini.

Moong dal - 1 cup.
Zucchini - 2 nos diced.
onion - 1 medium
Tomato - 2 nos.
Green chillies - 3
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Corriander leaves to garnish

Pressure cook moong dal till soft, mash and set aside. Chop onion, tomatoes. Slit green chillies. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, turmeric powder. Add the chopped onion,green chillies and fry till transparent. Then add the tomatoes and fry till it gets mushy. Stir in zucchini and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add sambar powder, fry for a minute. Sprinkle some water over this and let it cook till the zucchini is half cooked. Do not add more water or overcook zucchini. Cook in medium heat. Add the cooked dal and mix well. Let it boil for another 4 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Chapathi or rice. Add a tsp of Ghee on top before serving for added touch.

Check out fellow bloggers zucchini dishes.

Zucchini Kurma from Mahanadi
Easy Potato-Zucchini Stir-Fry from Foodie's hope
Zucchini and Feenel fritata from WFLH


Sharmi said...

hi AV, I didnt read the dal recipe in Mahanandi but found it interesting here. I have never used zucchini before but think it might be good with dals.


Ashok Kumar said...

/my husband said that i could use them in stir-fry/

It seems your hubby is a big 'Saapaatu Raman' :-))

Richa said...

the dal looks so good! I love different kinds of dals, adding a veg to any dal is a very good idea.
thanks for the recipe

Lakshmik said...


The zucchini dal looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe. I usually make kootu or sambar with zucchini. Will try out this.

Aahaar Vihaar said...

hi Sharmi, Even i didn't think of it before, but it tasted good after making.

hi anna,
I am glad i could try all my recipes with him:-)).

Richa, Usually i make plain dals but tried this one with zucchini. Definitely we can add many other vegetables with dal.

Lakshmi, I haven't really made kootu or sambar with zucchini. Will sure give it a try. Thanks.

Asha said...

You know I came here on Friday,couldn't find any recipe!!
Now I just realized I have to scroll all the way to find it!:D

That dal looks yummy.I like how Zucchin tastes in Indians dals.:))

Aahaar Vihaar said...

Hi Asha,
Wonder why you were not able view my recipe on friday. Anyway, thanks for your comments.

Kajal said...

I am coming from richa's blog.
I like your blog name and recipe too. Great name "Aahaar Vihaar”.
First time to see your blog but like it.


Raji said...

dal is always heavenly
urs look yummy
btw if u dont mind
its hard to read yellow titles

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