Zucchini Dal Recipe
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Zucchini Kootu Recipe – Zucchini Dal

Zucchini Kootu or Zucchini Dal makes a comforting side dish with rice or flat breads.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Author: Radhika


  • Zucchini - 1 cup chopped
  • Yellow Moong dal – 1 cup
  • Fresh grated coconut - 1/4 cup packed
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Green chilies – 3 to 4
  • Sambar powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Mustards seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste


  • Wash and soak the moong dal in 1-1/2 to 2 cups water for 5 mins while you chop the zucchini and grate the coconut.
  • Add the moong dal along with the soaked water, chopped zucchini and turmeric powder to a pressure cooker and cook for 2-3 whistles.
  • Meanwhile add grated coconut, cumin seeds, green chilies, 1 sprig curry leaves, sambar powder and grind it to a smooth paste using 2-3 tbsp water.
  • Open the lid of the pressure cooker and mash lightly using a ladle.
  • Add the ground paste, salt, more water if needed and cooker for 2-3 mins over low flame till the raw smell disappears.
  • Heat a pan with oil. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add Urad dal and roast for few seconds till golden brown.
  • Add curry leaf and immediately pour this tempering over the cooking dal.
  • Mix well and switch off stove.
  • Zucchini kootu or Zucchini dal is ready.
  • Serve hot with either rice or phulkas.