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Zucchini Courgette Curry in a bowl

Pakistani Zucchini (Courgette) Curry | Toriyan (Torai ki Sabzi)

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Adored by thousands, this easy Zucchini (Courgette) Curry is truly astonishing. This is a next-level tasty vegan curry that'll transform everyday Zucchini into something even kids will love!
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Diet Gluten Free, Halal, Hindu, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword courgette curry, zucchini curry
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 204


  • 1/3 cup grapeseed or other neutral oil
  • 2 medium onions thinly sliced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 inch piece ginger crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium tomato cubed
  • 1 tsp salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp red chili powder or to taste
  • 3 large (1 to 1 1/4 lb) green zucchini squash (courgette) peeled and cut into 1/8-inch half-moons, (weighed after chopping)
  • 1 small green chili pepper (such as Serrano) sliced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for garnish


  • Heat oil in a nonstick or heavy bottomed skillet over high heat. Add the onions, and sauté until they are lightly golden (~8-10 minutes).
  • Lower the heat to medium and add the garlic, ginger and cumin seeds. Sauté until the raw smell of the ginger and garlic disappears (~1 min). Add the tomato, salt, coriander powder, black pepper powder, and red chili powder. Sauté for a minute, then stir in the zucchini and 1/4 cup of water. Mix well, ensuring that the zucchini is well coated.
  • Cover and let cook on medium heat for 7-10 minutes, stirring once in between. Once most of the water has dried up, use a wooden spoon to break the zucchini into pieces. Add the sliced green chili pepper and turmeric and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Lower the heat to the lowest setting, cover and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring half-way. If you’re afraid it will stick to the pan, add a splash of water. Uncover and stir well. If needed, raise the heat to high to sauté any extra moisture for 3-5 minutes. Taste and adjust salt.
  • When the water has completely dried up and the zucchini is very well cooked, turn off the heat and garnish with cilantro, if desired. It is typically eaten with roti or naan but you can serve it with any type of bread or rice.



Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 631mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 424IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg