Steamed Zucchini Recipe – Indian Style

Lauki or Dudhi or Ghia,- is also sold as Chinese Opo. The vegetable needs to be young and firm or it gets like a loofah. If this is not easy to source one may use zuchini.

I am not sure what about this unassuming vegetable makes it a favorite of Indians.   It may be its simplicity and sweetness and its ability to soak in flavors. My mother is from Uttar Pradesh and this vegetable was cooked once a week in our home. It was served with dal, raita and with a selection of Indian pickles and flat bread.


1 lb. zucchini peeled and cubed  
1 heaped tsp. grated ginger  
1 medium tomatoes, chopped  
1 fresh red or green chillies sliced 
1 tbs. ghee (not oil)
1 tsp. cumin seeds  
1/4 tsp. asafoetida or hing 
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder 
1 tsp. coriander powder 
Salt  and a bit of sugar to taste 
1/2 cup chopped cilanro for a garnish

1. Heat oil in a wok or kadhai.  Add cumin seeds and hing/ asafoetida powder and let it sizzile.  Add ginger and fry for 15-20 seconds. Do not let it burn. 
2. Add zucchini and the rest of the spices. 
3. Stir coating the zucchini wioth the spices. 
4. Add tomatoes, a few tabspoons of water, reduce heat and cook covered until tender. Mix in the cilantro leaves.

© Kavita Mehta
photo credit Kavita and Vinay Mehta


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