Zucchini with poppy seeds

June 30, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6 as a side dish
Author Notes

This dish combines a summer vegetable with the great cooling effect of poppy seeds--a perfect combination! —Grey Haired Gourmet

What You'll Need
  • 3 medium size zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons Poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon onion seeds (kalonji)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Combine poppy seeds and mustard seeds in a small bowl, cover with cold water and soak overnight or for a day.
  2. When you are ready to start cooking, drain the water from the poppy-mustard seed mixture. Wash and cut the zucchinis into small cubes.
  3. Add 1/4 cup water in a blender and run it at a high speed. Slowly add the soaked poppy and mustard seeds in the running mixer using a teaspoon. Run the blender for a minute or so after adding all the poppy and mustard seeds until it becomes a thick paste.
  4. Pour the oil in a large frying pan and heat on medium high. When the oil is hot put the onion seeds in the pan and after about five seconds add the cubed zucchini. Fry the zucchini in medium heat for about five minutes and then pour the poppy and mustard seed paste on the zucchini. Add the salt and turmeric. Mix using a large spoon.
  5. Put the lid on the frying pan and cook for another five to seven minutes. Add a little bit of water if the mix gets too dry during the cooking. The preparation should be moist but not runny. Remove from heat and serve hot with rice.

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5 Reviews

yummyehw July 28, 2010
I made this last night-- thanks so much for an easy, interesting zucchini recipe-- I am very uncreative when it comes to zucchini. I really liked the paste the seeds made.
Jennifer A. July 1, 2010
Sounds wonderful! I never heard about soading poppy/mustard seeds - what effect does it have on the recipe?
Grey H. July 9, 2010
Soaking the poppy and mustard seeds overnight will make it easier to make the thick paste in the blender.
ChezSharon July 1, 2010
I tried this. It is delicious! And so easy!
CafeAnna June 30, 2010
Looks delicious! I will definitely try it this summer.