Zucchini Curry (Instant Pot and Stovetop)

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Tender summer squash smothered in a rich and creamy masala sauce! This recipe is the most exciting thing to ever happen to zucchini!

zucchini curry (turai ki sabzi)

Easy Zucchini Curry

We’re tossing thick zucchini slices, a handful of spices, and onion masala in an instant pot and setting the cook time to ONE minute. Adding a touch of cream. And then eating a dish that is sure to provide the most thrilling zucchini experience you’ve ever had.

I’m not exaggerating. Not even a little bit. This is absolutely the best and most amazing zucchini curry recipe in existence… (I’m like, 99.899 percent sure of that).

“Excellent! Found myself scraping remaining sauce from the bottom of the pot to make sure none of the deliciousness went to waste, lol!”

SJ
zucchini curry (turai ki sabzi)

What is Zucchini Curry?

My recipe for zucchini curry (courgette curry), also known as turai ki sabzi or toriyan, is made with spices that really complement the natural sweetness of zucchini. Spices like tangy amchur (dried green mango powder), Roasted Cumin Powder, and spicy cayenne infuse this porous squash that basically begs to be seasoned.

As the squash cooks, it becomes tender (not mushy) and releases its water into the curry while absorbing all the wonderful masala flavor that goes into this dish. What we’re left with are concentrated sweet zucchini slices floating around in a creamy masala that is packed to the brim with flavor.

There is no other zucchini recipe quite like this.

zucchini curry (turai ki sabzi)

Should I Peel the Zucchini First?

Depends on who you ask, lol.

I often text my parents with photos of new recipes. Shortly after texting a photo of this dish, my dad immediately replied asking why I didn’t peel the zucchini. When making zucchini sabzi, you typically peel the zucchini first.

I’m a (food) rebel (just let me pretend) and I like my zucchini with the peel on. Why don’t I peel it? For the same reason that I don’t grate potatoes when making Aloo Tikki. There’s just no need.

You really can’t taste the peel… like, at all. It doesn’t affect the texture of the dish either. If anything, I think the green color makes the dish look prettier. This zucchini curry actually looks like it’s made with zucchini; your family and friends won’t have to play the “guess the vegetable” game at dinner time.

We don’t have to do things just because things are done a certain way, you know? That said… when I make this for my dad, I will absolutely peel the zucchini first, lol. So if you are making this for your traditional Punjabi father/relative, maybe just peel it, okay? 😂

zucchini curry (turai ki sabzi)

I know zucchini has a reputation for being a bit bland, a bit boring. But let’s please take a quick break from hiding it in bread or pretending like it’s spaghetti.

The key to making zucchini shine is to highlight its natural sweetness and tender bite. And despite being smothered in a well-spiced masala sauce, zucchini really does hold its own in this curry.

zucchini curry (turai ki sabzi)

Zucchini Curry (Instant Pot and Stovetop)

zucchini curry (turai ki sabzi)

Zucchini Curry (Instant Pot and Stovetop)

4.91 from 22 reviews
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Servings 2 -3
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
 

Spices

 

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • teaspoon hing
  • 1 ½ pounds zucchini sliced lengthwise and then cut into 1-inch half-moon chunks
  • ¼ cup frozen onion masala
  • 3 tablespoons water

Add later:

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Cilantro garnish

Instructions
 

Instant Pot

  • Combine all of the spices in a bowl and set aside for now.
  • Press sauté, add oil and once it’s hot, add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds turn brown, add hing and stir, then add zucchini, water, onion masala, all of the spices, and mix well.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve, and set the cook time to 1 minute at high pressure.
  • Quick release pressure.
  • Add 2 tablespoons cream and mix well.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Stovetop:

  • Combine all of the spices in a bowl and set aside for now.
  • Add the oil to a dutch oven over medium heat and once hot, add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds turn brown, add hing and stir, then add ½ cup water (cooking on the stovetop calls for more water) and onion masala and saute until the onion masala melts. 
  • Once the onion masala melts, add the zucchini and mix well, then add the spices and mix well. 
  • Add an extra ¼ cup of water then cover and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for around 5 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender to your liking. 
  • Add cream, stir, garnish with cilantro.

Notes

  • turai can refer to several different types of squash/gourds. This recipe has only been tested with zucchini.
  • It’s always a good idea to gather spices together before cooking but in this recipe, it’s necessary to do so in order to prevent burning as step 2 moves very quickly. 
  • If you don’t have or don’t want to use heavy cream, you can use ghee instead. It’ll be a bit spicier but it’ll still taste good! I do prefer it with the cream though.
  • Roasted cumin powder is very different in flavor from regular cumin. If you don’t have this, it’s easy to make and adds a really unique flavor to recipes.
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  1. Donna says

    5 stars
    I love this recipe and have made it several times. Today I tried it with yellow crookneck squash because I have an abundance in my garden. It was even better than the zucchini version.

  2. MommaDuck says

    5 stars
    Oh my oh my this is so super good!!! This is the third recipe I’ve tried from here after making onion Masala, and I don’t know how I’m going to be able to go back to making and eating anything else. Putting this together in the instant pot is almost easier than making a sandwich.
    I’ve made this twice now. The first time I made it, I used grapeseed oil to cook it with. Today I was utterly shameless and made it using Ghee. I regret nothing, except maybe the weight gain.
    I’ve got this recipe just in time since zucchini is coming on in everyone’s gardens right now, and soon people will have so much of it that they’ll be giving it away. At that time of year I have friends who load me up until the only thing I know to do with it is freeze it. No more! I’ll be making this until there is no more zucchini available, and then I’ll be going into withdrawals (or finding another yummy recipe from this site).
    Seriously, Make onion masala. Make double batches of it. Make lots of double batches of it, because if you do, recipes like this will take no time to make. To be able to toss something like this together in 10 minutes makes all the time making a freezer full of onion masala all worthwhile.
    Hats off to the wonderful artist who created this recipe, and the onion masala which makes all of it so easy to do! I only wish I had have had this decades ago when I was a young mother trying to cook for a hungry going child and an even more ravenous husband. I know this would have made them all very happy.

  3. Shuchi says

    Can i use yelliw summer squash in a place of zucchini? This looks delicious but i dont have enough zucchini on hand to make.

  4. SJ says

    5 stars
    Excellent! Found myself scraping remaining sauce from the bottom of the pot to make sure none of the deliciousness went to waste, lol! I didn’t have heavy cream so I subbed a spoonful of cream cheese and it worked perfectly.

  5. Sushma says

    5 stars
    Very good taste.. we made double the quantity and it’s almost empty by the end of the day..
    I replaced cayenne with Kashmiri red chili powder and heavy cream with homemade curd.

  6. James Walker says

    I’ve made this several times now. We eat it as a main so my wife gets sad that the original recipe is only for a couple of servings. Today I made it as a side for the tandoori wings. Thank you for yet another great dish!

  7. Sophie says

    5 stars
    Excellent, even with ghee instead of cream. Will try it in the instant pot next time – I think I lost less moisture through the stove top version than I would have liked. 🙂 Thanks again Ashley!

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