Sunday, May 22, 2011

Zucchini Rice


Zucchini and rice!

That was my first reaction to it too! But I was brave enough to try it and it proved I was wrong.

A very simple and yummy rice dish. My kids loved it too!





We were in a rush this saturday. Kids had swim lesson in the morning and hubby had to catch a flight at noon. It is ridiculous that the airline companies charge for your first check in baggage and don't give yoyu anything on board. ( except for Jet Blue). I made this quick one pot meal. I had bookmarked this recipe some time ago and wanted to give it a shot!

So people, don't think, get your zucchini and a grater and let's start cooking! The rice can be cooked in a pan or a cooker. i used pressure cooker and reduced the water. use 2 cups of water if using a sauce pan to cook the whole thing.


Get Ready: ( serves 2-3)
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1&1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup grated zucchini with skin
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 tsp cashew broken into pieces
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp butter

  • Soak basmati rice in water or 20 mins, drain and keep aside.
  • In a pressure cooker ( directly) add the oil and butter. once hot add the jeera, cinnamon, bay leaf, red chillies and cashews..
  • When they all sizzle, add the rice and fry for 5 mins.
  • Add the zucchini, 1& 1/2 cups water, peas,lemon juice, salt to taste and mix well.
  • Close the cooker and cook for 1-2 whistles.
  • Take it iff the heat.
  • Once the pressure is released, fluff the rice, garnish with cilantro.
  • Serve hot with any curry, pickle or raita.

I served them with home made potato fries!


  1. Never thought of Zuccini n Rice .... got to try this some time.

  2. Great to know that Zuccini with rice turned out to be great. I too would try it out this week.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. What a great idea to sneak in zucchini ~ a must try!
    US Masala

  4. I know this zucchini and rice tastes truly delicious, i do this rice quite often..Looks wonderful..

  5. Lovely and interesting combo of ingredients. The rice looks well done.

  6. Interesting combo...This is easy to make too & makes for a simple & light dinner :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. Interesting combo..tempting platter makes me hungry

  8. Great combo..never tried it..looks delicious..shall try this out :)

  9. Wow! To have the zucchini actually retain their shape must have been the challenge! AWESOME Priya - try panni pathudavendiyathu dhaan :)


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