Zucchini with Cilantro and Lime

Zucchini is a wonderful vegetable from the squash family that is perfect for people on a diet. It is low in calories, high in water content and a great stomach filler. Try this quick and easy stir fry recipe that takes just minutes to prepare.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3-4 minutes
Serves: 2-3


Zucchini – 1 lb, chopped thin
Oil – 1 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Whole Dry Red Chilies – to taste
Asofoetida – pinch
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
Green Chilies – to taste, finely chopped
Salt – to taste
Lime Juice – 1 Tbsp or to taste
Cilantro – 10 sprigs, finely chopped


1. Heat Oil in a medium pan on medium heat.
2. Add Mustard Seeds and allow them to pop.
3. Add Whole Dry Red Chilies, Asofoetida, Curry Leaves and Green Chilies. Stir.
4. Add Salt and Lime Juice and stir.
5. Quickly add Zucchini and toss to cook for 2 minutes.
6. Switch off stove and mix in Cilantro Leaves.
7. Remove Zucchini in another bowl to prevent over cooking.
8. Serve hot or cold as a salad of vegetable side dish.

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17 thoughts on “Zucchini with Cilantro and Lime

  1. hi Anuja & Hatel,

    first i saw your recepie in You tube. you are doing great job . keep it up!!
    Best of Luck to both of you.

    i want to cook zuccni in the same way you told in ur recepie pls tell me that don’t we need to peel it off before cooking?

    thanks a lot..

  2. Just made this. Went easy on the green chili and didn’t have curry leaves, but this turned out wonderful. Just wondering, what purpose do the curry leaves serve? What flavor do they add? Thanks!

    1. Hi Abhishek,

      The purpose of curry leaves is purely for the flavor they impart on a dish. It is a unique flavor that is not easily replicated. When added to hot oil, they flavor the oil and in turn the oil flavors the dish.

  3. Hi…Just found a video on Youtube from your channel and after that i gone through the various dishes….i think male persons r not commenting in this blog…but lemme do it…

    Can you please tell me what this Zucchini is in Hindi .. Some sites say it is Tori…but i m not convinced with that having look at their colour… 😐

    1. Hi Arjan,
      Thank you 🙂
      They do say it is Tori and nor am I convinced. Unfortunately, I have never seen it it in India.
      Sorry 🙁

  4. hi… i tried this out with both zucchini & cucumber & trust me it came out wonderful. extremely healthy & simply super for summer time.. i suggest everyone to try this dish out…

  5. Hi hetal/Anuja!!

    Thanks for this nice and easy recipe you showed us made out of zucchini,do you have any other recipe for zucchini which can be had with chapatis/paratas because this is one of the vegetables which is available in abundance here.

    Thanks again!!

  6. Hey guys,
    You are doing an awesome job teaching recipes in a simple and interactive manner.I totally love this recipe of yours and have linked it to my blog.I could not get zucchini here in India so i tried it with cucumber and it came out really well. Keep up the great work.

  7. hi guys,
    you both have such a wonderful site…very informative and learning how to do it step by step makes this web site amazing. i will definately make this zucchini recipe.. as its really easy and low in fat.

  8. Great recipe Hetal & Anuja! Will def. try it out, especially coz its low in calories ;). These days most of us are health conscious! That is one of the reasons i like ur site.
    Can u tell me where did u guys find those soup spoons?? I hav been searchin these since ages… i’ve tried searchin in Bed Bath& Beyond, Corelle, Walmart… u name it. I really need this for Eid (which is on 1st oct. or 2nd) i cant imagine havin Shirkurma (i guess u def. kno what this is) without these spoons!

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