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Zucchini Rice

Zucchini rice is a great side dish for any time of the day.

Serving for 4.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini with skin
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed jeera
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seed rai
  • 4 red peppers whole
  • 2 Bay Leaves tajpat
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 inch small piece of cinnamon stick dal chini
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Heat the oil and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat.Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to oil; if the cumin cracks right away oil is ready.
  • Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds to the oil. After seeds crack add red pepper and bay leaves. Add rice and stir-fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Add water, zucchini, salt and lemon juice. Stir and bring to boil.
  • After rice comes to a boil turn the heat down to low and cover the pan. Cook rice for about fifteen minutes or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated.
  • Serve as is, with soup, yogurt, and pickle.


  • Melt some cheddar cheese over rice.


  • Replace zucchini with 1 1/2 cup finally chopped spinach.