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Zucchini Rice

Zucchini Rice

Zucchini Rice

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

Serving for 4.
5 from 1 vote
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.
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76 thoughts on “Zucchini Rice

  1. Hi Manjula Ji, it was very nice recipe. I tried it , it came out so good and my kids loved it so much. Thank u for this recipe. I have often visited your site and ur recipes r simple and really good.

  2. Wonderful dish thank you for sharing this recipe. I did not have cumin seed or black mustard seed so i substituted ground cumin and ground mustard, which seemed to work well. I look forward to trying your other dishes. You have a beautiful spirit that shines in your video.

  3. Hi Manjula Aunty, Your recipes are very simple and delicious. Please post some simple recipes of burger, Sandwiches and pizzas to be prepared at home. Thank You.

  4. hi manjula ji you are so sweet n softly spoken lady. i like u and watched ur all receipes all receipes are very excellent i tried all the receipes please post some soups recipes and other gud dishes please.


  5. This is a favorite lunch in my home. My son loves it. Sometimes I add small-diced potatoes and peas. I also make it in my rice cooker on occasion. I wash the rice in the cooker bowl and then let it soak in there while I get everything else ready. I use a small saucepan to heat the oil and butter and cook the spices and zucchini and then toss it with the rice and water in the cooker, give it a mix, and turn it on. It turns out perfect every time and I don’t have to worry about leaving it unattended and letting it burn. Handy when you have a toddler. Thank you for sharing so many great recipes!

  6. hi Manjula ji,

    thanks thanks alot 4 ur Zucchini rice recipe . i tried it in lunch and u know my son(2+ )my husband just loved it. thanks for such a simple recipe .i just love ur cooking and u just make cooking soooo easy and delightful. thanx again for making tasteless veg like Zucchini so tasty.

  7. Hi Munjal
    i love the way you make cooking so simple and easy. I stopped eating meat 17 yrs ago but was so bored with food, i stumbled upon your kitchen one day while browsing now i try out your receipe every day.
    you have given me great cooking ideas and my husband is enjoying meatless dishes

  8. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    Your website is awesome. I am trying new recipes everyday and my hubby is full of praises. Thanks to you and your effort. Makes cooking so simple and delightful. Your passion for cooking is deeply appreciated


  9. Hi Manjula ji,

    I have tried zucchini rice on friday for dinner. It was so delicious. my husband and my daughter(2 years old) loved it. Thank you very much for such a wonderful and easy to make recipe.

  10. My family loves this recipe. We really enjoy all your recipes we have tried. Thank you for sharing them. I get excited and can’t wait to see your new recipes!

  11. hi Manjula Aunty,
    how r u doing?i saw ur zuchhini recipe,can u pls tell me what is Zuchhini?is it cucumber or something like that?
    would u like to learn me some chinese recipe?
    have a nice day.
    keep showing us new delicious recipe.
    thank you.

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  13. Where can I get a round grater like you used to grate the zucchini? I can’t find one when I searched online, but I really like the one you have. Thank you.

  14. I really liked this and my Irish/French Canadian 81 year old Mom liked it too. I just used a little crushed chili for heat. Its still very good w/o the heat.

  15. Hi Aunty,
    I enjoyed watching you cooking. You are soo homely. I love you.
    I asked my husband to try some out, looking at your kitchen.
    Can U pl give a recipe for Mango pudding and gobi Manchuri.


    1. Zucchini is a tender, somewhat watery summer vegetable from the family of “squashes” or “gourds”; it resembles a cucumber but has a smooth green skin; it is extremely versatile – can slice, batter-dip and deep fry it for a hot snack, can grate and mix with flour and egg for ‘latkes’ (potato pancakes), can grill it with just some olive oil and salt, make breads and muffins with it as in banana bread, or simply saute it with spices of choice.

    1. Zucchini is also called Italian Squash in the US.

      For hindi, try Tori/Turaii, however, any gourd/squash vegetable will do for this recipe. It doesn’t have to be only zucchini.

  16. I made this rice tonight and it was amazing. This was my first attempt at indian food and I can’t wait to cook something else tomorrow! The videos are a huge help, thank you so much for taking the time to do this.

  17. I made this for dinner tonight and my family loved it. I didn’t have zucchini, so I used thinly sliced red swiss chard. WONDERFUL! I served it with your recipe for Chana Masala and that was great too. I served the meal with my homemade papaya chutney.

  18. Manjulaji this dish is what I am going to try .. could you give us the receipe for lemon Rice ? We used to eat a lot of that in India especially in the South. We used to take the cooked rice on trips and picnics – I make efforts to make the rice but it does not turn out the same.
    Please and thank you. Monica

  19. This feels like a silly question, but the rice is uncooked isn’t it? I cooked it beforehand and it turned out kind of mushy and soggy. From the video it seemed like it was supposed to be cooked. But still, it got two out of three thumbs up from my kids per your suggestion to my question in the malai kofta. Thank you so much!!!

  20. this rice was yummy…i added tomato chutney [the one we add in tomato rice]. it became altogether a yummmmyyyy dish…evryone liked it in my hubby’s ‘dabba’….pls teach us some more zucchini recipie…i buy vegetables frm cub foods…so i have very repetitive choice….thanks once again…stay good

  21. namaste manjula aunty ,u r greate .this rice looks very good. may be i make tomorrow since i have zucunni in my refrigrator.thank u to share very nice and easy recipe with us.
    good luck for new easy recipe .i am waiting your new recipe.

  22. Hello Aunty,
    Your Zuchini rice is very good.However, could you tell me the Indian name for Zucchini ? I could not find it anywhere on the web.

    Also, while making yogurt gravy, even though I added besan, my yogurt started breaking,even after continous stirring. Can you please suggest some option?
    I live in France

    PS: I have blogrolled you 🙂


  23. You’re original and traditional recipes are so inventive and tasty! Have you ever thought about publishing a book? Thanks so much for all your work and for sharing your delicious ideas. Blessings for you and your family.

  24. Hi Manjula ji,

    I watch your recipe videos everyday. Manula ji please try to add more recipe videos.
    Please add recipes which are easy to cook. I made bread pakora after watching your recipe video. It came out really good and my family members ate nicely. Your recipe vidoes are really good. I saw zuchinni rice video, can you please tell me how it looks and where can i find it. We stay in California.


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