Breakfast, Everyday Simple Recipes, Salads

Zucchini Salad and Garlic Bread

Tired of eating spicy food? Give some rest to your tummy. Try the subtle zucchini and carrot salad and garlic bread. Simple and easy to make, tasty and easy on your tummy.

Bread and salad

Salad Ingredients:
Zucchini (a type of squash like cucumber) – 1 medium sized
Carrot – 1 medium sized
French beans – 100 gm
Garlic – 1 clove
Olive oil/butter/cooking oil – 1/2 tbsp
Crushed peppercorns – 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Garlic Bread Ingredients:
Bread – As needed
Garlic cloves – 2 to 3
Butter – 1 tbsp

Zucchini, carrots, beans

Peel garlic and chop finely. Wash and remove the edges of the vegetables. Peel the carrot. Slice the vegetables in a slanting manner (oblique cutting) so that the inner sides are more exposed.

Succulent Zucchini

Heat a wok and pour oil. Add the finely chopped garlic and cook for a minute. When the garlic begins to change color, add the sliced carrots and beans, close with a lid, and cook for a minute. Stir and add the sliced zucchini. Cook for around 2 minutes. The vegetables should just become tender and should not be overcooked. Add salt and crushed pepper. Remove from fire.

Garlic bread
Peel and chop garlic finely. Mix this with butter. Spread on the butter garlic mixture on bread and place on a hot pan. Spread the butter and garlic on the other side of the bread. Cook in medium fire for half a minute or so. Flip over and cook the other side. Remove from fire and serve with cheese or zucchini salad.

Garlic bread and Zucchini salad

Zucchini is not commonly found in India. It belongs to the cucumber family and tastes and smells very much like cucumber yet not as watery as cucumber. I used to always ignore the side of the market where the ‘exotic’ vegetables are sold. But I am so glad I gave zucchini a try.

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Cucumber & Raw Mango Curry

A sour curd curry similar to North Indian kadi.



Malabar cucumber* – 250 gm
Raw mango (medium)* – ½ portion
Curd – 1 cup
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Water – 2 cups
Salt – to taste



For gravy:
Coconut (scraped/cut) – 1 cup
Green chilies – 4-5
Cumin seeds (jeera) – ½ tsp

For tempering (tadka):
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Fenugreek (uluva) – ½ tsp
Dry red chilies – 2-3
Curry leaves – 2 stalks
Oil (preferably coconut) – 1 tsp

* In case any of these ingredients are unavailable, check the alternate ingredients section for other options.

You can use ash gourd, squash, or other cucumber variants instead of Malabar cucumber. The taste remains the same. Raw mangoes are available only in the summer season. This curry can be made even without the raw mango, just by doubling the amount of curd to compensate for the sourness. But the taste that you get by using raw mango is simply different and cannot be matched with curd.

Preparation Time: 10min.
Cooking Time: 15min.

Wash the cucumber, peel, remove the seeds and cut them in 1-inch sized cubes. Similarly, wash the raw mango, remove the seed, take half the portion and cut them into 1-inch sized cubes. Take a vessel and pour 2 cups of water. Add the cucumber into the vessel. Add turmeric powder. Cook for 5 mins. When the cucumber is almost done, add the raw mango pieces and cook for 5 more minutes.


In a mixer, grind one cup of coconut, green chilies, and jeera to make a fine paste. Add this to the cooked vegetables. Boil this for 2 minutes. Turn off the fire. Beat the curd in mixture and add it to the vegetables. In a small pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. When they start to splutter, turn off the fire and add the dry red chilies and curry leaves. Pour this into the cooked vegetables and mix well. The cucumber and raw mango curry is ready to be served with rice.

List of accompaniments:
Tastes great with rice.

Health Benefits/Alerts:
This is a very healthy dish. Cucumber is fibrous, has high water content, and is low in calories. It’s the best thing that you can have to cool off in the hot summer season.

Click here to view a simpler version of this curry.

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