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Bowl of gram flour zucchini stir fry

Besan Zucchini Stir Fry

Besan zucchini stir fry is a quick and easy side dish. Zucchini is coated with seasoned gram flour, stir fried until just tender and crunchy.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Person
Author Usha Rao


No Onion Garlic Recipe

  • 1 medium sized Zucchini, about 200 grams
  • 1 tablespoon Gram Flour or Besan
  • ¾ teaspoon Chili Powder, adjust to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Roasted Cumin Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt, adjust to taste
  • 4 teaspoon Oil
  • Dash of Hing or Asafetida
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • Cilantro for garnish

With Onion Garlic

  • ¼ cup chopped or sliced Onion
  • 1 ½ - 2 tsp crushed Garlic or 2-3 fat Garlic cloves crushed


No Onion Garlic Recipe

  • Wash and trim the edges of zucchini. Cut zucchini to quarters lengthwise and cut each quarter into ½ - ¾” pieces.
  • In a bowl mix together gram flour, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt and mix well.
  • Add chopped zucchini to gram flour mixture and toss to coat.
  • Heat oil in a small skillet or a pan and let cumin seeds roast in oil.
  • Add hing and turmeric and give a quick stir. If using onion and garlic, skip hing and saute onion and garlic along with turmeric.
  • Add zucchini and stir fry for few seconds until oil coats all the pieces.
  • Continue to stir fry for a minute on medium high flame.
  • Cover and cook on low flame for 2 minutes or until zucchini is cooked but crunchy.
  • Remove the lid, do a taste test and adjust seasoning.
  • For a crispy zucchini, fry few more minutes else, turn off the flame.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Serve hot with rice, roti or even as a side dish for grilled meat.

With Onion Garlic (no Hing)

  • Follow first four steps in the above recipe. Once cumin is roasted in oil, saute onions until soft, then add garlic and saute until for few seconds. Add turmeric and follow the rest of the steps. I do not use hing in this version.


  • Since I made it without onion and garlic, I used hing. If using garlic, skip hing.
  • I prefer onion garlic stir fry over no onion garlic one.  Unlike this recipe,  the one with onion is more like a dry curry and not very dry.
  • Gram Flour - with onions, you can increase gram flour by a teaspoon or 2 and adjust reason accordingly. However, I feel 1 tablespoon is perfect.
  • If you prefer soft zucchini, cook zucchini a few minutes longer.