Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lima Beans and Zucchini Palya | Zucchini Sabzi Recipe | Zucchini sauteed with Indian spices

Though we don't own a vegetable patch, we were lucky enough to get fresh produce from friends this summer. I got home grown cucumbers, zucchini, mint leaves, french beans, and many more. Each zucchini that I got weight about two pounds & I didn't know how to use them. I used to use them in pastas only. As zucchini is my son's favorite vegetable, I made palya with it & everyone at my home liked it very much. Later on I tried making zucchini dal, zucchini thovve, and few more Indian dishes using zucchini.

This zucchini palya or sabzi needs very minimal ingredients & yet tastes great. It goes well with both rice and roti (Indian flat bread). I added some lima beans to get some crunch to the otherwise soft zucchini. Make the zucchini sabzi this season. You won't be disappointed for sure.


Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Serves: 3-4

Zucchini : About 2 lbs or 1 kg
Frozen lima beans: 3/4th cup, refer notes

For the tempering:
Oil: 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tsp
Red chilli powder: 1 tsp
Salt: As needed


Dice the zucchini & keep them aside.


Heat oil in a broad pan. When oil is hot, throw in the mustard & cumin seeds. When seeds crackle, add the diced zucchini & mix gently.


Add in the salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder & mix well.


Throw in the lima beans. Mix.


Cook the zucchini covered for about 7-10 mins. Keep stirring in between.
Don't worry as zucchini will ooze out lots of water.


Once the zucchini is soft, turn off the heat & serve the palya hot with rice or roti.


  • You could replace lima beans with frozen or fresh green peas, chickpeas (cooked), frozen lilva beans or any other beans of your choice. 
  • I did not add any other flavors to this sabzi. If you like, you could add garlic for a different flavor. 
  • Note that zucchini shrinks a lot after cooking. So, two pounds is not much!


  1. Looks delicious! No doubt.. anyone, like your son, would love this healthy palya

  2. That looks yum...never tried such a combo....

  3. Wow, that zucchini palya looks really yummy, Sushma! What a great idea adding lima beans in there. I can almost feel the yummy textures in my mouth. :)



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