While the simple Zucchini gained recent popularity with the spirally vegetable noodles called the Zoodles, it actually entered the Indian market a few years ago. Cucumber loving people that we are, we got introduced to zucchini as the “Videsi Kakdi” compared to our usual “Desi Kakdi.”
It looked different, was darker in colour, longer in size and even tasted different. We ate it raw, added it to our pastas and lasagana and now we’ve also come in terms with the latest addition, Zoodles. The Zucchini has indeed come a long way from its "Videsi Kakdi" days and this National Zucchini Day, let’s talk about the different ways in which zucchini can make your favourite foods a little more healthy!
We all love a good crunchy bruschetta with a dash of olive oil, basil and tomato, a made in heaven combination. And then, there is that bread component that raises a red flag for many. Worry not, as we have a way out for you. These Stuffed Zucchini Boats by Chef Joel are a healthier way to enjoy your favourite Bruschetta, guilt free.
While they say a cupcake is nothing but a frosted muffin; a muffin for many of us is that quintessential snack to have with our coffee or chai, it soon became part of our breakfast and evening snack munchies. While most of these are loaded with sugar, there are healthier versions of muffins made with Zucchini. It can be made in two ways, either in a plain zucchini version or the one with, whole wheat, zucchini and seed muffins, and we’re sure you’ll love both!
3. Zucchini Fries
French fries definitely tops our list of favourite snacks and sides. This deep fried potato snack is definitely puts us in our comfort zone and we are sure the feeling is mutual for so many of us! We decided to replace the potatoes with zucchini fingers and baked them instead of frying and the outcome is DELICIOUS!
4. Fluffy Zucchini Omelettes
Nothing beats a well made, melt in the mouth, cheesy omelette for breakfast. Pair it with some toast and butter and you have a hearty - delicious meal ready in a jiffy. While adding vegetables to our omelette is a common practice, adding zucchini to the recipe makes it even better. Kamini Patel shows us how to make a wholesome omelette that is packed with loads of fibres and happens to be lower in calories too.
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5. Zucchini Pancakes
With pancakes being easily available nowadays, in more ways than one it has become a staple or one of those few-loved dishes for so many youngsters when they go out with friends. This easy to make pancake recipe by Pallavi Nigam gives you an amazing dose of nutrients and at the same time makes them taste so good!
6. Zucchini Fritters
Pakodas, how much we love them, and how much we relish them in the monsoons and winters. Zucchini fritters are a take on the pakodas making them different from the usual pakodas we normally eat and yet loved by all.
7. Zucchini Oats Chilla
The moment we talk about healthy eating and oats, the children of the house usually disappear in thin air, which is why mothers love disguising the food they cook. Zucchini oats chilla is one such recipe that makes sure is not only good for the body but also for the tongue.