Tori ki Sabji


Tori ki Sabji

Main Name: Zucchini
Biological Name: Cucurbita pepo
Hindi Name: Tori, Turai
Names in other Indian languages: Peerkan kai (Tamil), Oru pachakkari (Malayalam), Beera Kaaya (Telugu), Turiya, Ghisoda (Gujarati), Jhinge, Jhinga (Bengali), Dodke, Shira?e (Marathi), Janhhi (Oriya), Turai (Urdu), Tori (Punjabi)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes (slow fire cooking)

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

Course: Main, Vegetables

Serves: 6


  • 750 gms Tori/Turai/ Smooth or Sponge Gourd
  • 2 big size tomatoes ,chopped and pureed
  • 2 medium size Onions ,finely chopped
  • 1″ piece Ginger /adrak
  • 1/2 cup cream/ fresh malai
  • 1 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 level tsp chili powder or adjust to taste
  • 2 tsp Coriander / dhania powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin /geera
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive oil / or Pure ghee


 Step 1.

 Wash and peel the tories and cut them in small cubes. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Finely chop onions and puree tomatoes and keep aside.

Step 3.

 In a heavy bottom pan heat the oil, add cumin seeds, when cumin starts to splutter, add finely chopped onions in it.

Step 4.

Fry the onions till golden, add salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder in it. Fry these spices for a minute.

 Step 5.

 Then add tori in it. Cover and cook till tori is soft, add tomato puree, grated ginger .

Step 6.

When tori, tomatoes are cooked and well blended (and 75% of water is evaporated) add malai / cream mix well, cook for couple of minutes more.

 Step 7.

Switch off the heat. Sprinkle it with pepper before serving. Serve hot.

Smooth or Sponge gourd:Tori crop

Health Benefits of Zucchini/Smooth or Sponge gourd:
  • Incredibly low in calories, zucchini makes a great way of filling your stomach without worrying about the calories being carried along with it. With just a couple of calories, you can include zucchini in your diet plan.
  • Regular consumption of cheesy, doughy foods with high sodium levels or other processed foods can leave your body yearning for water. With a high water concentration, vegetables like zucchini contribute to hydration, thereby fulfilling the body’s water requirement.
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which is required by the body to prevent health conditions, like scurvy and other illnesses, including heart conditions and certain types of cancers. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin C that helps in overcoming the deficiency of this vitamin.
  • Zucchini contains dietary fiber which lowers cholesterol by attaching itself to bile acids which are produced by the liver from the cholesterol. Since the fiber binds so well to the bile acid to instantly digest fat, the liver is induced to generate more bile acid.
  • The high levels of vitamins A and C present in zucchini keep the cholesterol from oxidizing in the body’s blood vessels, thereby delaying the onset of atherosclerosis.
  • Dietary fiber is known for promoting healthy and regular bowel movements, which help in preventing carcinogen toxins from settling in the colon. Zucchini has dietary fiber present in high amounts which avoids the risk of different kinds of cancers.
  • Studies indicate that zucchini contains phytonutrients which assist in reducing the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH), a condition where the prostate gland enlarges, resulting in complications with urination and sexual functions in men.
  • With the presence of magnesium in considerate amounts, zucchini helps in lowering the risk of heart attack and strokes to a great extent. Besides, it also contains folate which is necessary for breaking down the amino acid homocysteine, which when increased, can lead to heart attack and stroke.
  • Zucchini is ideal for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory allergies as it increases one’s immunity due to the high vitamin C content. Furthermore, it also helps in controlling the symptoms of any autoimmune disorders which can lead to internal inflammation of organs.


Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

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