Pakistani Zucchini Curry: Toriyan

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Zucchini Curry, or Toriyan, is a traditional dish that originated in the Punjab region of Pakistan, fresh zucchini tastes different. The word “Toriyan” refers to zucchini in the local language and in English refers as zucchini. The zucchini curry recipe has been passed down through generations, and it has become a staple in Pakistani households. Over time, variations of the dish have emerged, each with its own unique combination of spices and cooking methods and other ingredients.

Here we will guide you the step-by-step process of making Pakistani Zucchini Curry: Toriyan.

Ingredients with Quantity

  1. 750 gram medium-sized zucchini (Toriyan)
  2. 1 finely chopped Onion(Payaz)
  3. 2 chopped Tomatoes (Tamatar)
  4. 5-6 sliced green chilies (Hari mirch)
  5. ¼ cup oil
  6. 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (Zeera)
  7. 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste (Lehsan Adrak paste)
  8. 1& ½ teaspoon red chili powder (Lal Mirch)
  9. 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (Haldi)
  10. 1 teaspoon coriander powder (Dhania powder)
  11. 1 teaspoon garam masala
  12. 1 teaspoon or to taste Salt (Namak)
  13. ½ cup of Water
  14. ½ cup Water
  15. Fresh coriander leaves for garnish (Hara Dhania)
  16. Thin chopped green chilies (Hari Mirch)

Preparation of Pakistani Zucchini Curry: Toriyan

Step 1: Cutting the Ingredients

Pakistani Zucchini Curry: Toriyan
Pakistani Zucchini Curry: Toriyan
  1. Before we start the cooking process, it is essential to prepare all the ingredients properly.
  2. Wash the whole zucchini, then peel them with peeler and slice them into thin rounds.
  3. Finely chop the onion after peeling, chopped the tomatoes, and thin slice the green chilies.
  4. Gather all the required spices and have them readily available for cooking before starting.

Step 2: Preparing Tempering

  1. Take a deep pot and oil in it and heat on low medium flame.
  2. Then add chopped onions and sauté until onion turn golden. Then add ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute on low medium flame.
  3. Then add other spices like red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and salt into the sautéed onion mixture and cook them until spices well combined.
  4. Add little amount of water so that spices well cooked. Cover the pot and cook for 2 minutes on low flame.
  5. Then add chopped tomatoes and green chilies and cook them well on low flame until tomatoes are tender and oil separate.
  6. You can also add puree tomato instead of chopped tomatoes.

Step 3: Cooking Zucchini

  1. Now it’s time to add sliced zucchini into the deep pot and stir to coat them evenly with the spice mixture on low medium flame.
  2. Now add water and reduce the heat to low, cover the deep pot, and let the zucchini cook for about 10-12 minutes or until they become tender and all the water is reduced. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Note: zucchini also produce water while cooking so add water according to your taste.
  3. Cook on low flame to reduce all water until oil separate and then mesh them with wooden spoon.

Step 4: Adding Final Touch

When the zucchini is cooked and all water is reduced then add 1 tsp garam masala to add more flavor in Pakistani Zucchini Curry: Toriyan. Then add chopped fresh coriander to enhance flavor.


Now turn off the flame and remove the pot from heat and garnish the Pakistani Zucchini Curry with fresh coriander leaves, sliced green chilies.

Serving Suggestions

Now Pakistani Zucchini Curry: Toriyan is ready to serve. Serve hot with steamed rice or freshly made roti or naan.

Also serve fresh salad and raita to make toriyan more flavorful.

Health Tips

Zucchini is not only a delicious addition to recipes but also offers several health benefits which makes us healthy. It is low in calories and rich in fiber, making it an excellent choice for weight management and make us strong. Zucchini is also a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium and antioxidants, regulates blood sugar, boost immunity. It promotes healthy digestion, aids in hydration, and supports overall heart health and tackles anemia. It also helps to regain skin glow, lowers inflammation, also contain iron, magnesium, thiamine, riboflavin, and zinc etc. Toriyan also prevents premature greying and hair fall, this make roots stronger which reduces hair fall. It also reduce skin infection and other skin diseases. It purify the blood which help in preventing acne, pimple etc.


Q1: Can I add other vegetables to the Zucchini Curry?

Yes, you can customize the recipe by adding other vegetables like potatoes, bell peppers, or carrots. Just ensure that the cooking time is adjusted accordingly.

Q2: Is Zucchini Curry spicy?

You can adjust the level of spiciness according to your preference. You can add more or fewer green chilies or adjust the amount of red chili powder to make it mild or spicy.

Q3: Can I freeze leftover Zucchini Curry?

Yes, you can store the leftover curry in an airtight container and freeze it for future use. Thaw it before reheating and enjoy it again.

Q4: Can I substitute zucchini with a different vegetable?

While zucchini is the star ingredient of this dish, you can experiment with other vegetables such as yellow squash or eggplant to create variations of the curry.

Q5: Can I use canned tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes?

Yes, you can use canned tomatoes as a substitute for fresh tomatoes. However, adjust the quantity according to your taste preference and the consistency you desire.

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