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Diwali recipe: How to make Zucchini Coconut Dumplings

By Shipra Dudeja
October 18, 2014 09:13 IST
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Rediff reader and food blogger Shipra Dudeja from Sweden tells us how she discovered this interesting sweet recipe.

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My mother used to make bottle gourd fudge on festivals, specially on Karva Chowth and Janmasthami and I remember how my siblings and I used to fight on having more.

This is one of my few favourites among sweets as I don’t have a sweet tooth .

I love its mild taste and soft crumbling texture.

Coconut goes so well with bottle gourd and this is something I wanted to make but finding bottle gourd in Stockholm is like finding Nemo but who cares :)

When life does not give us bottle gourd, we use courgettes.

So here is my recipe for Courgettes and Coconut Sweet Dumplings:

Courgette Sweet Dumplings


  • 2 medium size courgettes or zucchini (peeled and grated)
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 1/2 ts cardamom powder
  • 1 cup coconut crumbs
  • Handful of almonds for garnishing


  • Heat a pan and add ghee in it.
  • Add grated courgettes and roast them for around 15 minutes on medium flame. It might take a little time as the water released from courgettes needs to be soaked completely .
  • Keep stirring till the courgettes becomes soft and mushy and water is soaked.
  • Turn of the burner and let it cool.
  • Once cool, add sugar, cardamom powder, coconut crumbs and mix well.
  • Take a small portion of the mixture and shape them in balls.
  • Coat these balls in coconut crumbs and garnish them with crushed almonds.



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