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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Chow Chow Kootu Curry (Kerala Style) | Chayote Curry

Chayote is a low calorie,fiber rich vegetable.It is a good source of  vitamin B complex and contains moderate levels of potassium.Though I have heard about this veggie long back,but never was in my grocery list until recently when I caught hold of these light green veggie.The vegetable has a mild flavor and so it has to be added to some lentils or other vegetables to enhance the tastes as far as Indian cooking is concerned.This is the first time I tried a kootu with chayote(chow chow) and was good.Do give this healthy dish a try and enjoy !!!

toor dal or moong dal  1/4 cup(I used toor dal)
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
garlic sliced 2
chayote/chow chow 1
sambar powder 1 tsp
hing/asafoetida a pinch
salt to taste

to grind 
coconut 3 tbsp
cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
shallots 2

to temper
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
dry red chillies 2
curry leaves few
oil 2tsp

  • Wash and pressure cook the dal for 3 whistles with enough water,garlic slices,salt and turmeric powder.
  • Wash and peel the skin of chayote.This releases a sap or sticky latex,so use gloves or peel and wash under running water.Chop in medium sized pieces.keep aside.

  • Add the chayote pieces once the dal is semi cooked.And cook again for 2 whistles.
  • In the mean time,grind the coconut,cumin seeds and shallots to a smooth paste.
  • Once the pressure is released from cooker,open and add sambar powder,adjust salt.Add in the ground mix,bring to a boil.Let the curry thicken slightly.Turn off flame as it tends to thicken while cooling down.
  • Heat another pan,add oil.Splutter mustard seeds,curry leaves and fry red dry chillies.Add this to the curry,mix well.Serve warm with rice !!
Servings ~ 5 adults as side dish

* You can add chayote and dal together and cook for 3 whistles but I wished the chayote pieces slightly tender and not mushy.
* You can use chana dal or moong dal to make kootu.


Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

will make it soon, have to use that chow chow. looks delicious.

FLAVZCORNER said... Best Blogger Tips

I always see them in Indian store, but never dared to buy it. This recipe sounds simple and if it tastes similar to samabar, why not, I will give try. Thanks for sharing!!

Sherin said... Best Blogger Tips

want to try this one....yum

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice. Looks like an amazing dish worth trying.

Nargis Aara said... Best Blogger Tips

This curry looks absolutely perfect!!

Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

Color of the gravy looks attractive

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

I have never tried this vegetable... this looks so good...

Ruxana Gafoor said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so yummy..

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious kootu

Cathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum! This curry looks so good!!

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks too yummy.. Never tried this veggie.. Will try soon.

Sinthika Jasmine said... Best Blogger Tips

I tried this out and it turned out to be really yumm as I expected it to be ...I added tomatoes too. Adding if to my cookbook recipes ..:-))

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for trying,Sinthika... Am glad you liked it :)