Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chayote Kootu-Chow Chow Kootu recipe-Chayote kootu recipe

This is a very simple Kootu recipe which is very common in my house .I love all types of kootu as it does not require much oil and is easy on the digestive system .This can be had as a side dish for rice or chapati or it can even be had by mixing it with rice topped with a tsp of ghee. All you need for this is some papads or any simple salads or pickles to go with it.You can use either moong dal or tur dal or a mix of both for this recipe. Now let us learn to make this simple Chayote Kootu/chow chow kootu following this easy recipe.
Chayote Kootu-chow chow kootu

Chow Chow Kootu-Chayote Kootu

Chow Chow Kootu

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Chayote/chow chow - 2 cups chopped
   Moong dal (split yellow ones) or tur dal - 1/4 cup or a mix of both dals
   Fresh peas - 1/4 cup (optional)
   Sambar powder - 1 tsp
   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Salt to taste

   Ingredients for Grinding (no need to fry)

   Coconut grated - 3 tbsp
   Fried gram (chutney kadalai/pottukadalai) - 2 tsp
   Cumin seeds/jeera -1 tsp
   Red chilli -1

   For the seasoning

   Oil-1 tsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Urad dal (split urad dal) - 1 tsp
   Hing/asafoetida - a pinch
   Curry leaves - little


Peel the skin, remove the soft seed inside and chop the chayote into small cubes.

Grind coconut, jeera, red chilli and fried gram with little water to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Soak dal for 15 minutes to reduce cooking time and to save energy. If using tur dal alone, you have to pressure cook tur dal separately as it will take a longer time to get cooked.You do not have to pressure cook dal separately if you are using a mix of moong dal + tur dal or just moong dal alone.

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Easier Method of preparing kootu

Take a pressure pan or small cooker, add the chopped chayote, soaked dal, sambar powder, turmeric powder, fresh peas, salt needed and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker, add the ground coconut paste, 1/4 cup of water and bring it to boil. Switch off the flame.

Heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, hing and curry leaves. When dal turns golden brown, pour the seasoning over the kootu.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or roti.

Another method 

Cook chayote in water adding sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt needed until soft. Keep it aside.

Pressure cook tur dal until soft. (only if you use tur dal alone, otherwise you can add it along with the chow chow and cook chow chow and dal together)

Now add the dal mixture (if you have used tur dal), ground coconut paste to the cooked chayote and bring it to boil.

Add the seasoning to the kootu, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot. 

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  1. Oh! Chow-chow with eyes :) Looks like two cute frogies.

    Lite Bite

  2. This is so lovely...the chayote looks so cute....beautiful presentation.

  3. I love this kootu anytime with some papads and pickles..yumm!

  4. very heathy fav.we used to add fried urad dal for grinding..this looks diff ....will try it soon

  5. Kootu looks so delicious and healthy.

  6. Cute Click Paddu & very creamy dish, apt with vatha kuzhambu & any spicy gravy

  7. Chutney kadalai do you mean pottu kadalai?.Wow that's a nice variation to grind pottu kadlai for kootu.

  8. Chayote looks so cutee.. nice idea.. dish looks super

  9. my mom used to make this often and i love it--it looks swell !

  10. Perfect with some hot rice n ghee :)

    US Masala

  11. my favorite kootu dear.... looks great.... bookmarked.....

  12. Chayote kootu looks delicious.

  13. padminiji,kootu looks delicious

  14. sounds good, Very cute chow-chow with naughty eyes:-)

  15. Chayote is one vegetable that I have not tried as this is not used in Kerala cusine.When we moved to US I used to see this in Indian stores and always wondered how to use it.Thanks to you I have a nice recipe using ingredients that I have.Loved your presentation not only of this one but the entire posts in your blog.Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  16. pottukadalai in kootu sounds very new to me and will try out nextt ime..Nice combo of chowchow and peas.Kootu is always my family's fav dish

  17. hahaa...those chayote look so cute and you're always very creative on these. I love it!

  18. awesome...luv dat foto...CUTE...hav a nice time:-)

  19. You have a very good space.. I make a very similar version of chow chow koottu.. looks delicious..

  20. when ever i used to see this veggie, i never what to cook with it, this looks like a great dish..Looks yumm Padhu..

  21. presentation is just superb...loved the recipe too

  22. my fav looks good, beautiful chow chow fish:)!!!!

  23. Healthy and delicious kootu..Cute presentation, Padhu :)

  24. Healthy kootu padhu..liked ur presentation..

  25. Delicious kootu..nice presentation.

  26. Love the google eyes you've put on the chow chow -this is a favorite in our home and i learnt it thirunelveli style from my mother in law ..

  27. Hi Today I made this kootu.It was simply awesome

  28. Hi again I made this today but while grinding instead of red chilly I added pepper.It tastes awesome.

    This has become my favorite dish indeed

  29. Prepared this on last was fabulous!!

  30. Dear Padhu - this is now a staple in my home. It is delicious. Thank you!

  31. Dear Padhu
    Though we prepare this dish regularly, the above variation is indeed yummy yummy. Thanks a lot for sharing recipes. Hats off to your thoughtful efforts. Aruna

  32. thank u padhu,all ur receipes are excellent,easy to cook.

  33. Dear Padhu
    all ur receipes are simply superb.i have tried many,they taste exellent.thank u

  34. Can someone please post Indian recipes that don't need pressure cookers?! Not all of us have them, you know! And the ones we get in the US don't "whistle," so things like "cook for 2 or 3 whistles" means nothing to us. Thanks!

    1. Hi Rama - If you do not have a pressure cooker, you can cook in a pan with a lid until soft. It will take a longer time-that's all. We are using Pressure cooker to speed up the process.

  35. Very nice kuttu,we use coconut ,cumin seed and pepper for grinding

  36. Always wondered what can be made out of this vegetable. Tried it and it came out delicious. Thank u

  37. Thanks for this recipe. I made it today and it was very delicious :)

  38. Thanku it was yummy n taste and loved by MA hubyy

  39. Tried your recipe with Pottu Kadalai & the taste was yummyyy.. Chow Chow is pretty famous in HK but here ppl use it it with Noodles soup & meat...

  40. Excellent recipe tried today and was awesome


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