Chow Chow Kootu-Chayote Kootu
Prep Time : 10 mins
Recipe Category: Side Dish
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
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
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.
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.
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. Enjoy!
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Delicious and healthy curry.
Oh! Chow-chow with eyes 🙂 Looks like two cute frogies.
This is so lovely…the chayote looks so cute….beautiful presentation.
I love this kootu anytime with some papads and pickles..yumm!
very heathy kootu..my fav.we used to add fried urad dal for grinding..this looks diff ….will try it soon
wow lovely n healthy dish!
Kootu looks so delicious and healthy.
Cute Click Paddu & very creamy dish, apt with vatha kuzhambu & any spicy gravy
Very yummy kootu..
Chutney kadalai do you mean pottu kadalai?.Wow that's a nice variation to grind pottu kadlai for kootu.
Chayote looks so cutee.. nice idea.. dish looks super
my mom used to make this often and i love it–it looks swell !
Perfect with some hot rice n ghee 🙂
my favorite kootu dear…. looks great…. bookmarked…..
Chayote kootu looks delicious.
padminiji,kootu looks delicious
sounds good, Very cute chow-chow with naughty eyes:-)
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.
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
hahaa…those chayote look so cute and you're always very creative on these. I love it!
awesome…luv dat foto…CUTE…hav a nice time:-)
You have a very good space.. I make a very similar version of chow chow koottu.. looks delicious..
when ever i used to see this veggie, i never what to cook with it, this looks like a great dish..Looks yumm Padhu..
tasty and delicious veggie
looks healthy and delicious dear 🙂
presentation is just superb…loved the recipe too
my fav looks good, beautiful chow chow fish:)!!!!
Healthy and delicious kootu..Cute presentation, Padhu 🙂
Healthy kootu padhu..liked ur presentation..
Delicious kootu..nice presentation.
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 ..
ha ha those chow looks darn cute!
Hi Today I made this kootu.It was simply awesome
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
Prepared this on last friday…it was fabulous!!
Dear Padhu – this is now a staple in my home. It is delicious. Thank you!
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
thank u padhu,all ur receipes are excellent,easy to cook.
all ur receipes are simply superb.i have tried many,they taste exellent.thank u
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!
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.
Very nice kuttu,we use coconut ,cumin seed and pepper for grinding
Always wondered what can be made out of this vegetable. Tried it and it came out delicious. Thank u
Thanks for this recipe. I made it today and it was very delicious 🙂
Thanku it was yummy n taste and loved by MA hubyy
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…
Excellent recipe tried today and was awesome
Trying it now. Bought chayote for the first time. It is smelling great. BTW You have a nice website.
May I know which oil gives an authentic feel? Coconut or sesame
I use both oils for cooking. For this recipe, coconut oil gives more flavor but you can also use sesame seed oil.