Chow Chow kootu recipe / Chayote recipe

Chow Chow kootu recipe / Chayote kootu recipe

How to make Chow Chow kootu

Chow Chow kootu – Chow Chow kootu is a simple, delicious and nutritious side dish which goes well with steamed rice and kuzhambu varieties. It also goes well with roti or plain rice with ghee. 

This South Indian stew is made with vegetables, dal and coconut paste along with spices. It is mildly spiced and nutritious which makes it ideal for kids and elderly.

Chow Chow kootu recipe

Cooking instructions with step by step pictures

Pre preparation

  •  Peel the chayote / chow chow and remove the seeds. Roughly chop it into small cubes.
  • Wash the dal thoroughly and soak it in water for 10 minutes.
  • Grate or chop the coconut and keep it aside. 

Instructions

In a small pressure cooker, preferably 2L pressure cooker, add chopped chow chow and chana dal. 

Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt.

Pressure cook for 3 whistles with water on high flame. Let the pressure release naturally.

Meanwhile grind coconut, rice flour and cumin seeds together. First grind the coconut finely along with rice flour and then add the cumin seeds and grind coarsely to retain the aroma of cumin seeds.

Open the pressure cooker and check for doneness of the vegetable.

Now add the ground paste to the pressure cooker and mix well.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds seeds crackle add urad dal and chana dal. 

Once the dals are browned, add curry leaves and green chilli. Add a pinch of asafoetida.

Pour the tadka mixture into the pressure cooker and allow it to boil for around 5 minutes on low flame. 

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Chow Chow kootu recipe

Recipe notes

  • Tempering can be done with coconut oil which gives a unique flavour. But other oils can also be used.
  • Both moong dal and chana dal can be used in this recipe. 
  • You can substitute sambar powder with additional green chillies. It gives a different taste to the recipe.
  • This is a no onion no garlic recipe. You can make this kootu even with onions and garlic.
Chow Chow kootu recipe
Chow Chow kootu recipe / Chayote recipe

Chow Chow kootu recipe / Chayote kootu recipe

Dr. Monica
Chow Chow kootu is a simple, delicious and nutritious side dish which goes well with steamed rice and kuzhambu varieties. It also goes well with roti or plain rice with ghee.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3
Calories 130 kcal

Equipment

  • 2L pressure cooker
  • Tadka pan
  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 no chow chow / chayote
  • ¼ cup chana dal
  • 1 tsp sambar powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup grated coconut
  • ½ tsp rice flour
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp urad dal
  • ½ tsp chana dal
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 green chilli
  • A pinch of asafoetida

Instructions
 

  • Peel the chayote / chow chow and remove the seeds. Roughly chop it into small cubes.
  • Wash the dal thoroughly and soak it in water for 10 minutes.
  • Grate or chop the coconut and keep it aside.
  • In a small pressure cooker, preferably 2L pressure cooker, add chopped chow chow and chana dal.
  • Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt.
  • Pressure cook for 3 whistles with water on high flame. Let the pressure release naturally.
  • Meanwhile grind coconut, rice flour and cumin seeds together. First grind the coconut finely along with rice flour and then add the cumin seeds and grind coarsely to retain the aroma of cumin seeds.
  • Open the pressure cooker and check for doneness of the vegetable.
  • Now add the ground paste to the pressure cooker and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds seeds crackle add urad dal and chana dal.
  • Once the dals are browned, add curry leaves and green chilli. Add a pinch of asafoetida.
  • Pour the tadka mixture into the pressure cooker and allow it to boil for around 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Notes

  • Tempering can be done with coconut oil which gives a unique flavour. But other oils can also be used.
  • Both moong dal and chana dal can be used in this recipe.
  • You can substitute sambar powder with additional green chillies. It gives a different taste to the recipe.
  • This is a no onion no garlic recipe. You can make this kootu even with onions and garlic.
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