Thursday, February 2, 2017

Chayote Kootu | Chow Chow Kootu without coconut

Chow Chow/Chayote Kootu, an easy & healthy kootu that goes well with any spicy kulambu varieties.I have been making this kootu atleast once in a week,but few days before only i noticed that it's not been on the blog yet.Here in the recipe, i used pressure cooker to speed up the process, but you can cook this kootu in open pot too.
Chop,put all together in pressure cooker and finally do the tempering, that's it,your chow chow kootu is ready to serve. It's been an ideal dish to try on busy day.

Chow Chow Kootu

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Kootu | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Chayote/Chow Chow(medium) - 1
Moong dal - 1/4 cup
Green chili - 2 to 3
Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves - few
To Temper
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard & urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Pearl onion(fined chopped) - 2 
Curry leaves - few
Red chili - 1/2 

In a pressure cooker, add the moong dal along with asafoetida powder and water.Turn on the heat and place the pressure cooker and bring it to boil, in the mean time peel the chayote and remove the center white part and cut into small pieces,slit the green chilies.Once the dal comes to boil, keep the flame in medium for 3 mins.
Then add the chayote ,green chili & turmeric powder and cover the pressure cooker with lid and put on weight and cook it for 3 whistle.
Now mash the dal gently with laddle and add water as per your required consistency & salt,bring it to boil again.In the mean time, in a another pan, temper the ingredients listed under "To Temper".
Add the tempering into the kootu and switch off the flame.Finally garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Tasty & healthy Chow Chow Kootu is ready.


  • Adjust the green chili as per your taste.
  • You can add a tbsp of grated coconut for extra flavor.
  • Initial 5 mins cooking of dal alone helps to give mushy dal and adding chayote later helps to retain the shape of chayote.If dal & chayote are cooked together, then chayote would become too mushy.

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