Thursday, February 2, 2017

Chayote Kootu | Chow Chow Kootu without coconut

Chow Chow / Chayote Kootu, an easy to make healthy & delicious kootu that goes well with any spicy kulambu varieties. It's one of our family favourites and I have been making this kootu at least once in a week as an accompaniment for our lunch meal. 

This kootu is one of the dump all together in a pressure cooker recipes. In today's recipe, i have used pressure cooker to speed up the process, but you can cook this kootu in open pot too. 

Tips to make delicious kootu 

  • Don't skip the pearl onions in the tempering. It truly elevates the taste of the kootu.
  • I have used the coconut oil in the tempering, it gives a nice aroma and taste to the kootu and also you won't miss the coconut in the kootu.

Chow Chow Kootu

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Kootu | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Chow Chow Kootu, Chayote Kootu, Kootu Recipes Chow Chow / Chayote Kootu, an easy to make healthy & delicious kootu that goes well with any spicy kulambu varieties.
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
Coconut 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.

Related: How to make white pumpkin kootu


  • 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.
  • If you cook dal and chayote together, then make sure to chop the chayote in big pieces so that it doesn't disintegrate in the dal.

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