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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Todays post is a simple chow chow kootu recipe. Chow chow / chayote is not liked by many, but we all like it in our family. Be it chow chow sambar or chow chow curry we like it. This one also one of our favorite and goes well with vathal kuzhambu or poondu kuzhambu or any spicy kuzhambu. I am comfortable in making this kootu in small pressure cooker as chow chow take some time to get cooked. Otherwise I always prefer stove top boiling method for cooking kootu.  Will come up with interesting posts, as of now, enjoy this simple mild kootu recipe!

Chow chow kootu recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 4


Chow chow/ chayote - 1 big

Moong dal/ channa dal - 1/4 cup

Sambar powder - 1 tsp

Small onions - 4

Turmeric - 1/8 tsp

Salt - As needed

To grind

Coconut, freshly grated - 1/4 cup

Jeera - 1/2 tsp

Rice flour(optional) - 1/2 tsp

To temper

Oil - 1 tsp

Mustard - 3/4 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Curry leaves - 1 sprig


  1. Peel off the skin of chow chow, divide into two halves vertically, take off the seed and the thick part around it. Wash and chop into tiny squares or as desired. In a small pressure cooker, add the chopped veggie, sambar powder, turmeric and salt.
  2. 1-kootu
  3. Add one cup water in such a way it dissolves the powders and salt and mix. Make sure the dal is immersed in water. Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  4. 2-kootu
  5. Mean while grind coconut with jeera and rice flour with little water to a paste. I first grind the coconut with rice flour well, then add jeera lastly and grind coarsely as its flavourful that way. Add it to the cooked vegetable and mix well. Bring to boil. Lastly temper with the items give under “To temper” table, followed by the finely chopped small onion and mix well.
  6. 3-kootu


    • I temper with coconut oil for extra flavour.
    • Comes our great with both moong and channa dal (pasi paruppu / kadala parppu) I made with moong dal this time.
    • Instead of tempering the shallots, you can grind it coarsely along coconut, while adding jeera. Another variation is without sambar powder, adding green chillies while grinding coconut.

Serve with any kuzhambu varieties, or eat as such with steamed rice and ghee. Comforting!!


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  1. this is my favourite kootu! absolutely love the sweetness of chayote

  2. I make the same adding green chillies. Love it a lot :)

  3. So homey and very comforting kootu!!!

  4. My fave kootu. Nice clicks, looks delicious.

  5. one of my fav kootu ...I have standard sets of recipes from chow chow and this is one of it along with the dal ...looks yum

  6. looks yummy !!! my sister does the same procedure!!! lovely bowl !

  7. Mouth watering .... I did the same .... But didn't added turmeric n rice flour...

  8. lovely clicks and nice bowl...my all time favorite kootu

  9. Love the bowl n the kootu

  10. Nice recipe. Guess u forgot to mention abt shallots in method

  11. Nice recipe. Guess u forgot to mention abt shallots in method

    1. Yeah!! Thanks for noticing and letting me know, will update! :)

  12. I sometimes add curry powder to this kootu for a spicier taste..looks delicious..absolutely love that bowl..

  13. Nice one. Just having the similar one but with cabbage now. looks inviting.

  14. U wouldn't believe me if i tell u that I dint cook chow chow kootu just because it was not there in ur blog :)
    just had lunch and i open the laptop to see that u have uploaded the kootu :)..

  15. One of my fav kootu... I make the similar way.. Looks delicious :) I love all ur props raks !!

  16. This looks so comforting n hearty.Chow chow is my favorite too :)

  17. Delicious and colorful kootu.

  18. Very nice - I make this often!

  19. Sounds delicious, chow chow is one of my favorite veggies. New to me, will try next time I get chow chow.

  20. I too love chow chow & my amma also prepares kootu in a very similar way :) Love this simple comfort food :)

  21. Love this comforting kootu anytime. Love this cute prop

  22. Looks very tempting....nice recipe too

  23. Hi, Is Chow chow n dal added together or boiled separately????

  24. Good one :) Thanks for the easiest recipe.

  25. I am not very fond of cooking..But your recipes are so easy and simple, I am just loving it. I just tried this recipe today and it has come out very delicious...Thanks...

  26. Hi Raks, I tried this kootu though i am not fond of Chow chow and followed each and every step mentioned and it really turned out to be a good dish.. My husband liked it very much. Your blog is very nice and it really helps.. Keep Rocking... :-)

  27. Hi,
    I tried this.It turned out very tasty.

  28. Hai Raks...
    i tried the similar one with capsivum and zuchini too..it came out well...


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