Aug 11, 2014

Chow Chow Kootu Recipe / Chayote Kootu Recipe

I kind of stay away from this veg chow chow. I dont buy them regularly. But amma buys them often and make kootu, poriyal with them. I have tasted them and it taste good only. Somehow i have not posted a single recipe using this veg. So when i went shopping few weeks back, i saw this veg and picked one.I decided to treat them and cook them like my papaya kootu or snake gourd kootu..

It was so fresh which insisted me to cook with that the next day itself. If not i never end up using them. So immediately i made the kootu and it turned out so yummy. I made some lachha paratha for lunch and served this kootu with them. It was delicious.

I love to add rice flour in my kootu recipe. It make the kootu creamy and makes it look silky. You have to try it to see the results.  In the mean time i have so many kootu recipes in my blog, check them too...So give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 25 to 30 mins
Serves : 5 to 6


Chow Chow / Chayote - 1 medium size chopped
Yellow Split Moong Dal / Pasi Paruppu - 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water - 1.5 to 2 cups 

For Grinding:
Fresh Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
Dry Red Chillies - 2 to 3
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Rice Flour / Arisi Mavu - 1 tsp

For Seasoning:
Coconut Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu -  1tsp
Curry leaves a sprig


Take chow chow, dal, turmeric powder and salt in a pressure cooker. Add in some water. Cover and pressure cook for 3 whistle. Switch off the heat and let them steam escape all by itself.

While the dal and veg is cooking, take all the ingredients for grinding in a blender and puree them to a smooth paste.

Open the cooker and add the coconut masala. Mix well and simmer for 5 to 10 mins.

Now make tempering by heating oil and crackling mustard, urad dal and curry leaves.

Pour this over the curry and mix well.

Serve with rice or roti.

Take a fresh chayote
cut the top off
Slice them
cube them
take them in a pressure cooker
add in washed yellow moong dal
pour some water
some salt
and some turmeric powder
mix well
pressure cook for 3 whistle
While it is cooking, take coconut in a blender
add in dry red chillies
add a tsp of cumin seeds
a tsp of rice flour
make it into a smooth paste
Now the dal and veg is cooked
add masala in
mix well and simmer for 8 to 10 mins
keep stiring
now the curry is done
make seasoning by heating oil and crackling spices
pour it over the curry


  1. Love the photo by photo directions. This looks like a perfect

    I love the use of coconut in dinner items. Looks delicious.

    Blessings, Catherine.

  2. yummy kootu... looks delicious....

  3. Kootu looks so delicious and mouthwatering. Thanks a lot for showing us step by step method of the dish.

  4. Thanks for your recipe. While coming back home today i.e 16.11.14, I have discussed about Chou Chou Kootu (Bengalur kathirikkai Kootu) with my colleague. When, I read your recipe, I felt that, this is very simple to make. Instead of reading and learn your recipe, it is very easy to learn this recipe through your photos. Well presented. Keep it up.

  5. Thanks for your recipe.. I made it today and it is tasty.. I like your blog and thanks for showing us step by step procedure with photos.

  6. One one by photo easy to understanding first time cooking.
    Thank you..

  7. Thanks very much for your tasty recipe.

  8. Can we do without rice flour. Instead of rice flour wat can we use.


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