Chow-chow Kootu – Chayote Gravy – Mellow tasting – Tasty gravy

Chayote commonly known as chow-chow in India is an edible plant. Chow-chow can be served raw in salads or cooked. It is also a good source of Vitamin C. Chow-Chow Kootu is a mellow tasting gravy that is usually served as a side dish for rice. As the Kootu is not very spicy it can be mixed to rice with some ghee and given to kids.

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Chow-chow – 1

Onion – 1 chopped

Moong dal – 100 grams

Urad dal – 1/2 tea spoon

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Cumin seeds – 1.5 teaspoons

Oil – ½ teaspoon

Chilli powder – ½ teaspoon

Salt – per taste


STEP 1: Wash the chow-how, peel and cut into half vertically. Remove the seed from the centre the vegetable and discard. Chop the chow-how into small cubes.

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STEP 2: Add chopped chow-chow, moong dal and onion to a cooker and pressure cook for 4 whistles.

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STEP 4: Heat oil in a pan add urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves.

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STEP 5: Add the pressure cooked vegetable, salt & chilli powder and mix well.

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STEP 6: Cook for 5 minutes and turn off the heat.

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TIP: Mix this Kootu with white rice, add a spoon of ghee and serve with papad.

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