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.
PREP TIME: 5 Mins
COOKING TIME: 15 Mins
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.
STEP 2: Add chopped chow-chow, moong dal and onion to a cooker and pressure cook for 4 whistles.
STEP 4: Heat oil in a pan add urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
STEP 5: Add the pressure cooked vegetable, salt & chilli powder and mix well.
STEP 6: Cook for 5 minutes and turn off the heat.
TIP: Mix this Kootu with white rice, add a spoon of ghee and serve with papad.