Chayote Chow Chow Kootu

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This 15 mins chowchow kootu is wonderfully delicious, with simple handy ingredients gives you the depth of flavors, perfectly seasoned easy enough to make everyday!

Shot of chow chow kootu recipe seasoned with dryredchillies and curryleaves served in bowl in black woooden backround

Chowchow kootu is the humble south Indian dish which is prepared in every household with their own version. Kootu is the “Tamil” word means “add” that is vegetables added with lentils.

Making side dishes can’t be easier than this! All you need to do is dump all the ingredients (except the seasoning) in a pressure cooker and cook for a couple of whistles, That’s it. It’s DONE!! In south India, this kootu is served in lunch as a side dish.

This hearty sides dish always holds the special place in every home of south India.

How to pick chayote?

  • When buying chayote, search for the fruit that is firm and splendid shaded. The chayote skin ought not to be loose or excessively wrinkled.

How long does it take to cook chayote?

  • It takes around 8 to 10 minutes high. Smaller pieces of the chayote squash will cook quicker however you can test for the doneness by piercing with a fork. The chayote ought to be delicate yet at the same time slightly firm.

Does chayote need to be peeled?

  • Your initial step is to peel off the skin, remove the delicate side inside, as a fruit it tends to overflow a somewhat sticky substance when peeled.
  • Hold the chayote in one hand, and peel off the skin with the normal vegetable peeler pivoting as you would do with potato and Chop the chayote in small cubes.    

What are the other dals can likewise be used in this recipe?

  • You can use toor dal-1 Cup or the blend of toor dal and yellow moong dal works best for this recipe. Always soak the dals 15 mins earlier cooking. It decreases the cooking time.

Variation you can make in this recipe?

  • Take Grated Coconut – 3 tbs
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Dry Red chili – 3 with little water crush to a fine paste. Blend the coconut mixture once the dal is cooked.

 Step by step pictures to make chayote kootu:

Ingredients like chopped onions, chayote, green chilli,curryleaves and a cup of dal is taken in a white glass plate
prepare your ingredients for chow chow kootu.
Ingredients like chopped onion,chayote,curryleaves,dal, turmeric powder are taken in pressure cooker
Add all the above ingredients and turmeric powder,salt in a pressure cooker. Add 2 cups of water.
Red pressure cooker with whistle on is placed on the stovetop
Pressure cook for 2 whistles, Before open, wait until the pressure subsides.
Urud dal and mustard seeds is taken in a small glass bowl is being added to a small seasoing pan
For seasoning: Heat up sesame oil, add in mustard seeds and urud dal. Let it splutter.
curryleaves,dryredchilli and dal is being seasoned in a small seasoning pan placed on stovetop
Add in dry chilies and handful of curry leaves. saute for 10 seconds.
seasoned ingredients like dryredchilli,curryleaves and dal is being poured to the cooked chayote in pressurecooker
Add the seasoning to the chow chow kootu.
cooked chayote,dal and curryleaves is in pressure cooker
Give a good mix. Check for salt.  chow chow kootu is ready! 

Chayote kootu is seasoned with dryredchili,mustard,curryleaves is placed on the serving bowl with black wooden backround

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Chayote Chow Chow Kootu recipe


  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x

Description

Chow chow kootu without coconut/Chayote kootu recipe is the simple and quick side dishes that you can make with in 15 mins. It blends with dals and seasoned with dry chillies and curry leaves.Chow chow kootu without coconut is the most common recipe that we make in every house hold in tamil nadu. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 Piece Chayote (Medium Size)
  • 1 Cup Moong Dal
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 Piece Onion
  • 3 tsp Dry Red Chili
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seed
  • 1 tsp Urud dal
  • 1 Spring Curry Leaves

Instructions

  1. Pressure cook chayote, moong dal, onion, turmeric powder adding 2 cups of water for 2 whistles.
  2. Heat up sesame oil, add mustard seeds, urud dal, dry red chillies, sprig of curry leaves saute for 10 seconds.
  3. Add the seasoning to the kootu.
  4. mix them well.
  5. cook in simmer for 5 mins.

Notes

Variation you can make in this recipe?

  • Take Grated Coconut – 3 tbs
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Dry Red chili – 3 with little water crush to a fine paste. Blend the coconut mixture once the dal is cooked.    

What are the other dals can likewise be used in this recipe?

  • You can use toor dal-1 Cup or the blend of toor dal and yellow moong dal works best for this recipe. Always soak the dals 15 mins earlier cooking. It decreases the cooking time.
  • Category: Lunch/ breakfast
  • Cuisine: Indian

 

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