Chayote squash is versatile vegetable in India, My Amma often cooks this veggie in kootu or in Poriyal form. It taste very good like white pumpkin, I like the poriyal She makes in this veggie. My Hubby likes the Chow-Chow kootu n Sambar very much,, it also very good veggie for weight-watchers. I cooked this chow-chow kootu with spinach poriyal n Okra poriyal for our dinner, My Hubby enjoyed it very much it was a complete healthy meal for us. Here, is the easy chow-chow kootu recipe for you as follows,
1.Peeled and Cubed Chayote Squash - 1 no
2.Chana dal - 1 cup
3.Chopped tomatoes - 1 big
4.Sliced onions - 1/2 medium
5.Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
6.Salt as reqd
1.Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
2.Green chillies - 3 no's
3.Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
1.Canola Oil - 2 tsp
2.Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
3.Curry leaves - 2 strings
1.Cook the chana dal, sliced onions, chopped tomatoes and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles, after that open the pan add the cubed chow-chow to the dal mixture stir it well and cook for 1 whistle.
2.Grind the coconut, chillies n cumin seeds to fine paste. Keep it aside.
3.After the dal n chayote cooked well, open the lid of the pressure pan add the grounded coconut paste and salt. Stir it well and leave it cook in medium flame for 10-15 mts till the raw smell goes off.
4.In the separate frying pan, season the ingredients under for seasoning and pour it on top of the kootu.
5.Now the Curry leaves flavour rich Chow-Chow kootu is ready to serve with hot rice and any veggie or greens poriyal.