Today’s recipe is a simple, versatile vegetarian kootu recipe- Chow Chow Kootu or Chayote Kootu. This recipe is similar to my Kathirikai Paruppu Kootu.
Kootu is a lentil and vegetable stew made in South India, especially in Tamilnadu and Kerala cuisines. The word “kootu” in Tamil means “add” which is adding vegetable with lentils to form a dish in semi-solid consistency.
Chow chow is rich in nutrients. It promotes heart health, supports liver function, has anticancer properties, rich in antioxidants, slows down aging etc..,
With many health benefits, including them in our diet gives good healthy lifestyle. Making it tasty makes us to crave for the food. This is one such recipe😊
Any kind of dal- toor dal, chana dal, moong dal can be used. In today’s recipe, we are going to see the way of making it with moong dal.
If you are making it with toor dal or chana dal, pressure cook the dal separate and boil the chow chow separate till it is cooked well with chilli powder / sambhar powder. Add required salt both sides. Then add both together. Rest is the same way if making!!
Chow chow Kootu goes well with vathakulambu, pulikulambu, rasam, sambhar along with rice. At times when I don’t get much time to cook, I mix this kootu along with rice directly and it tastes so good which makes it a complete meal. Just add some ghee on rice.
Let us jump into the recipe now❤
- Chow chow/ chayote – 2
- Moong dal/ toor dal/ chana dal- 1/4th cup
- Small onion- 4 to 5 ( chopped)
- Tomato- 1 small ( cut)
- Green chilli- 2
- Garlic- 4 cloves
- Curry leaves- 1 sprig
- Chilli powder with coriander powder mix/ sambhar powder- 1 tsp
- Coconut- size as shown in the picture or 2 to 3 tbsp of grated coconut
- Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
- Fennel seeds- 1/4th tsp
- Mustard seeds- 1/4th tsp
- Asafoedita powder- generous pinch
- Turmeric powder- 1/4th tsp
- Salt- as needed
- Coriander leaves- little.
Clean the dal well and use it. You can also soak dal in water for 15 minutes to reduce cooking time.
- Use sesame oil or coconut oil for better taste.
- One red chilli can be added to the tadka if you would prefer.
- You can also use sambhar powder in place of chilli powder with coriander powder mix.