Saturday, December 3, 2011


A mildly spiced kootu with a dominant coconut flavor.It is very healthy too.Other than chayote, snake gourd, squash can also be used for this kootu. This can be either had as an accompaniment for sambar or just have with plain rice

Chow Chow: 1
Split yellow Moong dhal: 1/4 cup
Water: 2.5 cups
Turmeric powder: 1/8 tsp
Asafoetida: a pinch
Grated coconut: 2 tablespoon
Red Chilli powder: 1/4 tsp (optional)
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Green chilli: 1 (or as per taste)
Salt: 3/4 tsp

To Temper
Oil: 2 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal: 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: a sprig

  1. Peel the vegetable(chow chow) and remove the seeds
  2. Chop the vegetable into small cubes. The peel/skin of chayote can be used to make Chow Chow peel thuvayal
  3. Add the vegetable and moong dhal in a pressure cooker
  4. Add 2.5 cups of water, turmeric powder,chilli powder and asafoetida and pressure cook for 3 whistles
  5. Meanwhile grind together coconut, cumin seeds and green chillies with little water
  6. Add this to the cooked dhal and vegetable mixture with salt and cook for a minute
  7. Finally temper with 1 tsp of oil,mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Cook dhal and chow chow together

Grind coconut,cumin seeds and chilli

Mix with cooked dhal


  1. delicious and I too make it the same way.
    indu srinivasan

  2. Super inviting and delicious kootu,love simply with hot steaming rice and pickle.

  3. looks delicious, loved the recipe, bookmarked it..