Chow Chow Kootu(Chayote Squash Kootu)

My friend who makes arachi vekkira pulikuzhambu always pairs it with this wonderful kootu, and it is a winning combination. The chow chow is simmered along with channa dal until both are soft and creamy.

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2 medium chayote squash, peeled and cut into small cubes

1 cup of channa dal

6 green chillies chopped

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin

salt to taste

For tempering:

2 tsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard

1 tsp urad dal

1 red chilly broken

curry leaves


Place the channa dal, cumin and turmeric in a pan. Cook until the dal is just turning soft. Add the chopped chayote, green chillies and salt  to the pan. Cover and cook until the chayote is soft. Check for seasoning.

Do the tadka in a seperate pan by heating the oil and letting the mustard seeds splutter, add the urad dal and when it turns brown, add the broken chilly and curry leaves. Add the tadka to the dal mixture.

Verdict: The chow chow kootu was creamy and sweet. Perfect combination to the spicy pulikuzhambu. It tasted even better with curd rice.

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