Chayote Delight

Chow-chow kootu is a South Indian curry prepared with lentils & coconut masala. Chow-chow kootu is my husband’s favorite kootu and hence I prepare this dish quite often. It goes well any kuzhambu or rasam except morkuzhambu.

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Health benefits of chayote: It is recommended for women to include chayote in their diet before and during pregnancy as it prevents neural defects in newborns. Chayote is also a rich source of dietary fiber & contains no saturated fat; so it is good for reducing cholesterol and helps in weight management also.

We need to buy a tender chow chow as shown below and it is better to avoid hard fibrous chow chow. Now lets look into the recipe for chow-chow kootu:

Time Taken: 30 min

Serves: 4


  1. Chayote (chow-chow) – 2 Nos.
  2. Cooked greengram lentil – 1/2 cup
  3. Coconut oil – 1 tsp
  4. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  5. Onion – 1 No.
  6. Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

For Grinding:

  1. Coconut – 8 pieces (each 1 inch)
  2. Green chillies – 3 Nos.
  3. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  4. Shallots – 10 Nos.

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Cooking Method:

  • Grind all ingredients listed under “For Grinding” into a fine paste and keep aside.
  • Peel chayote & cut into small cubes.
  • Steam chayote in a steamer until they become soft.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add mustards, when they start crackling add curry leaves & chopped onion.
  • Saute till onions become translucent.
  • Add steamed chayote, cooked green gram and coconut paste and mix well together.
  • Add salt & water (to reach required consistency) and bring them to a boil.
  • Serve hot with rice.


  • Some may add milk instead of water in this kootu to make it creamy.
  • Children may not like to see this bland white color, so you can add a dash of turmeric powder to change its color.

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