Chow Chow Moong Dal Kootu

Chow Chow Moong Dal Kootu is one of those delicious simple and easy to make, dish that can be paired so well with Steamed rice or even rotis. This is part of the Tamil Brahmin thalis and I have seen friends bringing this often along with rice. As part of the bigger thali, this is placed along with Sambar and poriyal.

Chow Chow is called as Sheema Kathrika or Bangalore Kathrikka in Tamil and Telugu. It belongs to the squash family and is also called as Chayote Squash. We mostly use this in Sambar, sometimes as Poriyal. I like it best as a Kootu. I have made other versions of Chow Chow Kootu, Chow Chow Kootu with Channa Dal ,, Chow Chow Kootu with Toor Dal, Chow Chow Sambar and Chow Chow Halwa as well.

We starting a new Edition for February, BM#73 this week it is going to be Flavours of India, where I will be sharing some gems from the State of Tamil Nadu.

This was part of the Tamil Nadu Thali I cooked a while ago. The other dishes on the plate were the Pepper Fried Plantain Chips, Spring Onion Drumstick Sambar

Chow Chow Moong Dal Kootu

Step By Step Pictures for making Chow Chow Moong Dal Kootu Chow Chow Moong Dal Kootu

To be pressure cooked
1  cup  Chayote / Chow Chow, chopped
1/2 cup Split Yellow Moong Dal
A Pinch of Turmeric powder

For the ground paste
1/2 cup Coconut, grated
4  nos Green Chillies
1 tsp Cumin Seeds

For Tempering
1 tsp Ghee
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Urad Dal
Curry Leaves handful
Salt to Taste

For cooking the Chayote

Wash and peel the outer skin. Dice into 1 inch pieces.
Wash the moong dal and take in a pressure cooker along the diced chow chow. Add turmeric powder. Add 1/2 cup water.
Pressure cook for couple of whistles.

For the Ground paste
Take the grated coconut along with chopped green chillies, cumin seeds. Add enough water and grind to a smooth paste.

Making the Kootu

Once the pressure falls down, add this ground paste to the dal, along with salt and bring to a boil after adding required water.
Simmer for 5 mins.

Tempering
Heat a pan with ghee, temper with curry leaves, mustard seeds, urad dal. Pour this over the simmering kootu
Serve hot with steamed rice.


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Cuisine Tamil Nadu
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Occasion Lunch Box
By Diet Healthy Recipes
Dish Type South Indian Kootu
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Ingredients
To be pressure cooked
For the ground paste
For Tempering
Cuisine Tamil Nadu
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Occasion Lunch Box
By Diet Healthy Recipes
Dish Type South Indian Kootu
Servings
Ingredients
To be pressure cooked
For the ground paste
For Tempering
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Instructions
For cooking the Chayote
  1. Wash and peel the outer skin. Dice into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Wash the moong dal and take in a pressure cooker along the diced chow chow. Add turmeric powder. Add 1/2 cup water.
  3. Pressure cook for couple of whistles.
For the Ground paste
  1. Take the grated coconut along with chopped green chilies, cumin seeds. Add enough water and grind to a smooth paste.
Making the Kootu
  1. Once the pressure falls down, add this ground paste to the dal, along with salt and bring to a boil after adding required water.
  2. Simmer for 5 mins.
Tempering
  1. Heat a pan with ghee, temper with curry leaves, mustard seeds, urad dal. Pour this over the simmering kootu
  2. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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15 comments

  1. Chow chow is something that I have yet to taste, but after chopping it looks something like bottle gourd, wonder if it has a similar taste. The dish looks good and the thali of course is tempting.

  2. I LOVE chow chow, but its very expensive here… (yeah I know its a throwaway price during winters down south) .. this coot looks delicious- I make it in a slightly diff way with moong dal, but its delicious all the same 🙂

  3. Kootu’s are everyday menu at home valli. Love chow chow kootu, recently we started getting veggies from tanjore here, from that time, chow-chow is regular at home.
    Thali looks delicious, that pepper-fried plantain chips, looks very tempting!! 🙂

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