Chayote with Chana dal

28 May

Benguluru Vankaya Paatoli.

Patoli is a dry Andhra curry made of dals or beans. In this recipe, chana dal is soaked for couple of hours and ground into coarse paste with red chillies, garlic and cumin seeds. Chayote is finely chopped and cooked along with ground chana dal paste. The resulting curry is quite dry and needs lot of oil if not using a non stick pan.
Makes: app. 3 Servings


Chayote 1 medium
Chana dal 1/2 cup
Garlic pods 2
Whole Red chillies 2 – 4
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Wash, halve, remove seed and finely chop chayote.
Peel and roughly chop garlic pods.
Remove stems and remove seeds from dried red chillies.
Soak chana dal for 4 – 5 hours in enough water.
At first, grind red chiles, cumin seeds and salt into fine powder using spice blender.
Then add in soaked chana dal and enough water to grind into coarse paste.
Finally add garlic and pulse for few seconds.

Heat oil in a non stick pan on medium heat, add mustard seeds, chopped chayote and salt.
Cook covered until chayote turns just soft but not mushy, then add coarsely ground chana dal mixture.
Fry until most of the moisture evaporates. Stir frequently.
When the curry turns dry, remove from heat.
Serve chayote with chana dal curry with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure to cook chana dal mixture is cooked well.

Suggestions: If chana dal feels raw, sprinkle few tbsps of water and cook covered on low heat till it turns soft.
Variations: Beetroot Patoli, Drumsticks Patoli, Plantain Patoli, Chana Dal Patoli, Kala Chana Patoli etc…
Other Names: Benguluru Vankaya Sengapa Pappu Patoli, Chow Chow Paruppu Usli.

3 Responses to “Chayote with Chana dal”

  1. Sudipta May 30, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    The receipe looks nice but what is chayote? can u post me the hindi name of it.


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