Chayote Kootu

2 Jul

Seema Vankaya Kootu

Moong dal is boiled along with chopped chayote in few cups of water till cooked. A paste is made of coconut, roasted red chillies and cumin seeds. This spice paste is added to the cooked dal and boil for a minute. Finally chow chow kootu is tempered with mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. This can be served with rice or roti.
Makes: around 5 Servings


Chayote 1
Moong Dal 3/4 Cup
Green Chiles 2
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Whole Red Chillies 2
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Grated Coconut 2 tbsps
Cilantro few sprigs
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida a big pinch
Curry Leaves 6
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Wash thoroughly, halve and discard the inner seed of chayote.
Peel if required and chop chayote into small pieces.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Wash and roughly chop cilantro.

Heat half a tsp of oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and broken red chillies.
Fry for a minute or till aromatic and remove from heat.
Cool and grind into fine paste along with grated coconut using enough water.

Bring to boil a cup of water in a sauce pot.
Add moong dal and boil for 5 minutes.
Then stir in chopped chayote, green chiles and turmeric powder.
Boil again till moong dal is completely cooked and chayote is soft but not mushy.
Now stir in ground coconut paste, cilantro and salt.
Boil the kootu for around 5 minutes and remove from heat.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds almost stop spluttering, remove from heat and add to above kootu.
Mix well and serve chow chow kootu with plain steamed rice and crispy papad.
Notes: Make sure chayote is cooked well before removing from heat.

Suggestions: If chayote pieces feels raw, put the kootu back on stove and cook till chayote is soft.
Variations: Chow Chow Chutney, Chayote with Besan, Chayote with Chana Dal.
Other Names: Choko Kootu, Chocho Kootu, Chayote Kootu.

One Response to “Chayote Kootu”

  1. Vidya, Leigh-On-Sea, UK July 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    I thought only the pictures looked mouthwatering but so was my kootu made according to your recipe – I used beans instead of seema vankaya – thank you.

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