Saturday, March 8, 2014

Chow Chow Kootu | Chayote Moong Dhal Kootu | Seemai Kathirikai Kootu

Chow Chow  Siru Paruppu Kootu | Chayote  Kootu | Seemai Kathirikai Kootu is a famous South Indian side dish which is usually made for steamed rice. The vegetable has many names and popularly known as ‘Chow chow” or “Seemai kathirikai ” in Tamil Nadu. It is called Chayote squash in English and find a place in many recipes world over.
Today’s recipe, chow chow kootu is a simple kootu made with siru paruppu | Moong dhal | Payatham paruppu. It can even be fed to babies after completing a year and those who are convalescent.
  • Chow chow     - 1 No.
  • Moong dhal     - 75 ml
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Shallots (chopped) - 5 Nos.
  • Tomato (chopped) – 1 No.
  • Salt to taste
To grind:
  • Scraped coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Green chilli – 1 No.
  • Cumin seeds (Jeera) -1/2  tsp

For seasoning:
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds (Jeera) -1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Oil – 1 tsp

  1. Peel the skin from the vegetable and dice it into small cubes.
  2. Cook the moong dhal with turmeric powder  and water until very soft.
  3. In the mean time, grind the ingredients given for grinding coarsely by adding little water and keep it aside.
  4. Add the diced chow chow to the cooked moong dhal, add ¼ cup water and close with a lid till the vegetable gets cooked well. When it is done, add required salt and the ground paste and stir well.
  5. Pour oil in a kadai and season with the items given “For seasoning”.
  6. Then add onions  and tomato, sauté for a minute and transfer the seasoning over the kootu.  Allow it to stand for 5 minutes and switch off.

Your healthy chow chow moong dhal kootu is ready!!

This can  be had as an accompaniment for steamed rice with  kara kuzhambu, Meen kuzhambu or for rasam or can be mixed with rice with a drop of ghee!

  • Carefully add water at step(4) while cooking  chayote with dhal to get kootu consistency .

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