Chow Chow(chayote) Kadalaparuppu Kootu

For the 3rd week of Blogging Marathon #28 I chose the theme Kootu and I wll be showcasing the kootu recipe for next few days.
Kootu is a dhal based gravy which can be eaten with white or an accompaniment for some spicy kulambhu such as milagu kulambhu or Karivepillai Kulambhu.
In our household kootu is made in our menu atleast weekly once as an accompaniment for rice or even sometimes for roti.This kootu even tastes awesome with rotis and pulkhas.
Today I am sharing you the kootu with chow chow aka chayote with the channa dhal,the same recipe can be followed for squash(bottle gourd),cabbage.Now off to the recipe...................


Chow chow(chopped finely)1
Channa dhal/kadalaparuppu1/3cup
Onion(chopped)1(small size)
Green chilly2 nos.
Saltto taste

To Grind
Cumin seeds/jeeragam1tsp
Red chilly/varamailagi1

For the tempering
Mustard seed/kadugu1/2tsp
Urad dhal/uluthamparuppu1/2tsp
Red chilly(broken)1
Asafoetida/perungayama pinch
Curry leaves/karivepillai 5 leaves


  • Cook the dhal in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles or till soft but not mushy.Grind the given ingredients to a fine paste with enough water and keep it aside.
Heat a pan with a tsp of oil,to this add the chopped chayote,onion and green chilly,saute it for a minute.Add 1/2 cup of water,salt and turmeric powder,cook it covered the vegetable is almost done.

Now add the cooked dhal and cook it for a minute.Add the ground paste and cook it til the smell goes off.
Now in a small pan heat the oil and do the tempering with the ingredients and add it.Mix it well.

Kootu is ready.
Serve it with rice or an accompaniment for rice.

  • If you making it as an accompaniment make it thick and if it is to mix it with rice adjust the consistency.
  • Adding the onion is purely optional and can be made without onion also. 
  • Tempering in the end makes it more flavorful.

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Very comforting dal, yummy!

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who will say no to such a delicious kootu

like this combo.. yummy kootu..

one of my fav kootu, we make it in a different way :) ur looks delicious...nice presentaiton!

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The last picture is wonderful and you've put that Mat to good use! Somehow we never add onions to Kootu

Looks so awesome..I love this..

Love it. This is a favorite of mine too.

kootu with that vathal kuzhambu combination, yumm..

one of my favorite veggies - love this kootu

Omg, kootu with kuzhambu, wat a combination..Love this kootu very much, can have it just like a snack.

Yummy kootu. Lovely presentation.

Delicious koottu. nice clicks.

Love the kootu..never tried adding onions to kootu.

i also make this very comforting kootu... looks so yummy and so homey!!!
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Comforting home food. Healthy and filling dish.

Nice kootu. I like this. This is good for health. Thanks for sharing.
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