Chow Chow/Chayote Poriyal

Today's post is a simple recipe with Chayote aka chow chow,in our households we make sambhar and kootu with chow chow.But this poriyal was new to me when I had in Saravana Bhavan lunch Thali.It tasted good and my son liked it a lot,so tried my version and came out delicious.Now off to the recipe................

Basic Information

Preparation Time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 15 minutes
Serves ~ 2-3


Chayote/chow chow11/2 cups(chopped)
Green chilly/pachamilagai2
Shallots/chinna vengayam4(chopped)
For the tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2 tsp
Urad dhal/uluthamparuppu1tsp
Red chilly/varamlagai1(broken)
Asafoeitda/perungayama pinch
Curry leaves/karivepillaifew leaves

  • Pressure cook the channa dhal for whistle in a pressure cooker and keep it aside.
  • In a pan add the chopped chayote and green chilly.Sprinkle some water and pinch of salt,cook it till it becomes tender.Drain if any excess water.
  • In a separate pan heat the oil and do the tempering with the ingredients,saute the shallots for a minute,add the grated coconut and cooked channa dhal along with the salt.
  • Add the cooked chayote and mix it well and keep it for a minute in the flame.
  • Simple chayote poriyal is ready.


  • Instead channa dhal,moong dhal can be used.
  • Here I cooked the channa dhal for a whistle in a cooker,instead you can soak it for 10 minutes and cook in the microwave.

This recipe is off to Vegan Thursday event started by Priya of Priya's Versatile Recipes.


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