January 17, 2018

Chow Chow Kadalai Paruppu Kootu / Chayote Kootu

Most of the kootu recipe use moong dal (pasi paruppu). But my mother uses channa dal ( kadalai paruppu). This simple change gives a different but good taste. You can have this with not only rice but also chapathi, dosa, etc.,

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Recipe Cuisine : South Indian| Recipe Category: Side Dish
                    Preparation Time: 15 mins  | Cooking Time: 20 mins | Yields: 20 cookies

Chow Chow
Chana Dal / Kadalai Paruppu
¼ cup
As required
To Fry and Paste:

1 tsp
Chana Dal / Kadalai Paruppu
1 tbsp
Red Chilli
Cumin Seeds
1 tsp
Coriander Seeds
1 tsp
Grated Coconut
3 tbsp
To Temper:

2 tsp
Mustard Seeds
½ tsp
Curry Leaves
1 spring
Finely Chopped Onion
¼ cup

1. Remove the skin and seeds of the chow chow. Then cut it into small ½ inch pieces.
2. Pressure cook the ¼ cup of channa dal with ¼ cups of water for 3 whistles in medium flame or till the dal becomes tender.
3. After pressure has gone, remove the cooked dal from the cooker and drain the water come pletely. Keep it aside.
4. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of oil and fry channa dal, red chillies, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds, till the nice aroma comes out from the mixture.
5. Then add grated coconut and fry for 1 mins then switch off the flame. Allow it to cool down completely.
6. Grind the above fried mixture into fine paste using the mixie with little water. Keep it aside.
7. Heat the oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and wait for popping.
8. Add curry leaves and sauté for few seconds.
9. Add chopped onion and sauté till the onion becomes translucent.
10. Add Chopped chow chow pieces (from 1) and ¼ cup of water. Mix them well and close the lid of the pan.
11. Stir the mixture occasionally. Cook till the chow chow becomes tender.
12. Add the ground masala (from 6), cooked channa dal ( from 3)  and salt. Mix them well and cook till the mixture becomes thick.
   Aromatic and yummy chow chow stir fry is ready to serve. Serve it with rice, roti and chapathi.

1. Adjust the channa dal level according to your taste.
2. Adjust the chilli level according to your spice level.


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