Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Chow Chow Kootu

Chow-Chow is one of the frequent veggie at my mom's Kitchen.  My mom used to prepare side dishes  for chapati, idly dosai also with this veggie. So it became one of the favorite veggie for my daughter too. Easy to make, healthy dishes can be made with this chow- chow in minutes. My mom used to pressure cook the dishes, when she makes it for tiffin.  I like the dry one than watery as a side dish for rice, so i  prepared it stove top.

So this will not look like a typical kootu, as I didn't add coconut and it is in dry consistency. It suits well with Sambar, Rasam along with steamed rice.

Chow-chow- 1 cup (A medium veg)
Moong dal -1/3 cup
green chili - 1-2
cumin seeds- 1 tea spoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tea spoon
salt - as per taste
oil - 1 tea spoon

To temper:
mustard - 1/2 tea spoon
urad dal - 1 tea spoon
Bengal Gram - 1 table spoon
dried red chili - 1
curry leaves - a few
perungayam / hing - a pinch
oil - 1 tea spoon


1. dry roast the moong dal until nice aroma comes.
2. Boil 1 1/2 cups of water and add the roasted moong daal, cumin seeds, and green chili ,turmeric powder and cook until the dal is cooked well. (do not smash completely, keep the shape of the dal as shown in the pics)

 3.Then Add the Diced Chow-Chow pieces, and salt in to the dal mix and cook for another 10 minutes in medium flame. Add 1/4 cup of water if required. (Normally, this veggie will not take much water to cook. So the moist in dal itself will be sufficient).

4.When the veggie is cooked and the consistency is thick, do the tempering in tadka pan with the listed ingredients, and add to the veggie pan.
5. Mix well and cook for another minute or two. Do not let it burn, keep stirring.

Serve it as side dish for steamed rice with sambar or rasam.

Sending this recipe to

South Indian cooking hosted by Nandoos Kitchen and organized by Anu

WTML hosted by Gayathri

dish-it-out- Side Dishes hosted by Sathya Priya, organized by vardhini@ cooks joy  

Pari's 'Only' event hosted by Priya


  1. interesting recipe...looks well made...

  2. oh most hated vegie in my life during hostel time if dey can 7 days in a week they served chow chow....!But truly saying your pics tempting me n offcourse recipe tooo


  3. lovely blog Tanya! Happy to follow....

  4. Thanks for sending many beautiful entries to Only Dairy free event Tanya, much appreciated. This kootu is one of our family favourite, love it to the core.