Chayote Squash with Lentils (Chow chow kootu)

Kootu is a tamil word which means “add”. Its usually vegetables added with lentils and cooked to a semi solid consistency which is then eaten along with rice. Chow chow kootu is a very popular kootu in most south Indian homes. This kootu is very versatile and can be eaten with rice or roti. It is almost oil free and is packed with protein and fiber.


1 chayote squash peeled and cubed

1/2 cup  moong dal (lentils)

1 teaspoon sambar powder

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon grated coconut

1 teaspoon cumin

1 red chili

1 teaspoon roasted gram

1 teaspoon chopped cilantro leaves



1 teaspoon oil

1/2 teaspoon mustard

1/2 teaspoon urad dal

Few curry leaves


1. Take the chopped chayote and moong dal in a pressure cooker vessel and add 3 cups of water. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt and pressure cook for 4 whistles.

2. While the above is getting cooked, grind the coconut, roasted gram, red chilli and cumin into a smooth paste by adding little water.

3. Add the above paste to the cooked dal/ chayote mixture and bring it to a boil.

4. Heat oil in a separate pan and add mustard, urad dal and curry leaves.

5. Add the tempering to the cooked kootu and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.


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