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Chow Chow Poricha Kootu
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Chow Chow Poricha Kootu – Chayote Squash Stew

Chow Chow Poricha Kootu is made from chow chow which is a white squash. It is combined with ground coconut, cumin, yogurt and curry leaves to make its delicious gravy base. It is served with steamed hot rice. It is delicious and healthy too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: dinner, stew
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 179kcal


  • 2 chayote squash chayote squash – 2
  • ½ cup Kadalai Paruppu/Bengal gram dhal
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar optional
  • Grind together
  • 4 Red chilies
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp Ullutham paruppu/black gram dhal
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • ¼ cup Coconut grated
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Ullutham paruppu
  • 1 Red chilies
  • ¼ tsp Asafetida
  • Curry leaves


  • Fry red chilies, cumin seeds and ullutham paruppu listed under grind together in oil until golden brown. Now add the grated coconut and grind it into a smooth mixture. There is no need to fry the coconut.
  • Scrape the outer skin on chow chow and cut ii into small cubes. Cook it along with kadalai paruppu in enough water until the paruppu becomes soft to touch and the chow chow is cooked.
  • Now add the ground paste and salt and cook until the kootu thickens to required consistency.
  • Heat oil and add the seasonings. Mix the seasoning with the kootu and serve hot with rice.
  • This kootu can also be made with other vegetables such as white pumpkin, snake gourd, radish etc.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg