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Chow Chow Carrot Kootu | Chayote Squash And Carrot Stew

Chow chow carrot kootu is the perfect comfort food when I am craving for some. This delicious kootu made with chayote squash and carrot and a coconut based masala is very quick to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 153kcal


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 2 Chow – chow/ Chayote squash/Bangalore kathirikkai Chopped into small cubes
  • 3 Carrot Chopped into small cubes
  • ⅓rd cup Payatham paruppu Green gram dhal
  • ¼th cup Coconut Grated
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Raw rice
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar Optional


  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal/ black gram dhal
  • 2 Dry red chilies
  • ½ teaspoon Asafetida
  • few Curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Oil Preferably coconut oil


  • Chop the vegetables and place them in a pot with the payatham paruppu and add enough water to cover them. Add turmeric powder and cook it until tender.
  • Now add the salt and let it cook for 5 more minutes. Add the salt only after the vegetables and dhal has cooked. If you add the salt before, it takes longer to cook.
  • Meanwhile, grind together coconut, cumin seeds, green chilies, and rice into a smooth paste adding little water.
  • Once the vegetable and dhal are cooked, add the ground paste and let it come to a boil. Simmer for about 10 more minutes till the kootu has reached the desired consistency.
  • Seasoning - Heat oil in a small pan and add all the ingredients listed under the seasoning. Add this to the Simmering kootu and mix well.
  • Serve chow-chow carrot kootu hot with rice. Also goes well with chapatti or dosai.


Expert tips
  • Any vegetable can be added to the kootu.
  • Do not add too much water when cooking the vegetable. Just add enough water to cover the vegetables, otherwise, the kootu might be too watery in consistency.
  • The rice in the ground mixture is to thicken the kootu. If you forget to add it, you could dissolve a teaspoon of rice flour in about a tablespoon of water and add it to the kootu when it is simmering at the end.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7891IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg