Chow chow kootu recipe

  Chow chow kootu,a popular tamil brahim style kootu, made with chayote, chana dal and fresh coconut masala. We call this as “chow chow white kootu”. This is normally made during at my mom’s  place  for dinner as accompaniment for Vathakuzhambhu. This version does not involves addition of any moong dal | toordal as we add for normal Kootu.
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Chow chow kootu recipe
Chow chow kootu

  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook time: 30 Minutes
  • Serves: 2-3
  • Author: Jeyashri
  • Recipe Category: Lunch | Dinner
  • Description: Chow chow kootu,a popular tamil brahim style kootu, made with chayote, chana dal and fresh coconut masala
     Chow chow 1
     Chana dal  3 tblsp
     Coconut  3 tblsp
     Cumin seeds  1/2 tsp
     Coconut oil 1 tsp
    Cumin seeds   1/2 tsp
    Asafoetida  a pinch
    Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
    Curry leaves  few
    Salt  as needed
    Green chili  1-2

Method with step by step pictures :

  • Cut the chow chow in to cubes.
  • Soak the chana dal in water for 10 minutes. 
  • Pressure cook chow chow and chana dal by adding little salt and asafoetida. Cook for 3-4 whistles.
  • Do not add more water while cooking, it will become watery.
  • Grind the coconut, green chilies and cumin seeds into a fine paste by adding a little water to it.
  • Keep it aside.
  • Heat a kadai and add the coconut oil.
  • Temper mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add the cooked veggie and the ground coconut masala to it. 
  • Allow this mixture to boil for 2 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame and serve it enjoy with vathakuzhambhu sadam.

  1. This kootu can be made with white pumpkin/cabbage/bottlegourd.
  2. Don't add turmeric powder to this chow chow kootu.

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  1. Its my favorite dear.... love the clicks... want to take the whole kinnam...

  2. thanks for the quick comments akila.comeover sometime

  3. I always prefer to make kootu as it is healthy and does not use much oil.This kootu is a regular feature in my house.
    Love it very much .Your pictures are very lovely.

  4. Not a big fan of chow chow but my kiddo likes any kootu :) ur white kootu version sounds gud

  5. All time Fav!!!! Looks Yummy!!!!

  6. Hi,

    The kootu looks simple and yumm..:)


  7. surely delectable n healthy..scrumptious presentation dear..

    Tasty Appetite

  8. delicious kootu,ur blog luks very nice...

  9. I make most of my kootu this way,except the kadala paruppu, with chow chow it should be great combo!

  10. Chow chow is one veggie i have not cooked before..I see it in the grocery store all the time..thanks to your post I will buy it next time I see :)

    US Masala

  11. Heard a lot abt this but yet to try it out, yours look so tempting jeyashri and loved the new look too..

  12. simple and healthy kootu!!nice click jeya!

  13. Wat a beautiful looking kootu, love this white kootu with lemon pickles, mouthwatering here already..

  14. looks the mild flavor of coconut n spices in it

  15. i love chow chow...koottu looks so delicious..perfect with rice..

  16. Absolutely tempting and nice clicks

  17. kootu looks delicious.

    PS:Came through Thakkudu's blog! :)

  18. Heard a lot about you, visiting your blog first time though. Nice collection of recipies you got here Jeyashri. Thanks for sharing with us too... keep up the great up...

    தானத்தில் சிறந்தது அன்னதானம் மட்டுமில்ல... அதை தெரியாதவங்களுக்கு சொல்லி தர்றதும் கூட தான்... (அனுபவத்தில் கண்ட ஞானம் :-) நன்றி

  19. Looks delicious kootu with rice..

  20. Kootu appears to be so excellent .Fab pics n neat description n your space is so clear n refreshing jeyashri.

  21. mahi and appavi thangamani madam,
    welcome to my blog.Thanks to thakkudu.

  22. thanks Jeyashree for your tasty and correct recipes I have become your fan now

  23. hi jeyashri,

    I am very curious to know, why turmeric shouldn't be added to chow chow kootu? I always check out your version or cooking as it almost matches my granny's.

    1. Only for this kootu since we want to make this white we don't add turmeric. if you want you can add

  24. It came out very well. Thanks for the recipe.

  25. Hi Jeyashri.. Superb recipe. Loved it. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  26. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe.. I tried it and it was super yummy...

  27. Awesome recipe. I tried it and it came out very well.. Everyone liked very much at home.. Thank you