Monday, October 5, 2009

Varuthu Aracha Chow Chow/Chayote Kootu

Varuthu Aracha Kootu goes for a dry roasted spice powder which gives quite a pleasant flavour to our usual kootu with veggies, my kootu went for chow chow or chayote also known as seemai kathirikkai in tamil, cooked or raw this veggie will have a very mild flavor by itself and is commonly cooked with other vegetables or as gravies, it can also be boiled, stuffed, mashed, baked, fried or pickled..Both the chow chow and their seed are rich in amino acids and vitamin C, fresh green chayote are firm while the smaller choyates are more tender.. Chayote is low in calories, low in sodium, contains no cholesterol, and is a good source of fiber. The chayote is also versatile vegetable, they can be prepared as so many dishes...Coming to this delicious varuthu aracha chow chow kootu, i prepared a spice powder with coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds,dry red chillies, grated coconut,urad dal, asafoetida powder..Trust me!!u will definitely love this flavourful kootu with hot steaming rice and papads, a prefect lunch which tastes fabulously divine..




1no Chayote (chopped)
1no Onion(chopped)
1no Tomato(chopped)
1cup Cooked moongdal
1/2tsp Turmeric powder
2nos Green chillies( slit opened)
Salt
Oil
1/2tsp Mustard seeds +Urad dal
1no Dry red chillies
1tbsp Chopped coriander leaves

To roast & grind:
2tbsp Coriander seeds
1tsp Fenugreek seeds
3tbsp Grated coconut
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder
4nos Dry red chillies
1tbsp Urad dal

Dry roast all the ingredients from the list 'to roast and grind' one by one in simmer flame, grind all these dry roasted spices as bit coarse powder, keep aside..Heat enough oil in a kadai, let splutters the mustard seeds, dry red chillies and urad dal, add the chopped onions, chopped tomatoes and slit opened green chillies and sauté until the onions turns transculent and tomatoes turns mushy..now add the chopped chayote pieces, sauté for few minutes, add the cooked moongdal, turmeric powder, salt to the half cooked veggies..bring everything to boil, now add the coarse spice powder and chopped coriander leaves to the kootu, cook for a while and put off the stove...

Serve hot with hot steaming rice and papads..

27 comments:

Sree vidya said... Reply To This Comment

wow! yummy
I love all kinds of kootu.

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*sangi* said... Reply To This Comment

Thank u so much Priya dear for ur lovely words!
Varutharacha curries r my fav...gravy luks spicy&delicious!

lissie said... Reply To This Comment

the kootu sounds so delicious! I love all kinds of kootu and varutharacha curries...!

Shwetha said... Reply To This Comment

Priya,
This looks wholesome. Can we substitute any other vegetable for chayote? I can't seem to find any here......

RAKS KITCHEN said... Reply To This Comment

I too make this,but without onion tomato!

Sushma Mallya said... Reply To This Comment

Nice colour gravy..looks really delicious priya..Must be tasty along with rice

Nandini said... Reply To This Comment

Gravy is colorful and appetizing! I finished my lunch with your kootu visually :D

Prathibha said... Reply To This Comment

Nice and colorful..never made kootu with chow chow..

Mrs.Menagasathia said... Reply To This Comment

வறுத்தரைத்த சௌசௌ கூட்டு அருமையாயிருக்கு!!

prasu said... Reply To This Comment

Kootu is yummy yummm........dear. Sure will be senidng this to think spice event in ur blog....bye

Soma Pradhan said... Reply To This Comment

Looks Simple and healthy...What is Chow in hindi/english..

Nostalgia said... Reply To This Comment

Nice one! Its a revelation for me how much we can do with varutharacha masala. Very informative there about the veggies and thank you for sharing it all.

Vrinda said... Reply To This Comment

I lov all kinds of varutharacha curries,looks yumm would lov to eat with rice...

Sarah Naveen said... Reply To This Comment

Kootu looks fabulous dea..!!love to have it with some white rice..yummy!!!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said... Reply To This Comment

The kootu will be great with chapatis Priya..just love the look of it...

Sangeetha Subhash said... Reply To This Comment

loved ur varuthu aracha kootu....I am not fan of chow chow....but ur chow chow kootu feels me to taste it..

Chitra said... Reply To This Comment

New to me..was breaking my head wat to prepare for my hubby's lunch box..u helped me priya..will surely try this & let u know :)

DEESHA said... Reply To This Comment

nice kootu Priya .. I love chow chow

Happy cook said... Reply To This Comment

I thgink there is something yummy delcious about varithi aracha curries and this just looks so yummy yumm.

Padma said... Reply To This Comment

Koottu looks colorful and full of flavor ... love this kind of koottu... looks delicious

Raje said... Reply To This Comment

Never cooked with Chayote. Your kootu looks Yummy... Must try!
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Gita said... Reply To This Comment

This kootu preparation is new to me Priya...looks tasty dear...must be flavorful too I guess :)

Curry Leaf said... Reply To This Comment

Great looking Kootu Priya.PErfect entry.Have never tried chow chow in a kootu.

Valarmathi said... Reply To This Comment

Looks yummy and delicious Priya.

Ammu Madhu said... Reply To This Comment

wow...!!amazing dish..

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it looks beautiful!
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