June 11, 2017

Chow Chow Chutney | How to make chow chow chutney | Chayote Squash dip ] Vegan & GF

No it's not the Chinese Chow, it's a veggie !! Chayote Squash or simply Chayote or Mango Pear or Vegetable Pear as its called in English is a tad bland but delicious water based veggie which lends itself to so many dishes in South Indian cooking -  Sambhar, Kootu (spiced lentil-veggie gravy), Masiyal (veggies cooked in dal) , Poriyal (dry saute), Bajjis (fried fritters) and today's Chutney. It's super easy, and delicious. For non-indian cooking ideas with the veggie, head here

As it's not available frequently where I live, we hoard it like gold during the season, making every conceivable dish till the season lasts or whenever I lay my hands upon this.  



Chow-chow Chutney or a vegan+GF dip & is onion-garlic free too that goes well with anything from Idli / Dosa/ Pongal/ Rice/ Chapati etc.  

What's more, its plant based, and healthy too ! So, if you are a fan like me, or keen to explore a new veggie, get on and make this chutney.

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Prep time : 10 mins | Cook time : 10 mins | Serves : 3
Course : Accompaniment, Cuisine : South Indian
Serve with : Hot rice + Rasam or Sambhar / any variety of Idli


Ingredients:

  • Chayote Squash / Chow-Chow / பெங்களூர் கத்திரிக்காய் / ಸೀಮೆ ಬದನೇಕಾಯಿ peels - 2 cups (or you can use 1 chow chow whole + 1 cup of peels - READ recipe below)
  • Urad Dal - 2 TBSP (or you can use 3 tsp of Channa dal alone)
  • Channa Dal - 1 TBSP 
  • Dry Red Chillies - 4-5 (adjust spice)
  • Grated coconut - 6 TBSP
  • Tamarind - 1 small roundel
  • Jaggery grated - 1 tbsp
  • Oil - 1 TBSP + 1 tsp (for tempering)
  • 2 generous handfuls of coriander
  • Salt - to taste
Tempering:
  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp


Method:

  1. Wash and peel the Chayote squash. Wash and cut the peel into thin strips and keep aside. 
  2. De-seed and cube the squash into bit size pieces (add it to the chutney or make the chutney with the peels alone) - refer pic above.. 
  3. In a pan, heat oil, add the Urad dal, let it brown a bit, add channa dal, let it brown too. Now add the red chillies, chopped squash and the peel too. Saute on low heat for 8-10 mins till the veggie wrinkles a bit and the peel wilts. Add the tamarind towards the end of the sautéing.  Switch off the heat and let it cool.
  4. Grind the above with the coconut ,salt & jaggery. Add little water (1 tsp at a time, and a max of 4 TBSP) to bring to a slightly consistency. Add fresh coriander towards the end and give it one final blend. 
  5. Heat 1 tsp oil, crackle the mustard seeds, urad dal. Pour this tempering over the chutney and serve immediately. Keeps for 2-3 days under refrigeration. 
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Updating this post of 2011 as part of #Foodies_RedoingOldPost Group where we revisit old posts with new pictures and text. 



8 comments:

  1. The chutney must be delicious , I had no idea about chow chow , it was only recently I saw it in Chennai .

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  2. Quite an interesting chutney, thats a lovely dip to give a try.

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  3. I love this chutney and wonder why I have never blogged on this!...

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  4. Love vegetable based chutneys and this is so awesome. Idli and this, wow amazing combo.

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  5. Idli and Chayote chutney.. just yummy..

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  6. wow Kalyani, what a dip or chutney. The only time I use chayote is to add to handvo. Bookmarked this recipe.

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  7. This is new to me. I have eaten only the dry sautes. Will try if we get it here.

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  8. I never had this chutney and we get chayote here, would be making this next. looks tempting

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