Chow chow or chayote squash chutney

Chayote/chow chow is one veggie which I was not fond of as a kid.But its a super healthy veggie which contains many amino acids, vitamin C and the minerals potassium, calcium and iron.Its called as seeme badnekayi in kaanada. Try this quick chutney and I am sure you will be thrilled!

  • 2 medium sized chayote squash chow chow(I used the peel too)
  • 1/4 cup coconut scraped fresh or frozen
  • 1 inch tamarind piece soaked in 2 tbsp water
  • 2 Tsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp chana dal 
  • 4 medium dried red chillies
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsps salt
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds

  • To make the chow chow vegetable into a chutney, start by vertically slicing it. Cut out the seed. Don't peel but scrape any spikes that may be there on the skin and dice or slice it.
  • Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan. Add mustard  seeds ,a pinch of asafoetida, 2 tbsp chana dal ,green and red chillies and saute on medium heat until the dal is golden brown. Move them onto a plate and cool for few minutes.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Saute the chow chow for few minutes,add 1/4 cup water, pinch of salt, cover and cook till chow chow is tender and fully cooked.
  • Now grind the fried mixture, soaked tamarind ,salt and coconut to coarse paste with the cooled  and cooked chow chow.
  • Now your chutney is ready to be served with hot rice or rotis!
Preparation time: 10 minutes


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