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Chayote ~ Chow Chow Chutney

Chayote ~ Chow Chow Chutney



I had a large chayote with me almost ready to declare dead, so it was time for me to save the life.  Half of the chayote/chow chow I used in daal which was already a little of too much for two people.  So after thinking a while what to do with the other half I decided to make chutney,  I add this and that and got a yummy end product.




Before moving over to recipe let's have a look at the facts about Chayote (source: wiki)

The chayote (Sechium edule), also known as chuchu, sayote, tayota, choko, chocho, chow-chow, christophene, mirliton, vegetable pear, and pear squash is an edible plant that belongs to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae along with melons, cucumbers and squash.


The chayote fruit is used in both raw and cooked forms. When cooked, chayote is usually handled like summer squash, it is generally lightly cooked to retain the crisp flavor. Raw chayote may be added to salads or salsas, and it is often marinated with lemon or lime juice. It can also be eaten straight, although the bland flavor makes this a dubious endeavor. Whether raw or cooked, chayote is a good source of amino acidsvitamin C. [to read more click here]


Interesting rite? I'm thinking about making salad or salas ..ummm how that will be!  Anyways so let's have a look at the recipe now.





Ingredients:


Chayote/Chowchow - 1/2 fruit or 1C chopped

Green Chili - 4 small [to taste]

Cumin Seeds - 1tsp

Urad Daal - 1tsp

Tamarind - a small piece [ replace with lemon juice if preferred]

Coriander Leaves - 2-3tbs [chopped]

Oil - 1tbs

Salt - to taste

Water - to grind


Method:


1. Wash, peel and chop chayote in medium size chunks


2. In a pan heat oil, add cumin seeds and allow to crack. Add urad daal and fry until turn golden.


3. Add green chili, chayote and saute in medium heat for 5mins or until cooked.


4. Place chayote pieces in a mixi jar or blender once cooled and grind along tamarind, coriander leaves, salt and little water to smooth paste.


Our chutney or dip is ready.  I didn't had much of coriander leaves otherwise the colour would have been green.  Also one can replace the green chili with dry red chili.  Add curry leaves, mustard seasoning, I prefer mine just like this.






Enjoy your day.









31 comments:

  1. wow. Never heard any thing like this before. I am feeling hungry.
    Nice clicks too.

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  2. New to me, looks delicious preeti

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  3. I'm not a big fan of Chayote but dips and chutneys are always inviting.

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  4. looks cool priti..
    Priti Your the winner of the give away Pls mail me your mailing address to my email id .

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  5. the chayote chutney looks so delicious.
    i haven't tried this one yet n it's very new to me..thanks for sharing such good recipe ideas.

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  6. we call this thuvayal in tamil..love it..

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  7. Thank U ladies...you all are very kind..

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  8. Congrats on winning the give away dear Yippeee ..... chow chow chutney lloks excellent

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  9. I love this chutney with some hot steaming idlies,yummm!!!

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  10. Interesting read on chayote..This dip is new to me...looks so delicious.What did you dip in this ? chips?idli?...

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  11. @Gulmohar, actually I used more of chutney, spread like with bread and rice, roti. But also with chips and ya tried with garlic bread too ;)..am kinda crazy about chutney and dips :)...U can try with anything...I hope you will be happy just like me..

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  12. Nice idea - and your post had me looking for chayote salads!

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  13. @Sra...when u find one let me know :)

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  14. Very nice and interesting recipe. Looks delicious and yummy. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

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  15. Chow Chow chutney..this is new for me. Very nice recipe :))

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  16. V interesting and totally new :)
    thanks for dropping by!

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  17. Chow chow chutney sounds very interesting Priti...I'll try this soon and let you know :)

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  18. thats new to me...thanks for sharing..:)

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  19. new n unique dip...love the pics dear!

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  20. thats new to me...looks v inviting..must try one

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  21. this is new to me ..looks v inviting..must try one ..thx for sharing

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  22. So this is Priti's version,I have not yet tried chutney with chayote,sounds good :)

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  23. Priti I never ever got this veggie home :D... but my MIL loves this will ask her to try it for them :)

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  24. I always do the same when I am left with half of most vegies.Looks nice and will try ur version too..

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  25. Very innovative chutney dear, looks yumm!

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  26. Looks delicious, will be perfect for idlis/ dosas :-)

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  27. chow chow chutney luks perfect..will try sometimes..

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  28. Never had a chow chow dip..looks inviting! Regarding your question , APF is all purpose flour. Which is nothing but maida!

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