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Chow Chow Curry

A simple curry made by sauteeing Chayote Squash, coconut and dal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dry Curry
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Anusha Praveen


  • Chayote Squash/ Chow Chow/ Bangalore Kathrikai 2 medium peeled cored and cubed.
  • Toor dal 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Freshly grated coconut 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves a sprig
  • Oil 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Urad dal 1 tsp
  • Dry red chilies 2 torn
  • Salt to taste


  • Combine the toor dal with ½ c water and pressure cook to a mush.
  • In the meanwhile, par boil the chow chow until fork tender. For this, i used my microwave. I cooked the chow chow in 2 c of water on high for 10 mins.
  • Once done, drain the water completely from the chow chow and set aside.
  • When the dal is cooked, drain water and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Pop the mustard seeds and tip in the turmeric,urad dal, curry leaves and dry red chilies.
  • Once the dal turns a light brown, add the cooked chow chow, salt and toor dal.
  • Mix well.
  • Now add the grated coconut and mix well.
  • Serve hot


I was cooking toor dal for some other recipe while i made this. So i did not have to cook it separately. However what i have mentioned is a scaled down amount of uncooked toor dal. In case you have cooked dal ready, you will need about ⅓ c of cooked dal for this recipe.
Make sure you drain the cooked squash and the cooked dal completely of water before adding it to the pan.
Frozen coconut, after thawing, can be used in place of freshly grated coconut.

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