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chow chow curry
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Chow chow curry recipe

Chow chow curry, south Indian flavored spicy curry to go as accompaniment for lunch menu. Quick video, step wise pictures recipe.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4


  • 1 chow chow chayote
  • 1 onion
  • 10 garlic cloves small variety
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp roasted gram dal powder pottu kadalai powder
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • Salt as needed
  • 2 tsp Oil

To temper

  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard


  • Peel the chow chow with a shredder peeler (with ridges), not the straight peeler. Because it has broad opening and easy to get a grip with ridges in it.
  • Cut into two and slit into 4 further more.
  • Remove the center seed portion with white pith.
  • Slice off any skin in the surface.
  • Start by first slicing it, then cutting into strips, lastly as tiny cubes.
  • Finely chop garlic and onion too.
  • Heat a kadai, add oil for tempering. Splutter mustard.
  • Add chopped garlic give it a fry, followed by onion and fry until soft.
  • In goes chopped chow chow. Add little salt, turmeric and cook covered for 2 mins in low flame. This ensures easy cooking of the veggie.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and required salt, red chilli powder, fennel seeds powder. Mix and cook covered in low flame until veggie is done still not too soft.
  • Finally sprinkle pottu kadalai powder and mix well. (If using roasted spice mix powder, add those now).
  • Cook for one more minute. Drizzle one or two tsp of oil if it is too dry.



Make sure to cook the chow chow just right, not over cook.