Chow Chow (Chayote) Chutney


  • Chow Chow – 1
  • Sambar Onion – 8
  • Garlic Flake – 1
  • Tomato – 1
  • Red Chillies – 3 to 4
  • Tamarind – small gooseberry size
  • Idli Milagai Podi – 2 teaspoons
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Urad dal – 1 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves – few
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  1. Remove the skin and seed from chow chow and cut it into small pieces.
  2. Cut tomato into medium size pieces.
  3. In a kadai put a teaspoon of oil and add red chillies,  sambar onion, garlic and chow chow pieces.  Stir fry for few minutes.  Then add tomato, tamarind and fry for a while. Sprinkle little water and allow to cook for few minutes and remove.  Cool it and grind it along with salt to a coarse paste. Before removing add idli milagai podi and run the mixie for two to three rounds.
  4. Transfer the chutney to a bowl.
  5. Season it with mustard, urad dal and curry leaves.

This chutney can be served with idli/dosa/curd rice.  It can also be taken mixed with hot steamed rice.  A good subsitute for coconut chutney.

One Comment

  1. It was delicious thank you so much !!!! I needed a chutney with idili tonight and had chopped Chow chow in the freeezer it was time to use it. Thank you for the recipe 🙂

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