Chow Chow Pepper Kootu


  • Chow Chow – 1 No
  • Green Gram Dhal – ¼ cup
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon or as per taste
  • To fry:
  • Red Chilli – 2 Nos
  • Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon
  • Jeera – ½ teaspoon
  • Urad Dhal – 2 teaspoon
  • Coconut gratings – 2 tablespoon
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • For seasoning:
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon
  • Urad Dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Sambar Onion – 2 Nos

Cook Green gram dhal along with a pinch of turmeric powder in open vessel till soft.
Remove the skin from chow chow and cut into small pieces. Add these pieces to the dhal along with turmeric powder and salt. Cover with lid and cook on medium flame till soft.
Meantime, in a kadai put a teaspoon of oil and fry red chillies, urad dhal, pepper, jeera for one to two seconds and finally add the coconut gratings and fry for one more second. Remove and cool it. Grind it to a fine paste.
When the vegetable is cooked well, add the ground paste along with little water and mix well. Allow to boil for few minutes on low heat.
Season it with mustard, urad dhal, curry leaves and chopped onion.
Tips: You can prepare the above Kootu with Bottle gourd also.
Also try these fine chow chow recipes:


  1. nice recipe, first time in your sights, hve interesting recipes, i also want to try Maida halwa.

    y can’t you be a memeber of tast of india, many people will get to know you

  2. Thank you for visiting my site and posting your comments and suggestion. I will try to link my site to taste of india.

  3. hi kamala,
    tried this kootu with bottlegourd..usually i only use red chillies for grinding with cocounut and jeera, but tried your recipe with pepper.. i should say the taste was very good, different flavour.

  4. Thank you Anu. Taking time and writing your views. Black pepper is better than red chillies. Wherever possible, we can reduce red chillies and add pepper.

  5. Kamala, hey my menu for today’s lunch is this kootu. I also follow the same method. I don’t add onions and also I add some grated coconuts while seasoning.

  6. Hi Jayasree, Thank you for writing. Yes. If we avoid onion, the kootu will stay good for longer time also. Only purpose of adding onion is to get that extra aroma to Kootu.

  7. what is chow chow? sorry i am not tamilian but very yummy recipes.

  8. Dear kamala,
    Tried this kootu except I did not add onion but followed the recipe all the same. .Adding pepper is new thing to me. It was wonderful. Thanks.

  9. Geetha selvakumar

    hai amma,

    Your receipes are very useful and too good. i had tried just a few and earned a good name with my hub and in-laws. Many thanks to you. can you pls tell me the receipes for soraikai. many tell me you can make as kootu and dosa but i searched your site and couldnt find one.So pls can u share this receipe.

  10. Vanakam Kamala, I try a lot of your recipes- they turn out just great. I have recommended it to friends and family. Thank you for sharing these yummy recipes with others. God bless.

  11. I made this yesterday with a slight variation. Used cucumber instead and excluded the small onion as I didn’t have it. It was delicious and hearty. My husband absolutely loved it.

    What I liked about your recipes is that you give the exact, foolproof measurement / proportion of spices unlike other food blogs. It comes out perfect. Glad I found this site.

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