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Chow Chow Pepper Kootu

Chow chow pepper kootu is a traditional South Indian dish made with chayote (chow chow) and black pepper cooked in a coconut gravy. It is a simple yet delicious dish that is typically served with rice or roti. The combination of the mild chayote and the spicy black pepper creates a flavorful and comforting dish that is perfect for a comforting meal.

Chow Chow Pepper Kootu

Recipe by S Kamala
Recipe rating: N/A
Course: KootuCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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A spicy gravy (kootu) that is served as side dish with rice. It can also be taken mixed with steamed rice.


  • Chow Chow – 1 No

  • Green Gram Dhal – ¼ cup

  • Turmeric powder – a pinch

  • Salt – ½ teaspoon or as per taste

  • To fry and grind
  • Red Chilli – 2 Nos

  • Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon

  • Jeera (Cumin) – 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 (Chopped finely)


  • Cook Green gram dal along with a pinch of turmeric powder in open vessel till 3/4th cooked.
  • Remove the skin from chow chow and cut into small pieces.
  • Add these pieces to the dal along with 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.

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