Chayote Kootu | Chow chow kootu

Chayote kootu or chow chow kootu / Seeme Badane kayi kootu is one of the Iyengar’s recipe. I got this kootu recipe from my friend. It is more like our huLi or sambar but they call it Kootu.
Seeme Badane kayi or chow chow / chayote squash / Cho-Cho is a low calorie food and high in vitamin C. It is rich in flavonoid antioxidants which help to protect the body against inflammation caused by free radicals. It is good to incorporate different vegetables everyday in your diet.
Here is simple seeme badane kayi kootu recipe.
You should try this delicious  Chow chow chutney, Palya and seemebadanekai Sambar as well.

Chow chow kootu

Chayote Kootu | Chow chow kootu

Step by step instruction with pictures to how to make Chayote Kootu
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • ¼ cup Chana dal / Split bengal gram 1 cup = 250ml
  • ¼ cup peanuts/groundnuts
  • ¼ cup togari bele/ toor dal
  • 1 to 1.5 chow chow or chayote squash
  • 1¼ to 1.5 tsp salt or salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • around 4 cups of water
  • small key lime size tamarind soaked in water
  • Few curry leaves

For masale:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp kadle bele / Split bengal gram
  • 1 to 1¼ tbsp coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 5 to 6 byadagi red chillies
  • ¼ cup grated fresh coconut
  • For Seasoning:
  • 2 to 3 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • Pinch of hing


  • wash the dals and peanuts together in a pressure cooker. to the washed dals add 2 cups of water, turmeric powder and little oil, and turn on the heat on medium flame.
  • wash and cut the seemebadane kai as shown, If it is tender no need to peel off the skin
  • Pressure cook this cut chayote squash with dals on medium heat. Turn off the heat after 1 to 2 whistles.

For Masala:

  • heat a tsp oil in a seasoning pan on medium heat
  • Once the oil is hot add chana dal, pepper, and coriander seeds, after few seconds add red chillies
  • fry it until the dals turn golden brown. Then turn off the heat
  • Grind the masala along with coconut, and little water to a coarse consistency
  • once the cooker is cooled completely, add salt, masala paste, and add some water to this cooked ingredients. mix it well.
  • add tamarind extract, and jaggery as well.
  • mix it well and let it boil on medium or medium low heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Then turn off the heat.
  • Heat the oil in a ladle on medium heat, once hot add hing, mustard seeds, after it sputters add curry leaves and turn off the heat
  • add this seasoning to the kootu and it is ready to serve with rice.