I was completely bored of cooking with mixed vegetables today. I just wanted to cook simple yet nutritious meal. The only recipe that occurred to me was chow chow(chayote squash) kootu. I wanted a crunch between bites and was rummaging my fridge for an addition to give me just that. Edammame box (Edamamae is nothing but shelled soybean which I got from Trader Joe’s) was staring at me asking me to lift him and use him in this dish. I couldn’t say no and thats it, I cooked the kootu as I would and the end result was just divine.
Chow Chow (Chayote squash) –2 medium (diced in to cubes)
Moong dal –1 cup cooked (about 1/2 cup dry)
Edammame –1/2 cup (I used shelled Edammame that I got from Trader Joes)
Salt –to taste
Turmeric powder –1/4 tsp
Green Chillies –3
Channa Dal –2 Tbsp
Urad Dal –1 Tbsp
Dhania (Coriander seeds) –1 Tbsp
Jeera (Cumin seeds) –1/2 Tbsp
Coconut (Shredded) –1/2 cup
Oil –1 Tbsp
Mustard seeds –1 Tbsp
Urad Dal –1 Tbsp
Curry leaves –a few
Coriander leaves –2 Tbsp
Asafetida (hing) –1 Tbsp
1. In a kadai, add 1 Tbsp of oil, green chillies, channa dal, urad dal, dania, jeera and fry till the dals are reddish brown in color. Transfer it in to a plate and let it cool. Fry coconut in the same kadai and grind the coconut along with the fried ingredients in to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.
2. Either pressure cook moong dal and keep it aside.
3. In a kadai or deep vessel add chow chow(chayote squash) with salt and turmeric powder. Now add edammame (the one I got from Trader Joe is ready to eat). Close the lid and cook till the vegetable is well cooked.
4. Add ground paste and cooked dal. Once the Kootu(gravy) thickens, add asafetida, curry leaves and coriander leaves. Adjust salt and switch off the flame. Enjoy this gravy with roti or rice.
Add chow-chow(chayote squash), salt, turmeric pdr, and edammame.
Grind all the fried ingredients with coconut in to a smooth paste.
Enjoy the kootu with roti or rice.
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