Chayote // Chow Chow Chutney Recipe:

Chayote // Chow Chow Chutney Recipe:

Chutney plays a major role in all South Indian households. Most of our breakfast and dinner consist either of idly or dosa, which has to be accompanied by any kind of chutney. You can try this vegetable to make chutney for idli or dosa. Chayote is one of the vegetables which is very low calories; provide just 16 calories per 100 g and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. However, it is rich a source of dietary fibre, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. This Chow Chow is otherwise called as ‘Merakkai’.


  • 1 big – Chow chow/chayote.
  • 5 dry red chillies.
  • 2- 4 green chillies.
  • 1 small gooseberry size tamarind
  • 2 tablespoon fresh grated coconut.
  • 1 garlic pod.
  • 1 tsp oil for sauteing
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 tbsp  Sesame oil.
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds.
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves.
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida.


  • Peel and chop the Chow Chow finely.

  • Heat oil in a skillet, add the red chillies and then green chillies.
  • When they start browning add the chopped Chow Chow and saute it well.
  • Once it gets cooked, add the grated coconut, tamarind and garlic.
  • Saute it for two more minutes and switch off the flame.
  • Let it cool and grind it into a smooth paste.
  • Transfer it to a vessel and do the tempering.


  • Instead of using both red and green chillies, either one can be added to get a different taste.
  • Instead of coconut, one teaspoon of urad dal and Bengal gram can be added when frying the chillies.
  • Chow chow can be grated instead of chopping finely.
  • A piece of ginger can be added to get another taste.
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