I thought of making another simple dish yet delicious which can be served as a side dish for yesterday’s recipe, Tamarind gravy. It is one of the very less spicy side dishes and that’s how it goes well with the Tamarind gravy. When taken a spoonful taste of this stir fry, it releases the water particle along with the hardness of the chickpeas inside your mouth. I love it!
It is one of the famous traditional vegetables from mom’s kitchen. I like to taste it very often. Each and every time I go for grocery shopping, this is one must vegetable in my cart. A water packed vegetable can really make you feel relished.
Chayote or Chow Chow is a very mild flavored vegetable. Though it has many names widely across the world, there is no doubt of its nutrition content. This vegetable along with seed is rich in Vitamin C and amino acids. It can be taken as food in many forms like cold salads, stir fries, soups, in gravies, along with lentils,etc.,
Boiled Chayote Stir Fry/ Chow Chow Poriyal
- Prep time – 10 mins
- Cooking time – 20 mins
- Serves – 2
- Cuisine – Indian
- Chayote / Chow Chow – 1 Peeled and seed removed ( Diced )
- Onion – 1 ( finely chopped)
- Green chillies – 2 ( cut and slit )
- Ground turmeric – a pinch
- Salt to taste
For seasoning :
- Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon
- Split black gram – 1/2 teaspoon
- Split chickpeas – 1/2 teaspoon
- Curry leaves – 1 Sprig
- In a microwave proof bowl, boil the diced Chayote along with a pinch of ground turmeric and a drop of oil for 5 + 5 mins. uncovered. Drain the excess water or you can use it as a vegetable stock for any required dish.
- Place a shallow pan on a low flame stove and add oil. In a low heat oil, add mustard seeds, and add the split chickpeas. As the mustard starts spluttering add split black gram.
Note : When you add black gram first instead of chickpeas first, the black grams will be burnt by the time you add the chickpeas as it is smaller in size.
- Add the onions and green chillies and saute them well till they are soft. Salt can be added while sauteing.
Note : Salt acts as a catalyst and helps the saute reaction to occur faster than normal.
- Now add the softly boiled Chayote to this and mix it well. Cook till the water is evaporated.
- Add the curry leaves and serve hot.
Note : Freshly grated coconut can be added right before serving to get a rich sweet taste.
Hope you liked this stir fry side dish. Stay tuned for more mild flavored dishes like this.
Have a wonderful day!