Chow Chow Pachadi (Raita)

Here is a very simple recipe with chayote squash (chow chow or bangalore Kathrikai as we call it back home). I never thought this vegetable in raita, until I saw this recipe in one of the cookery shows and definitely wanted to give it a a try. It really came out very well.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 3-4 
1. Chow Chow (Chayote Squash) - 1
2. Grated Coconut - 3 tablespoon
3. Red chilies - 3
4. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tablespoon
5. Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
6. Curry leaves - 2 to 3
7. Curd - 4-5 tablespoon
8. Turmeric powder - a pinch
9. Oil - 1 tablespoon
10. Salt - to taste
11. Curry leaves - 3 to 4

1. Peel the skin and grate the squash finely.
2. Cook it with little water for 6-8 minutes in the microwave or stove
3. Meanwhile, make a fine paste of coconut, red chilies and cumin seeds and little water.
4. Add this paste to the cooked squash and cook it again for 4-5 minutes in microwave or stove.
5. Add the required salt and curd.
6. Season it with mustard seeds, turmeric powder and curry leaves.

Serve it with any rice. It would be a nice combination with any pulav and briyani as a variation from regular onion raita.


  1. All great thing in life are usually simple and this is certainly true of the Raita described here. I have not tried it yet mainly because i am struggling to find the right ingredients. I live in surrey and one would have thought that these ingredients would be readily available but this is not the case which is both annoying and strange. Maybe i should start up a shop for all others like me who are looking for the same. Enough said. I am off to make myself the Raita without for all ingredients. Improvisation is the name of the game. I will keep you posted on how it turns out. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Finally i got the right ingredients after a very long time. The taste is so amazing that i can't forget it to my whole life but i must admit and agree with cooking recipes that good technique always gives good results. Thanks for sharing such helpful recipe.
    ~Aansy Stone

  3. Wohoo my fav raita....looks so yumm and delicious goes with anything deep fried dish, rice, roti, bread, vegetable....just too good!!


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