Chow Chow kootu - Version 2

I already have posted a version of chow chow kootu earlier, but this one has a slight variation and flavor. 

Preparation Time: 15 mins Cooking time: 30 mins

1. Chow chow (Chayote) - 1
2. Moong dhal - 1/4 cup
3. Onion - finely chopped - 1/4 cup
4. Tomato - finely chopped - 1/4 cup
5. Salt - to taste
6. Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
To Grind:
1. Coconut - 5 tablespoon
2. Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
3. Red chilies - 1 ( I used a long red chilly so one was enough, if using smaller ones you can use 2 or alter according to your spice preference)
4. Peppercorns - 5 to 6
To Temper:
1. Oil - 2 tablespoon
2. Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
3. Curry leaves - 5 to 6
4. Asafoetida - pinch

1. Wash and soak Moong dhal for 15 minutes
2. Cut chow chow into small pieces and finely chop onion and tomato
3. In a pressure cooker, add the cut vegetables, moong dhal, turmeric powder, salt and water (vegetables and dhal should soak in water)
4. Leave it for 3 whistles
5. Grind the ingredients given under 'to grind' into a paste with little water
6. Once the pressure comes down, open the cooker and add the ground paste and bring it to boil (approximately takes 5 to 6 minutes). You may adjust the consistency of the kootu at this stage by adding water
7. Now prepare the seasoning - heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add asafoetida, curry leaves and red chilies
8. Add it to the kootu and switch off the stove

Chow chow kootu is ready to be served. This can be had with rice or rotis.

1. If the kootu becomes watery, you can add 1 teaspoon of rice flour
2. You can use coconut oil for seasoning if you like coconut flavor
3. Instead of moong dhal,you can use masoor dhal

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