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Seemai Kathrikai/Chow-Chow (Chayote) Moru Kootu

Seemai_Kathrikai_Chow_Chow_Chayote_Moru_Kootu_1 Chayote is mostly available in vegetable market throughout the year. Here I have prepared moru kootu (மோர் கூட்டு) using chayote.

Kootu is a healthy side dish prepared in Tamil Nadu. It is healthy because it uses less spices and oil. My family likes all types of kootu. This Seemai Kathrikai/Chow-Chow (Chayote) Moru Kootu is a nice combo for variety rice, pulikuzambu, chapathi etc. Seasoning this dish with coconut oil makes it more tastier.

Other dishes that I prepare with chayote are: Thuvayal, Adai (pancake).

Chayote is known as Seemai Kathrikai (சீமை கத்திரிக்காய்)/Chow-Chow (சௌ சௌ)/Bangalore Kathrikai (பெங்களூர் கத்திரிக்காய்) in Tamil. Buttermilk is known as moru (மோர்) in Tamil.


  • Chayote chopped – 2 cup
  • Sour curd/thick buttermilk – half cup
  • Toor dal or pigeon pea – 1 tablespoon
  • Bengal gram – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds – half teaspoon
  • Mustard – quarter teaspoon
  • Coconut grated – 2 tablespoon
  • Green chilli – 2 no
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Coconut oil/any edible oil – half  teaspoon



  • Soak toor dal and Bengal gram for 30 minutes; grind it as a coarse paste by adding grated coconut, green chilli, one or two curry leaves and cumin seeds.

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  • In a pan, boil chopped chayote with salt till soft; add ground paste.

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  • Cook for few seconds (to ensure that spices get cooked); now add curd and mix.

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  • Boil for few minutes (add little water if required to get thinner consistency); now do seasoning separately (with mustard, curry leaves) in another small pan.

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  • Add seasoning and mix well.

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  • Now Seemai Kathrikai/Chow-Chow (Chayote) Moru Kootu is ready. Serve hot as a side dish.



  • This dish can also be prepared with other veggie like bottle guard, ash guard, green leafy vegetables and cucumber.

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • shamanags February 18, 2011, 8:59 pm

    lovely recipe

  • Priya February 19, 2011, 12:41 am

    Wowww such a tempting and inviting kootu..

  • Usha B N February 19, 2011, 10:40 am

    My all time favourite, best when made with ash guard.

  • Priya Sreeram February 20, 2011, 11:19 am

    chow-chow is my favourite and this looks yum !

  • Vidhya February 24, 2011, 3:03 am

    Looks awesome. Are you saying that we can use spinach instead of chayote ? Will it be just the replacement or are there any other changes in the recipe ? Please advice.

  • Kamala February 24, 2011, 11:59 pm

    @ Vidhya
    Yes. You can use spinach instead of chayote without any changes in the recipe.

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