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November 25, 2009


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I tried this thogayal from a cookbook. A very tasty thogayal that goes well with plain rice topped with sesame oil.
chow chow thogayal

  • Chayote / Chow chow – 1 no( medium size)
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size
  • Red chilly – 3-4 nos
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Hing / Asafetida – 1 pinch.
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt & water – As needed.
Method :
  • Heat a kadai with a tbsp of oil and add red chilly, urad , channa dal and hing.
  • Roast till the dals turn golden brown.Set aside.
  • Peel off the skin of chayote and chop finely.Saute and cook till soft.
  • Let it cool down and then grind everything with tamarind ,salt and water.
  • Serve with plain rice & sesame oil..
 chow chow thogayal 1


SAYOTE, CHAYOTE in English or known as Sechium Edule- an edible plant just like melons, cucumbers and squash.
Chayote- pronounced roughly as “chy-O-tay” ..
* Does not need to be peeled
* Can be eaten raw in salad
* It can be boiled
* It can be stuffed
* It can be mashed
* It can be baked
* It can be fried or pickled
* Both the fruit (vegetable) and the seed are rich in amino acids and vitamin C
Uses/ Benefits:
* The leaves and fruit have diuretic, cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory properties.
* Tea made from the leaves has been used in the treatment of arteriosclerosis and hypertension and to dissolve kidney stones.
The chayote (pronounced chy-O-tay) is a member of the gourd family and is a variety of tropical squash. It was originally cultivated as a dietary staple in Central America by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Chayote has a mild taste, similar to a cucumber or zucchini. It is often sold in stores under different names including mirliton, vegetable pear, sapote, huisquil, mango squash, pear squash, custard marrow, pipinella, cho cho, xu-xu, fut shau kua, ngow-lai choi, tsai hsio li, hayato uri, and tao tah. Currently, chayote is popularly grown in Costa Rica and Mexico. It is also grown in the United States in California and Florida.
Although chayote can be purchased year round it is most commonly available during the months of September through May. Additionally, it can be found in many ethnic grocery stores such as Latin American, Asian, and Indian. It is also beginning to appear in many well-known supermarkets as consumers become aware of it cooking diversity as well as its health benefits. For example, chayote provides a good source of vitamin C. While the chayote gourd itself is most commonly sold in stores, occasionally the gourd will be sold along with the vines on which it was grown. The tips of these vines can be eaten as well, and are used to make a salad.
You can identify a chayote by its resemblance to a large pear. Additionally, its skin is colored creamy-white or light green. Although it usually has a smooth skin, some chayotes may have prickles on them. Chayotes can weigh anywhere from eight ounces to five pounds. They also range in length from three to eight inches. Typically, the smaller chayotes are what you will find at a market. Besides being high in vitamin C, the chayote is low in calories (50 calories per one medium chayote of approximately 203 grams), low in sodium, contains no cholesterol, and is a good source of fiber. The chayote is also versatile to cook with because it can be eaten raw, used in salads, or it can be fried, baked, broiled, sautéed, steamed, mashed, or microwaved. It can also be used as an ingredient in soups and stews.
When purchasing a chayote, select only those that are firm to the touch and have little or no surface marks on them. After purchasing the chayote, you can store it for up to seven days in your home, before using it, as long as you keep the chayote refrigerated. Note that when using the chayote, the whole chayote is edible, including the skin and soft seed inside. You also do not need to peel the chayote's skin before using it.
Some typical uses for chayote include sautéing small chayote chunks in onions and fresh herbs or in broth and a little oil and serving it as a side dish. You can also stuff the chayote with a mixture of ground meat and bake it in the oven as a main dish. Many people also like to add marinated, cooked chayote to a salad comprised of tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Because chayote has a mild flavor, it can be used in a variety of recipes.
The increase usage of chayote in the United States has proved that this gourd is gaining in cooking popularity. Additionally, the chayote will continue to be a healthy staple to the diet of many international consumers.


  1. That looks so gud! I have chow chow in hand,will try for sure :)

  2. really mouthwatering one...looks spicy!

  3. Such a tempting picture, really looks spicy and delicious..i do prepare thogayal with chow chow but bit different..yummy dish..

  4. hi chitra, nice! i like chow chow. and never had it in chutney form.

  5. wow......looks yumm dear..tha too with rice sounds delicious....sure will try.

  6. thuvayal is the only thing I make and I love with chayote...looks yumm..

  7. Look sso yummy....sounds gr8 wid rice.

  8. Along with the ingredients you have mentioned, I add grated coconut too. And yours have got a gorgeous color.

    Got to know much more about chow chow through ur KC.

  9. Wow..that was so neat!Looks real tempting!

  10. I always thought choc choc was a bland veg, but mad elike this it looks so delicous.

  11. looks real good chitra! a nice comfort food too :)nice click :)

  12. Hi Chitra,

    Chow chow Chutney looks very spicy and delicious too....
    checked out ur ragi vermicelli dish dear. Simply superb!!!!!

  13. Looks spicy and delicious....Never tried this ..its a new recipe to me.

  14. This looks yummy and perfect for hot steamed rice.

  15. Looks spicy and yummy....Never tried any recipes with chow is new to me.

  16. pls see this link

  17. looks delicious and yummy, dear....tempting clicks!

  18. That looks really yum dear! I make only kootu, thogaiyal is a nice idea! :)

  19. Never know a thogayal with chayote . Thanks dear. The health benefit inspires me to use it often. Thogayal looks so lovely.

  20. I will grab Chayote this weekend and make this one sounds tooo good :)

  21. Thogayal looks great and sounds a super hit dish Chitra. I always make only withthe peel and not the veggie as such. Will give this a try.

  22. Good idea to use this veg....nice click

  23. I never tried this one before... always use chayote in koottu or sambar... this one sounds like a good variation... will try this next time

  24. Picture looks very tempting Chitra... perfect one with hot rice, rasam and papad :)

  25. Chow chow thuvaiyal sounds yumm, looks delish:)

  26. i always make kootu with chow chow.Thogayal is a nice variation.and looks very nice.Great click.

  27. very innovative.
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    Check here

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  29. looks thick and creamy consistency; nice thuvayal with chow-chow!!

  30. wow, this is simple comfort food

  31. Oi, amiga!
    Voltei porque senti saudade do seu cantinho.
    Que receita deliciosa e nutritiva... além de linda e apetitosa.
    Você é muito talentosa!
    Aguardo você em:
    Beijinhos carinhosos.
    Itabira - Brasil

  32. tasty one,i like to this with idly & dosa

  33. I never knew you could make a thogiyal with chow chow. Have used it only for curry and kootu. Will definitely try this sometime.

  34. I didn't know you could make thoghiyal with chow chow. Only make kootu and curry. Will definitely try this one out.
    (PS: tried posting this earlier - if there is duplication - am sorry)

  35. Chow chow thogayal sounds yum ! Loved the new layout and look of your site .....

  36. I have a similar one in my space too. Love chayote in any form.

  37. you made delicious creamy curry with chayote. Innovative!

  38. The pic says it all Chitra.I love to make these...they hardly take time.Great stuff on the kitchen clinic too:)

  39. Delicious and beautiful! I love this recipe.

  40. nice one my fav like to eat with kootu..drop in sometime.

  41. That looks so delicious and mouth watering, love the information you provide, i just read your profile and saw that your profession is cooking...are you a professional chef?

  42. Thank u all dearies for ur encouraging words..
    @parita , thanks..LoL , iam not a chef..I've mentioned cookking as my occupation , interest & hobby..Tat u've mistaken i think..;)Thanks dear , i've edited my profile :)


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