I discovered Chayote in Bangalore few years ago when Sushma made this delicious chutney with hot steaming rice.  Chayote is a member of squash family. It originated from from central Mexico and now grown all over the world.  South Indians call it Chow Chow and its a common side dish in a South Indian’s household. This chutney can be served with idli, dosa and hot steaming rice.


2 chayote

1/2 teaspoon haldi (turmeric)

5-6 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoon peanuts

2-3 tamarind pieces

1 tablespoon jeera (cumin)

2 fresh green chillies

1 teaspoon salt

For Tempering

1 tablespoon Oil

1/2 teaspoon rye (mustard seeds)

3-4 curry leaves

2-3 dry red chillies

2-3 cloves of crushed garlic



Remove the skin and seeds from the Chayote and cut into small pieces


In a medium hot pan add oil, jeera and green chillies. Stir fry for few minutes. Then add garlic, chopped Chayote, turmeric and salt. Stir fry until the Chayote is soft and then cool it.  Add tamarind and grind the mixture in the blender.


Grind the peanuts coarsely in a separate blender and then add it to the Chayote mixture.  The Chutney is ready.

STEP 4  

Take a small pan, add oil, mustard seeds, crushed garlic, dry red chillies and curry leaves.  Pour the seasoning on the chutney.