Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Carrot Chayote Squash Chutney/ Carrot Chayote Thogayal

Cooking with Chayote, a first! Loved this vegetable! This was after we had  this thogayal at a friend's home. 

The internet has a good amount of Chayote Chutney's and thogayal's. Two among several: The Yum Blog and then, Manju's recipe at Mirch Masala  which is more of a Koottu, with several others in all combinations. Have not added tamarind and coconut here. 2 red chillies were meant to cut through the sweetness of carrots and were spicy for our palatte; one can adjust according to preference.
1/2 of a large Chayote Squash/ 2 cups grated Chayote Squash
1/3 Cup or 2 small carrots, grated
2 dried red chillies [according to preference]
1/4 tsp cummin seeds
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp channa dal
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1tbsp vegetable oil, plus 1 tsp of oil for sauteing

For Tempering
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
Pinch of saunf/ Aniseed
1 stem curry leaves
Pinch of asafoetida

Grate the Chayote Squash and the Carrots
Heat 1 tsp of oil 
Temper, urad dal, then channa dal, cummin  and  red chillies.
Keep aside.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil  on medium high and add the grated chayote and carrots, 
Add turmeric powder and saute until soft
Take off the heat and let cool.

Grind to a fairly smooth paste with the tempered mix of dals and chillies.
Add salt.
Do the final tempering with oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, aniseed and curry leaves,
Add a pinch of asafeotida at the end.
Pour immediately over the ground paste.


  1. ooohh..i like that! Amma makes thogayal with the strings from pumpkin and we love it. I am sure this tastes awesome! thanks for the link..glad you like my koottu recipe :)

  2. Thankyou! Please do post that recipe too Manju! I often think of our humble home-cooks each time someone raves about how the Italians or the Spanish or someone else cooks: utilizing each part of the vegetable/animal.
    Indian cuisine should be a treasure trove then!

  3. never Chayote tried anything w/Chayote ... this looks great!

  4. New dish to me...I never knew what a chayote was...thanks more enhancing my knowledge..the dish looks really very tasty and tempting....

  5. Wow Combo of Squash and Carrots sounds interesting.Adding coconut makes more creamy and flavourful.

  6. Mmmmm,very interesting thogaiyal.

  7. yippee...I make this too! Lovely pics!

  8. Fantastic and lovley combo...thanks for sharing..


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