Chow Chow Milagu Kootu Recipe-Chayote Squash Cooked in Peppery Lentil Curry

Chow Chow Milagu Kootu Recipe is a mildly spiced kootu recipe, usually had along with rasam and steamed rice in southern india. Kootu is a curry made using vegetables and lentils, cooked with minimal or no spiced. It also makes for a light and flavourful accompaniment for the phulkas. The freshly roasted and ground peppery cumin masala adds a great flavour to the kootu.   Chow chow (chayote squash), Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu), Curry leaves, Dry Red Chillies, Yellow Moong Dal (Split), Asafoetida (hing), Turmeric powder (Haldi), Whole Black Peppercorns, Cumin seeds (Jeera), White Urad Dal (Split), Fresh coconut, Oil, Salt   2 Chow chow (chayote squash) , cut into cubes 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1 sprig Curry leaves 2 Dry Red Chillies 1/2 cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split) Asafoetida (hing) , a pinch 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) 1 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) 2 teaspoons White Urad Dal (Split) 1 tablespoon Fresh coconut , grated 2 teaspoons Oil Salt , to taste     10   15     To begin making Chow Chow Milagu Kootu Recipe, wash and peel the outer skin of the chayote quash with a peeler. Cut it into cubes and keep aside.Wash and soak the moong dal in water for 10 minutes.In a small pan, dry roast the peppercorns, cumin seeds, urad dal and grated coconut till they turn golden and fragrant in medium heat. Grind it to a coarse mix using a mixer grinder and keep aside.Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the mustard seeds, let it crackle.Once the mustard seeds have crackled add the asafoetida, curry leaves, red chillies and let it splutter.Add the chayote squash and saute for a minute.Drain and add the moong dal, and saute for a minute.Add the ground pepper mix, turmeric powder, salt to taste, 1.5 cup of water and mix well.Put the lid on and pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium heat.Once the pressure is completely released, remove the lid, mix well and its ready to serve. Serve the Chow Chow Milagu Kootu Recipe along with Phulkas or with Jeera Rasam, Steamed Rice and Elai Vadam for the weeknight dinner.