Chow Chow Kadalai Paruppu Kootu / Chana Dal with Chayote Squash / No coconut added

         Yellow split chick peas/ chana dal/ Kadalai paruppu have a sweet nutty flavor and hold their shape well. I used chayote squash/ chow chow for this dal . Chayote squah/ chow chow enhances the flavor and texture of the dal. To make this, soak the chana dal for 2-3 hrs in cold water with salt  before cooking. Then follows the pressure cooking method of dal, vegetable and spices. Substitute any squash like bottle gourd, snake gourd, ash gourd if chow chow are not available.


        1/2 Cup of  Yellow split chick peas/ chana dal/ Kadalai paruppu
        1 Chayote squash / Chow Chow, Diced
        2 Tsp of Oil
        1/2 Tsp of Mustard Seeds
        1/2 Tsp of Urad Dal
        1 Red Chilly
        Pinch of Asafoetida
        1 Sprig of Curry Leaves
        3 Garlic Cloves, Finely Chopped
        1 Tsp of Fresh Ginger, Minced
        2 Green Chillies
        1/2 Tsp of Turmeric Powder
        1/2 Tsp of Cumin Powder
        1 Tsp of Coriander Powder
        1/4 Tsp of Garam Masala 
        Salt and water as needed



    Health Benefits of Chow chow / Chayote squash


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