Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chow Chow (Vegetable Pear/Bengaluru Brinjal/Chayote/ Alligator Pear) Chutney

This chutney is an alternate to our regular coconut white chutney. I am person who gets very conscious while eating coconut chutney, because too much coconut is not good for health. But the fact is most of the south Indian items like idly, dosa, pongal go well with coconut chutney. I always wished we had some alternative which would just taste the same as coconut chutney but doesn’t have coconut. Wow that sounds nice but I did realize that in fact we can make something like that with our Chow Chow. This chutney has the same ingredients as the coconut chutney but minus coconut and add Chow Chow. Please try it and you too will realize like I did and love this one. In the picture the chutney looks a little pale because I didn't have green chilles so I added red ones.


Chow Chow – 1 medium
Green chillies – 2
Tamarind – 1 very small ball
Roasted Channa Dhal – 3 tbsp
Ginger – 1 inch
Curry leaves – 1 strand
Oil – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
For Seasoning:
Mustad seeds – ½ tsp
Urad dal – ½ tsp
Channa Dhal – 1 tsp
Red chillies – 1
Gingely Oil- 1 tbsp
Curry leaves – 1 strand


Peel the skin from the Chow Chow and cut into small cubes. Add 1 tsp oil to a pan and fry the chow chow for a 5 minutes. Add all the mentioned ingredients and the chow chow to the mixer and blend them to a smooth paste. Next heat oil in a pan and get the seasoning ready and add it to the chutney. Mix well and serve with hot idly, dosa, pongal etc


  1. Chow chow chutney looks dleicious, i make stirfry with them.

  2. How about adding coconut and minus the pottu kadalai for ekadasi? will it work?

  3. We do this too .. at first I was skeptical but then it tasted so yummy.


  4. I make this too .. very tasty right.

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  5. Looks new to me .. Will try some time .. Looks wonderful .. Happy to follow u ...

  6. Thanks all for your comments.

    @Preethi - We can just minus the pottukadalai and add ground nut for ekadesi.

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  8. hi nice blog and lovely recipes...shall see u around.would want to go through ur recipes in detail sometime :P
    I too make chow chow chutney but a little differnt from urs :P thanks for ur version :P

  9. wow... yummy chutney, you very inspired me. thanks.


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