Chayote squash is a vegetable which is not so popular but has been used in our house since childhood. I like the texture and green color of chayote. By the way it is also known by various names like seema vankaya , chow chow and bangalore vankaya. Until now I was not aware of the fact that it is very rich in fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Apparently the leaves from this plant have medicinal uses as well. It is supposed to dissolve kidney stones and also reduce hypertension.

Since my family is a fan of potato I wanted to try the combination of these vegetables and so this curry has occupied a prime spot in our dinner menu.

Ingredients -

Chayote 2 medium

Potato 1 medium
Carrot 1 medium
Turmeric - a pinch
Cloves 2 nos
Cinnamon 1 inch
Ginger 1 inch
Coconut (grated or powdered) 3-4 tsp
Green chillies 2-3 nos
Jeera 1 tsp
Coriander leaves
Milk 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Seasoning (oil, chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, dried red chilli, curry leaves)

Method of Preparation -

In a skillet on a medium-high flame, heat some oil and add cloves, cinnamon and the seasoning.

After the mustard seeds start crackling, add chopped chayote, potato, carrot and turmeric and saute them for a minute.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of water, cover and let it cook for 10-15 min or until the veggies are cooked. (Alternatively, the veggies could be microwaved for about 7-8 min or pressure cooked and added)

Add the paste of Ginger, Coconut, green chillies, jeera and coriander leaves. Pour some milk and let it simmer.

Add salt and mix for a couple of minutes. Switch off the flame and serve hot with Roti or Rice.

Serves 3 Adults
Preparation Time 25 min

Posted by Harini on Wednesday, March 17, 2010


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