BM #120 Week 2 Day 3 - 

Today's recipe from Tamil Nadu starts with C, the third letter of the English alphabet.

This is a simple curry with minimal ingredients and brings out the natural taste of the vegetable. The star ingredient apart from the vegetable itself is coconut. So feel free to add as much as preferred.

If you have missed the previous post in this "A-Z dishes from Tamil Nadu" series, here are the links -

Ingredients - 

Chow chow peeled, seeded, diced 3 cups
Salt Turmeric as needed
Fresh or frozen coconut (shredded) 2 Tbsp
Seasoning (Oil 1 tsp, mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad dal 1 tsp, Jeera a pinch, Red chilies 2, Curry leaves few)

Method Of Preparation -

Peel the skin of chow-chow, remove the seed and cut the peeled chow chow into small cubes.

Boil the chow chow cubes along with salt and a pinch of turmeric powder in 1 cup of water. (I would steam in a steamer or microwave for 8 minutes).

After chow chow becomes tender, remove and keep aside.

In a heated pan, add oil. Add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, jeera, dry red chillies and curry leaves.

After the mustard seeds pop and the dals are brown, add the cooked chow chow.

Cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes.

Finally add the grated coconut and stir fry on high heat for a minute and remove from heat.

Chow chow poriyal is ready to be served.


Preparation Time 20 minutes
Serves 4-5


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. We love this poriyal Harini. There was a time when we only made sambar with it...then one day we simply tried making it as poriyal and loved it so much..ever since then we make it in different ways..we even add peanut powder in the end that makes it andhra dish..hahaahh..

  3. Radha Says:
  4. This is perfect. This is exactly how my mom makes.

  5. Such a simple poriyal harini! I too have made only chow-chow sambar or thogayal, for a long time. Only recently started making it as a stir-fry! I love to eat this poriyal as such!!!

  6. sushma Says:
  7. Chow chow poriyal looks super yummy Harini

  8. Narmadha Says:
  9. I love chow chow poriyal with a lot of coconuts. This looks so delicious and with a sambar on the side, it will be so yummy.

  10. I used to only make sambar or kootu with chow chow before. I have to try this poriyal as I love ash gourd poriyal a lot and I don;t get that as easily as chow chow.

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