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Chow Chow (Chayote Squash) Poricha Kuzhambu

Poricha kuzhambu is a traditional dish that we usually make in my place. This is a simple and healthy recipe. The actual recipe is without onion, tomato and fennel seeds.  But I have started making this recipe with the addition of these ingredients so that it gives a little masala flavour.

Preparation time : 30 min
No of Servings : 4-5
Spice Level: 3


  • Chayote Squash- 2 (cut to small cube size)
  • Onion – 1/4(finely chopped)
  • Tomato-1/4(chopped)
  • Toor dhal – 1/2 cup
  • Sambar powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Hing – a pinch
  • Seasoning vadam – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp

Masala to grind:

  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Peppercorn – 1/4 tsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Pressure cook toor dhal with a pinch of turmeric and hing for 3 whistles.
  2. Boil the cut chayote squash to 90% and keep it aside.
  3. Grind the ingredients in the masala to grind to fine paste with little water and keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions followed by tomatoes and add some water.
  5. Add the turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt followed by the cut chayote squash.
  6. Then add the thoor dhal and boil it for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Then add the ground paste and allow it to boil for 5 minutes.
  8. Fry the seasoning vadam with little oil and season it.
  9. Serve hot with rice.

We can use cucumber, broad beans, bottle guard, mixed vegetables and will be more tastier with spinach.


  1. Looks so creamy…perfect for rice and rotis…Too gud

  2. Looks very irresistible, thick and yummy..

  3. Gravy looks thick and creamy. Nice click

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. very different from the ususal poricha kulambhu. nice texture. Goes nice with rotis.

  5. My favourite kuzhambu..looks yummy..

  6. I would love to dip a piece of roti into this Poricha kuzhambu! It looks delicious!!

  7. wonderful kuzhambu …looks so delicious n healthy

  8. Hey Arthi

    WE love chow chow, never made anything like this out of that. That simply looks superb..

    Kairali sisters

  9. Poricha kuhambu looks really yummy Arthi. Nice one.

  10. Hi Arthi,Thanks alot for visiting my blog and your sweet comments:)That curry looks do delicious.Nice one.

  11. Wow, that pic is soooooooooooooo mouth watering, it is inviting, very very much 🙂

  12. Looks delicious..

  13. this is my fav kuzhambu, loved that bright colour, delicious

  14. Wow. Looks great and tempting.

  15. Lovely click arti and a very lovely recipe too…

  16. Oh wow, looks great!

  17. delicious poricha kuzhambu.Thanks for visiting my blog and giving a lovely comment.You too have a nice blog with nice recipes.

  18. delicious kuzhambu.. very tasty dish..nice pics too

  19. nice click..looks so yummy!! perfect with rice..

  20. Thank you friends for dropping by and giving wonderful comments 🙂

  21. I’ve never tried Chayotte squash, and would love to try! This looks so creamy and delicious!

  22. oh this looks great!

  23. Thank you all!!