Monday, August 6, 2012

Chayote Raitha


          Chayote, also known as chow-chow or vegetable pear, belongs to the gourd family. It's used widely in Indian cooking, cooked either with lentils (dal or kootu) or as a curry or even in salads and raithas. Usually when I make parathas, I serve it with some raitha ( a vegetable and yogurt preparation) and some spicy pickle. Last week when I made beet-root parathas (recipe coming soon), I made this raitha with chayote,  it tasted delicious, a very simple dish that anybody can do..

Need To Have
  • Chayote - 1 grated
  • Green Chilly - 1 sliced lengthwise
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Urad Dal (Black Gram) - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 5 to 10
  • Yogurt (Curd) - 1 cup

Method
          The grated chayote came to about one cup. Heat oil, add the urad dal and mustard seeds, when it starts spluttering, add the asafoetida, green chilly and curry leaves, followed by the grated chayote and salt. Saute well, till the vegetable is half cooked and becomes dry, remove and cool. Beat the yogurt slightly and add it to the vegetable and mix well. Serve it as a side to rotis or any pilaf or briyani.

Note
Can also add some chopped chillies at the end for extra spiciness.
Can also add some grated ginger while sauteing for extra flavor.      
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28 comments:

  1. Hi Hema ,

    Raitha Looks AAAwesome!!!

    Perfect presentation Hema :)

    Keep on Dear...

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  2. Very very yummy! I love your presentation too X

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  3. lovely raita, never tried using chayote, will try it soon :)

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  4. Raitha with chayote is new to me. But seems to be very delicious..

    Divya's Culinary Journey

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  5. Something new, will try it. Looks delicious

    http://shwetainthekitchen.blogspot.com/

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  6. I often do this raitha. Looks yum.

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  7. Hi Hema,
    The raita looks so refreshing. Perfect for the summer!

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  8. I never tried making any thing with chayote.but tempted to try this raita..

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  9. raitha looks delicious.. perfect for summer..

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  10. We generally make with ashgourd never tried with chow chow...sounds interesting will try next time

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  11. New to me...sounds interesting....

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  12. Looks delicious..a new recipe to try..First time here..you have a wonderfull blog..keep in touch..

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  13. Looks tempting and perfect..

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  14. hema guess what?? I had 2 chayotes sitting lazily in my fridge.. so i went ahead and whipped this up today.. my H was bowled over!!! Thank you :D

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    1. Hey Anusha, nice to hear that you tried it and you liked it too, thanks for the lovely comment..

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  15. super yummy !!!>Join us in our Fast food event - Noodles.

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  16. Never heard of chayote before! Looks fresh and yum...

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  17. Lovely raita...chayote is something I haven't heard about ,maybe I don't the name !!

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  18. Raitha looks yum! I have done this long back, then totally forgot it! Thanks for reminding! :)

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  19. Nice way to include this veggie in our diet...raitha looks yumm.

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  20. nice raita..very good for the summer.

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  21. sounds a healthy recipe....looks delicious

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