Exquisite Corner

'Exquisite' means of such beauty or delicacy as to arouse intense delight .A food that's creative, thoughtfully prepared, beautifully presented and easy to eat makes it absolutely delicious.On this corner,I have tried to recollect the spicy memories and food that I have enjoyed, a delicacy that still persist on the corner of my heart.Hope you too will enjoy it. Bon Appetit !


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chayote / Chow Chow - Moongdal Curry


  1. Chayote / Chow Chow / Cho Cho - 2 medium sized(sliced into cubes)
  2. Moong dal - 1/2 cup
  3. Coconut - 1 cup (grated)
  4. Shallots - 2 No:s
  5. Chilly powder - 1/2 tspn
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tspn
  7. Cumin seeds - 1/4 tspn
  8. Whole red chilly - 2 No:s
  9. Mustard seeds
  10. Curry leaves
  11. Coconut oil

How to make

Pressure cook the moong dal for 5-6 whistles. Take a bottom heavy pan. Add sliced chayote and water so that the water is filled just above the contents. Cook in medium flame. When it is half cooked add little salt to it. Meanwhile, grind the shredded coconut, cumin seeds,turmeric powder and chilly powder in mixer to make a paste. When the chayote is done, add the cooked moong dal to the pan and mix well. Add the ground paste to the pan and mix well so that the coconut paste, moog dal and chayote is blended well. Add 1/4 cup water and cook for about 5 minutes in low flame. Take a wok. Heat oil in it and add chopped shallots and whole red chilly. When the shallots turn brown in color, add mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Sending this to Smitha's  and Sonia's Healthy Cooking Challenge event .
Also to MLLA-36 and Susan's host line-up


  1. Thanks Vardhini.....this is my grandma's fav curry

  2. Again...a combination I never would have thought of :-)

  3. Hi Nisha,

    Try it and let me know.