I love to make vegetable chutneys a lot as it tastes different from our usual coconut or coriander chutney and also I love to include a vegetable dip with my main dish .Adding veggies to the chutney makes it more interesting and for kids who don't like some veggies you can actually make chutney out of them and then give them. My daughter eats all the veggies with main course but refuses to eat veggies in salads. I mostly don't have prob in giving her veggies but I see some fuzzy eaters am also including adults who are not much fan of veggies, vegetable chutney's might surprise them. I have tried carrot, beetroot, ridge gourd, bottle gourd,even mixed vegetable chutney and my h just loves them all as they are diffrent from usual chutneys. Chow chow chutney is one my fav and my H had hard time finding the veggie in this chutney.. It is fun to have guessing game with my H when try something different. You can add tadka/ tempering to the chutney if you want. Now moving on to this interesting chutney ..
Chow-Chow Kothamalli Chutney
Chow-chow ( chayote) - 3/4 cup (Diced and heaped - I used half the choyate)
Coriander leaves - 1 cup
Urad Dal / Black gram dal - 2 tsp
Channa Dal / Bengal gram whole - 1 tsp
Tamarind - a marble size
Green chillies/ Red chillies - 2-3 no
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
In a sauce pan heat oil , add urad dal, channa dal mix them well.
After they turn golden brown add green chillies and saute. Instead of green chilli you may also use red chillies.
Add the diced chow-chow and saute them till they are just cook.
Add the tamarind to chow chow and saute them well.
After the chow chow is cooked turn off the flame and let it cool.
In a mixture add coriander leaves , chow-chow mixture, salt to taste.
Grind them to a smooth chutney. If needed you can temper them with some mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.You will not need water to grind them.