Chow Chow Chana Pulav

Cooks in : 20 min Serves: 2 people

Chow Chow/Chayote is a watery vegetable which is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Generally chutney, kootu, dry curry are prepared with this vegetable. I made pulav and added white chana for protein purpose. It became a wholesome meal. I used Little Millet for this recipe.


  • 1/2 Cup Little Millet/Samai
  • 1/4 Cup Soaked drained Chick Peas/White Chana (1/4 Cup after soaking)
  • 1 Cup Cubed Chow Chow/Chayote
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
Spice Powder:
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 3 Tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 1 Tsp Chana dal
  • 4 Red Chillies ( 2 beydagi, 2 long variety)
  • 1/2 Tsp White Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida Powder


  1. Wash and soak millet for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Roast all the spices given under the heading “spice powder” in oil and make a coarse powder.
  3. In a 2 Ltr cooker add as follows:
    • Layer 1: 1 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp water
    • Layer 2: Diced chow chow pieces
    • Layer 3: Drained millet
    • Layer 4: Drained chick peas
    • Layer 5: Spice powder, turmeric powder, salt, a few curry leaves
    • Pour 3/4 Cup water from sides without disturbing the set up.
  4. Cook on high for 3 whistles. Switch off and let the pressure settle down.
  5. Open and fluff up after 5 minutes.
  6. Aromatic spicy chow chow pulav ready. Serve with any raita.


1. If beydagi chillies are not available, use normal chillies. Adjust the qty of chillies and salt according to individual taste.

2. Chow chow is a watery vegetable. Mine was very juicy and I added water accordingly. If needed, add 1/4 Cup more of water as each millet takes different water quantity.

3. Can add 2 tbsp roasted peanuts after opening the cooker. It gives a crunchy taste.

4. Kodo/Barnyard/Foxtail millets can also be used instead of Little millet for this recipe.



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