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
- 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
- Wash and soak millet for 30 minutes. Drain.
- Roast all the spices given under the heading ''spice powder'' in oil and make a coarse powder.
- 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.
- Cook on high for 3 whistles. Switch off and let the pressure settle down.
- Open and fluff up after 5 minutes.
- Aromatic spicy chow chow pulav ready. Serve with any raita.
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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.