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Chayote Curry (Chow Chow Masala Curry)

Chayote curry is a simple and delicious side dish that is great to serve with either roti or rice. Chow-Chow is cooked in an easy to make spicy tomato gravy.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: andhra
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • 8 - 10 Curry leaves
  • 2 Medium Chayote/ Chow chow, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Large Onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Tomato puree
  • ½ tsp Red chili powder
  • tsps Garam Masala or Curry powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Ginger+Garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp Ground Cashews
  • ½ cup Milk (optional)
  • To taste Salt


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add urad dal, mustard & cumin seeds and curry leaves. Once the seeds start to splutter, add the onions and sauté until lightly browned around the edges, takes about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add turmeric and ginger+garlic paste at this point; mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add tomato puree and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Next add ground cashews, red chili powder, curry powder, salt and chopped chayote. Mix well.
  • Add ½ cup of milk (if using) or water, no need to add too much water since chayote gives out moisture while cooking.
  • Close the lid and pressure cook on medium flame for 2 whistles.
  • Once the pressure drops, open the lid and serve hot with rice or rotis.


  • This curry can be made in an Instant Pot as well. Follow the recipe as written and cook on high pressure/ manual for 4 minutes.
  • The curry can also be made in a skillet - will just take a little longer, may 15 minutes to cook chayote until tender.
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