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IP Chayote Kootu | Instant Pot Chow Chow Kootu without coconut

Chow Chow kootu in Instant pot is a tasty rice accompaniment/side that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Sambar powder gives a nice flavor to the kootu. No grinding required for this vegan side. IP Chow chow kootu is perfect for busy days
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Course: Kootu
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Chayote - 1 peeled and roughly chopped
  • Moong dal - 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Jaggery - pinch
  • Hing - generous pinch
  • Coriander leaves - few
  • To temper:
  • Coconut oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few


  • Soak moong dal in hot water for half an hour
  • Turn on IP in sauté mode add oil and when the oil is hot add all the ingredients “to temper”; turn off IP
  • Add soaked moong dal, Chayote, turmeric powder, Sambar powder, pepper- cumin powder and water; turn on IP in manual mode and cook for 20 minutes - high temperature; let the pressure realases naturally
  • Mix well. Turn on the IP in sauté mode - add salt, hing, pinch of jaggery and give a quick 2-3 stir; switch off and garnish with coriander leaves


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  1. Kootu can be cooked in pressure cooker or stove top
  2. Soaking dal helps in faster cooking
  3. Adjust the Sambar powder/ pepper- cumin powder according to your taste
  4. Pinch of sugar can be used instead of jaggery
  5. Coconut can be ground with cumin and green and added to the Kootu instead of adding Sambar powder
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