Posted by: Sahaja | November 3, 2008

Bangalore/Seema Vankaya Kura – Chayote curry called as Chow Chow in Delhi

In the asian spice shop (i call it asian sky shop), today evening there was nothing except seema vankaya-telugu- (bangalore kathirkaya in Tamil, chow chow in Hindi). So, I bought it….

Also, from yesterday its Karthika masam (lunar calender month of Karthika), so we try and avoid onions in this month……So, I made seema vanakaya tomato curry and Here’s the recipe…Its very easy to make and it took me 15mins all in all :D….Try 😀

Things You need :

  • Chayote – 2 medium sized chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • Tomatoes – 2 chopped into small cubes
  • Turmeric – a pinch
  • Green chillies – 3 cut diagonally
  • Red chillies – 1
  • Salt – to taste
  • Coriander – for garnish
  • Curry leaves – 6-7 for garnish

For Seasoning – Tiragamatha (Popu) or Tadka

  • Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Chana dal -1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds -1/4 tsp
  • Jeera (cumin seeds) – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp

How to make:

  • Wash , peel and chop the chayote into 1 inch cubes. You need not remove seeds if present.
  • Wash and chop tomatoes into small size cubes.
  • Take a pan and heat oil in it. 
  • To this add the popu (seasoning) and wait till mustard seeds pop
  • Then add green chillies,red chillies and curry leaves.
  • Now add the chopped chayote and cook under low heat for 5 mins . Add turmeric and salt and mix well while heating.
  • Now add the tomatoes and cook for some more time with lid.
  • Check if the chayote pieces are cooked and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with rice or roti . Yummy dish and healthy too 😀



  1. This looks yummy but I’m not particularly fond of the taste of this vegetable.

  2. Thanks Raj 🙂

    Actually I never liked it previously because of the sweetish taste….I will share another recipe soon ….that one hides the actual sweetness …you can try that 🙂
    Its good for health mainly coz it takes the heat off the body

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