Squash In A Flash

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Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves: 2
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Difficulty: Easy

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  • 1 cup -chayote quash (chow-chow), peeled and grated
  • 2 -tomatoes, medium size, diced small
  • 1/2 cup - diced onion or shallots
  • 1/2 tsp -salt
  • 1/2 -1 tsp -hot pepper powder (milakai podi in Tamil)
  • For seasoning
  • 1-2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp -black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp -washed black gram dal
  • 1 tsp- washed Bengal gram dal
  • 1 sprig- curry leaves

How to Make Squash In A Flash

  • In a non-stick pan heat 1 tsp oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until tender.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till they get mushy.
  • Now add salt and the grated chow-chow. Increase the heat, add the hot pepper powder and cook the vegetable dry turning often (exercising caution not to burn it) for about 5-10 minutes.
  • When it is cooked, reduce heat.
  • Taste and adjust the salt and hot pepper powder.
  • Now add the thalippu and the dish is done.
  • For thalippu: In a small skillet heat 1 tsp oil. Add the mustard seeds. If the oil is adequately hot they should crackle and pop instantaneously. Add the dals at once and let them fry to a golden brown. It takes only a few seconds. Then add the curry leaves, stir and turn off the heat.
  • To serve:
  • Can be side dish for rice with sambhar, rasam or buttermilk.
  • Can be eaten mixed with plain rice and ghee.
  • Can eat with naan or chapatti.
  • Can be used as a sandwich filler.
  • Can serve as canape on crisp cracker or toasted French bread slice topped with a dollop of sour cream.