I have always observed that the skin of every vegetable or fruit is enriched in vitamins and proteins and helps in the cure of many ailments. And that is the reason I love the way our ancestors have incorporated the peels into our cooking in many ways. The best way is a thogaiyal (chutney) which can be made spicy and tangy to satisfy the taste buds.
Chow chow aka seemai kathrikkai is what we call this Chayote. For starters, chayote contains no cholesterol and unhealthy fats, and is usually recommended for controlling bad cholesterol levels and promoting healthy weight. Furthermore, chayote is a rich source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin C.
So, here is a simple yet delicious chow chow peel thogaiyal which is great on bread toast, chapatis and hot rice too!
Chow chow peels – peels from 2 small size chow chow
Coriander – one handful
Mint leaves – one handful
Tamarind – size of a small gooseberry
In a pan, fry the above said ingredients in a tsp of oil, by adding the required salt. Adding salt will help the peels to become soft and cook fast. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
Red chillies – 2 nos
Urad dal – 1 heaped tablespoon
Pepper – 1 tsp
Mustard – 1/4tsp
Hing (Asafoetida) – the size of a peanut
In a pan, add a tsp of oil, fry the asafoetida bar first, add the mustard, let it crackle, then add the other ingredients and fry them on medium heat till the dal turns golden in color. Remove from heat and cool it.
After it cools down, take a blender and grind the peels and tamarind along with red chillies and hing to a fine paste. Now add the fried dals and pepper and use the whip button of the blender so that the thogaiyal is coarse to feel, which will give a nice crunch while eating.