Chow Chow Thoran (Poriyal) Recipe

Chow Chow Thoran or Poriyal is a simple side dish where chow chow/chayote is sauteed with coconut and basic masalas. It is a South Indian dish which is usually served with Sambar/Rasam and Steamed Rice.

Archana Doshi
Chow Chow Thoran (Poriyal) Recipe
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The Chow Chow Thoran (Poriyal) recipe is an inspiration of the Kerala dish where vegetables are prepared along with coconut, green chillies and a few spices. Its simple, healthy and a great way to incorporate vegetables in your diet that are is simply delicious.

You can serve Chow Chow Thoran along with Steamed RiceTomato Rasam, Mixed Vegetable Sambar and Elai Vadam for an everyday meal.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Poriyal Recipes such as

  1. Carrot And Beans Poriyal Recipe 
  2. Beetroot Poriyal Recipe
  3. Carrot Poriyal Recipe


Cuisine: Kerala Recipes
Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

30 M


4 Servings


  • 3 Chayote
  • 1/2 cup Fresh coconut , grated
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves
  • Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Chow Chow Thoran (Poriyal) Recipe

  1. To begin making the Chow Chow Thoran Recipe, peel the chow chow and cut them into medium size dices. Steam the vegetable with salt in the pressure cooker adding just about 2 tablespoons of water or a steamer until it is soft and cooked.

  2. In a blender, make a coarse mixture of the coconut, one sprig of curry leaves, green chillies and cumin seeds.

  3. Combine the coconut mixture into the steamed chow chow and keep aside.

  4. The final step is to make the seasoning. Heat a small pan with a teaspoon of oil; add in the mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.

  5. Once it crackles, stir in the other sprig of curry leaves and the turmeric powder.

  6. Turn off the heat and pour this seasoning into the Chow Chow Thoran mixture. Stir to come well and check the salt levels and adjust to suit your taste.

  7. You can serve Chow Chow Thoran along with Steamed RiceTomato RasamMixed Vegetable Sambar and Elai Vadam for an everyday meal.