Sunday, November 22, 2009

Chayote with Grated Coconut/Thoran

Chayote (pronounced chai-yo-tay) is a member of the cucumber and squash family which seems to be available in our markets throughout the year. Though it is eaten both in raw or cooked forms, it is actually a fruit. In both forms it is a good source of amino acids and Vitamin C. It is also low in calories, sodium, contains no cholestrol and is a good source of fibre. You can peel it or prepare it with the skin on. The seed is tender and edible as well.

The mild flavour makes it very versatile to be used in a variety of recipes.

The kind of preparation that I have used is with grated coconut and is commonly known as "thoran" in South India. Here's how I prepared it.

2 chayotes
1 onion sliced
5 cloves of garlic
1 sprig of curry leaf
1 green chilli slit
1/4 tsp ground tumeric
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbs grated coconut


  • Wash clean, and grate the chayote.
  • Slice the onions, chop the garlic fine and slit the chilli.
  • In a pan heat oil and splutter the mustard seeds.
  • Add the curry leaf, onions, garlic and chilli and saute.
  • Add the grated chayote, ground tumeric and salt, mix well. Cover and cook. Do not cook the chayote till soft, there should be minimal cooking to leave the crunchy texture.
  • When done add the grated coconut.
  • Take off the heat and serve warm.
Have you experimented with Chayote? How do you like it? Waiting to hear from you.
You can also check Chayote Sweet/Halwa

Chayote on Foodista


  1. o,i never seen this chayote in's a very informative post for me!

  2. Wow, that combo of spices with coconut sounds amazing!

  3. Never had or knew what this was before. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have not seen this fruit yet...or maybe I wasn't aware that there is. Love the spices. Looks delicious and healthy too.

  5. I don't think I can get that around here. I'd love to try it though. I'll have a mooch!

  6. I always wonder how else to cook chayote. Now I have another idea. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. HOw neat! I made chayote salad tonight!

  8. Oh yes, I saw this kind of fruit at the wet market very often but have no idea how to make them. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

  9. I've been studying seed catalogs to get ready for spring and keep seeing chayote. I've never cooked with it, so I didn't pay much attention, but now I'm going to go back and look for those chayote seeds. This sounds wonderful!

  10. Vow vow vow, nice idea, never liked this veggie in my life but i do thoran with many other veggies. Sure wil try this.



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