Monday, February 20, 2012

Chayote (Chokos) Tomato Stew 番茄焖煮佛手瓜

Okra with Tomatoes. Bitter Melon with Tomatoes. Brisling Sardines with Tomatoes. Cabbage with Tomatoes. And now...Chokos (Chayote) with Tomatoes.

When the word "Umami" became a hype these few years, tomatoes became a topic of the town as they are tied to ketchup which many claimed to taste "Umami" - kinda addictive with savory deliciousness. I do not like ketchup (or probably, should I say, not my kitchen or dining habit to have it?) but extremely so love tomatoes. That is why many Indian curries and dishes taste so good. They've got tomatoes.

Chayote (Chokos) and Tomatoes Quick Stew
Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, finely minced; 1 medium-size onion, thinly sliced; 1 chayote, peeled and thinly sliced; 2 medium-size tomatoes, sliced to bite-sizes; 1tsp curry powder; pinch of cumin, fennel, salt and pepper

Directions: Heat some oil in a pan. Add in onions, garlic, pinch of cumin, fennel, curry powder and fry till fragrant. Add in tomatoes and mix well. Add in 2 tbsp water, cover the pan and allow the tomatoes to simmer at low -medium heat. When tomatoes softened, add in chayote, mix well, add about 2 to 3 tbsps water, cover pan and allow simmer for about 5 to 8 minutes, till chayote softened. Add salt and pepper to taste.

When you see Chayote (Chokos) in the supermarket, pick one without blemish.

I have many chokos recipes that you can try. Soup, salad, stir-fry and this quick stew. You have it all.

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