Microwave chow chow kootu recipe, Thengai burfi !!

Chow chow kootu recipe in microwave

I remember having pestered my hubby to buy a microwave for me some 3 years back promising to use it in a very good way.I had told him microwave retains the nutrients in food, and if it had a grill and convection mode , I will get to try a lot of cakes and other wonderful things and so on…

I did bake a few cakes in the beginning and then tried out some indian delicacies too. Of course then I did bake many cakes , not in the convection option of my microwave oven, but in a huge in built convection oven I had in my new house. Microwave was then left only for reheating the food.

But no, not anymore, I really felt bad about it and decided to use it in a proper way now. And I started with a tamil sidedish called kootu.It tasted good and I am looking forward to use my microwave for many other purposes. And you guys will be seeing this!!!


1 Chow chow/bangalore kathirikai/chokos- chopped in cubes(You can also use ridge gourd, bottlegourd,snake gourd, a combination of vegetables)
to taste Salt
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 cup Tuvar dal- soaked in hot water for 1 hour)
1 tsp Mustard
1 tsp Udid dal
2 tsp Channa dal
2 tsp Oil
1 sprig Curry leaves
a pinch Asafoetida
To grind to a smooth paste
1/2 cup Grated coconut
2 Green chillies
1 tsp Jeera/cumin seeds


  1. Add the oil in a microwave safe bowl along with the other ingredients mentioned under the heading ‘tempering’. Microwave this for a minute using 100%power.
  2. Then add the tuvar dal with 2tbsp of water and microwave again at 100% power for 3 minutes. Stir in between. Then add the chopped vegetable,salt and turmeric powder. Mix well. Microwave at 100% for 8 minutes stirring in after every 2-3 minutes. Ensure that the vegetables and the dal(lentils) is cooked well. If not, microwave for another 2 minutes.
  3. Now add the ground paste. Mix thoroughly and microwave at 100%for another 2 minutes. Mix well.
  4. Serve hot with sambar rice. Goes well with chapatis too.

Coconut burfi/thengai burfi

I have already posted thengai burfi in my blog. But I saw the recipe mentioned in chitramma’s kitchen and found it really good and it did not use ghee. The measurements given are very accurate and the burfis were really good. So basically , this is for my records and will be following this recipe in future. Thank you Dibs for the wonderful recipe.


Grated coconut- 1 coconut
2 Sugar- tumblers
1 Milk- tumbler
a pinch of optional I used yellow colour. Thats totally .


  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Place this on a low flame and stir till sugar melt. Just keep stirring in between. When it thickens, it forms into a ball. Place this on a greased plate and flatten it with a ladle or knife. Allow to cool. Cut into squares or diamond when its still warm.
  2. Store in a air tight container.

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  1. Viki's Kitchen

    Chow chow koottu in MW is new to me. Should try it soon. Thengai barbi makes me drooling. Best wishes to host the event successfully dear.

  2. A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine

    Thengai Barfi looks so yum. Nice picture.


    Wow,kootu in microwave is a gud idea,moong gets cooked soon:)

  4. Mahimaa's kitchen

    thengai burfi without ghee? wow..looks so yummy.sorry, i could not send in anything for your event.. u know i have been so busy with my event. no time to blog much.

  5. Lubna Karim

    Wow looks beautiful and yum…..

  6. kootu has come out well in the MW. Thengai burfi is looking delicious.

  7. Great use of microwave,dish looks great 🙂

  8. Yummy the dishes in ur blog are. I have not been using my microwave effectively too.. so now let me learn that from here. 🙂 First time to your blog and I find it really nice. Keep it going. 🙂 Will be visiting u often. 🙂

  9. delicious kootu..chow chow veggie is new to me..and barfi looks yummmy..

  10. microwaved kootu is really convinient .. lovely burfis too

  11. Kootu looks yumm, i would love it with plain rice, coconut burfi was somthing my mom made for us very often andthis looks so yummy.

  12. Priya Suresh

    Kootu and thenga burfi looks tempting and delicious Sowmya:)

  13. Prathibha

    That looks really nice soumya..good way to use it..even i dont cook much in microwave other than boiling and reheating..really need to start using it in a more effective manner..

  14. MW kootu looks good and quick..my mom addds milk in the end..burfis looks yummmyy..willl try soon:)

  15. hi sowmya,Tha’s a quicker method 🙂 the kootu looks fab, the coconut burfi looks delectable dear and nice snaps too.

  16. Kootu looks great. Kootus are simple and packed with health 🙂 Burfi is awesome, I love coc.burfi. I feel like grabbing one thru the monitor 🙂

  17. Kootu looks gud and love the burfi…yum

  18. love color of thengai burfi..

  19. Kootu in the microwave? Nice one! Thengai burfi looks delicious, too. 🙂

  20. Kootu looks great and burfi looks mouthwatering and yummmmmm…

  21. love the MW version of kootu.Yummy burfi…

  22. Kootu looks yum and loved the burfi!

  23. Ramya Vijaykumar

    Kootu in MW oh thats the heights of making things easier!!! the coconut burfi looks great too!!! I wanted to send in some dishes for the greens event, its not that I ahvent made but it was all so simple I dint wanna send them… But shall try to post one before the deadline 🙂

  24. Home Cooked Oriya Food

    I love your colorful barfi…

  25. The kootu looks yummy, Iam especially impressed with the Coconut barfi. Iam surely going to try this asap. I havent made Coconut barfi for quite sometime now and this sounds easy.

  26. notyet100

    yummy kottu new for me,..burfi looks delicious tooo,..:-)

  27. Shama Nagarajan

    delicious delights dear

  28. thengai burfi is looking too good!microwave cooked kootu has turned out very well!

  29. rekhas kitchen

    nice kootu and burfi looks so tempting

  30. Yummy kootu. U made it easy….

  31. Hari Chandana

    woww…good idea!!.. burfi looks tempting.. 🙂

  32. Premyscakes

    wow!! just love the barfi, had turned out so well.


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