Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sri Lankan Chow Chow Preserve


1 1/2 lbs chayote (chow chow) fresh fruit
2lbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water


Wash and peel fruit.  Then remove seeds and cut fruit up into small pieces.  

Place cut fruit with sugar,  water and salt into a heavy based pot and bring to a boil on stove.  Once boil until fruit is cooked through and sugar has reduced and thickened.  Allow chow chow to cool and place in a sterilized jar until needed.   This recipe was used in Sri Lankan Christmas Cake


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  1. Now this is a super unusual use for chayotes. I am completely intrigued, Ramona!

  2. I note your copyright, and would like to honour it. But when you say 'Please do not use', can I assume you mean it's okay to cook it but not okay to publish it?

    1. Yes, Yes... cook away. The copyright is just so the recipe is only used in print with my approval. Thanks!

  3. Dear Ramona

    Thank you! I have been looking for this recipe for years. I love the Sri Lankan Christmas cake but was never able to do it justice as I could not get the Chow Chow. I live in Australia an I would need to send away for the Chow Chow for the Xmas cakes. I make cakes for the family and this is up to a dozen cakes a year. I preserve quiet a bit so when I saw your recipe I jumped too it. I have to admit thought I have an aversion to Choko as a child. But I want to try the traditional recipe and today have made 5 x your batch for multiple jars. Will do more next week. :)

  4. Hi Ramona, roughly how many jars does this recipe make? I love this website, I have passed it onto my Mum. Sri Lankan food cooked the easy way on the other side of the world. Just like being there :-)

  5. Thank you so much for commenting and stopping by my blog. I have photographed all the chow chow I made in the photo so I think it's about 1 1/2 pounds of chow chow... the bottle is a 2lb bottle and it's 3/4 of the way full. Hope that helps. :)

  6. I want to know more about your national cuisine. So, thank you for these recipes. Be well!

  7. I have not met such fruits so I can not say whether I like this recipe or it will not work for me.


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