Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Kovakkai Poriyal/Tindora Fry/Ivy Gourd Fry

Kovakkai is a very popular and common vegetable prepared in all most all the houses in South India. It is very versatile vegetable with which you can make different varieties of dishes like stuffed tindora, tindora biryani etc. I make it a lot because it serves dual purpose as side dish for rice and can be rolled in rotis for lunch.

Here’s how to make Kovakkai poriyal with step by step photos…


Ingredients

Kovakkai/Tindora
½ kg
Onion
1 finely chopped
Tomato [optional]
1 finely chopped
Garlic cloves
3 crushed
Red chilli powder
1 tsp
Coriander powder
1 tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
Salt
As needed

For Tempering

Oil
1 tbsp
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Cumin seeds
½ tsp
Urad dal
½ tsp
Curry leaves
10
Asafoetida/Perungayam powder
A pinch

Method

Wash the kovakkai and trim the edges and cut them length wise as shown in the photo.


Heat oil in kadai, splutter the mustard seeds, add cumin seeds, urad dal, asafoetida and roast till golden brown.


Add the crushed garlic, curry leaves and sauté until nice aroma fills the room. Now add the onions and sauté until golden brown.


Add finely chopped tomatoes and sauté until mushy.


Add the kovakkai/tindora and sauté for about 2 to 3 mins. Now add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix them well.


Add about ½ cup water, close the lid and cook the kovakkai in medium flame for about 8-10 min. Open the lid in between and give a good stir to avoid burning.


Delicious healthy Kovakkai poriyal is ready, serve it as a side dish for any rice variety or roll in rotis  and pack it for lunch.

Suggestions:
  • I have added tomatoes to enhance the taste of the kovakkai poriyal, you can replace it with tamarind extract or amchoor powder.
  • You can finally add 1 or 2 tbsp of grated coconut for additional taste.


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33 comments:

  1. Is it parmal or kundru.. !!!
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  2. I havent tried. Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. கோவைக்காய் பொறியல் அருமை. பாராட்டுக்கள்.

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  4. Simple and delicious.. Loved it Priya.. Perfect with ghee rice :-)

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  5. Double yum. Your recipes surely excite me the moment I see the pictures. That typical liking for Indian dishes is so difficult to be erased from my mind.

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  6. Looks delicious. Simple and easy to make.

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  7. i too make similarly but i use sambar powder :)love it with sambar sadam ;)

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  8. A prefect side dish for rasam rice, my fav..

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  9. கோவைக்காய் வதக்கல் அருமை! சாம்பாருக்கு நல்ல பக்கத்துணை!!

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  10. wow very very delicious kovaika poriyal dear :) looks super yummy i will try it :)

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  11. i never try kundru with onion and tomato....will try it soon..looks so yum

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  12. wow...love it..I love to have it with my sambar rice!

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  13. my fav stir fry...I don't add garlic and tomato..otherwise I cook it similar way

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  14. i follow a diff method priya.. i cut it into round slices and cook with potatoes.. love this poriyal with kara kuzhambu

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  15. wow.. nice recipe.. my method is little diff.nice clicks..

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  16. its one of my fav vegetable vch iam missing very much here..very yummy luking curry...

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  17. Simple yummy and comforting poriyal..

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  18. i make them almost the same way priya but slice them thin and round....though my hubby is, am not a fan for this sabji but love to eat them raw like carrots :)

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  19. ahhhh lovely Priya...Tindora is my favorite..yours is absolutely delicious...will try soon!!!

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  20. I never tried it with tomatoes and onion, will do it soon, looks delicious.

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  21. A good veggie dish looking great and yummy

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  23. I love kovakkai.. sad part is that I don't get them here! :(

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  24. This looks yummy ! I can never get kovakkai to taste right...I'll try ur version out !

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  26. Excellent side dish for sambar sadam.

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  27. My wife cooks great..I tried this recipe for her..she was impressed very much..thank you...

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    1. Hi Sathish,
      Thank you so much for trying kovakkai poriyal, I am so happy your wife liked it so much. I am really glad that you took your precious time to stop by and let me know,thank you so much. Keep coming back....

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