Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Kovakkai Poriyal

Today is Ganesh Chathurthi. Happy Gowri Ganesh Festival to all my blog readers. 

We have successfully started the second week of this month long marathon. For the second week I have chosen the ingredient as kovakkai - a vegetable. The other names for this vegetable is ivy gourd, tindora, etc. I chose this vegetables as the ingredient for this week because this vegetable grows in my backyard. So it would be easier for me to make a couple of recipes.

Kovakkai is a very healthy vegetable. We can also have it raw like salad. Offlate this vegetable is promoted a lot since it is very good for diabetes. So lets see this week the various recipes with these vegetable. I am starting with a simple poriyal - a side dish that goes very well with sambar and rice.


kovakkai - 500g
Salt - to taste
turmeric powder - ½ teaspoon 
red chilli powder - 1½ teaspoon
shredded coconut - ¼ cup (optional)
Oil - 3 tbsp
mustard seeds - ¼ teaspoon 
urad dal - 1 teaspoon 
dried red chillies - 2 
medium onion - 1
curry leaves - few springs


  • Heat oil in a pan until hot. Add in the mustard seeds, urad dal and dried red chillies. Fry until the seeds splutter and the urad dal turns golden. 
  • Add in the finely chopped onions and curry leaves. Fry till the onions are soft and starting to brown.
  • Add in the chopped kovakkai to the pan. Add in the salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
  • Add about half a cup of water. Around 100-125 ml. Close and cook until the water is absorbed and the kovakkai is cooked well.
  • Fry the kovakkai on low flame for a good 10-15 minutes. Keep sauteing every 2 minutes to avoid scorching at the bottom. 
  • Once its nicely cooked and fried, finally add the shredded coconut and saute for a couple of minutes more.
  • Remove off heat and serve.
Enjoy it with hot steaming rice!!

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  1. That is a nice way of preparing kovakkai. Looks good..

  2. Haha, I like the reason why you picked this vegetable and it is a good one. I would have done the same!! I cook it in a similar way, minus coconut.

  3. this grows in your backyard? wow wow.. great pick yaar

  4. I love this kovakkai very much, and have tried couple of dishes out of it. My all time favourite is this poriyal.

  5. That's a good side dish. I too do it this way

  6. Wow! home grown tindora? That is so cool. Love this veggie and the curry is flavorful and simple.

  7. Kovakkai is one of my favorite vegetable and the way you made it is how I like it :)

  8. I like your pick of the week . Ivy gourd in different avatars would be so interesting . Lovely side dish , a new version for me .

  9. Wow nice choice and wonderful to know you have this growing in your backyard!

  10. Poriyal loos simple yet flavorful.Lovely side dish to pair with roti.

  11. Very nice to know it grows in ur backyard :)) farm fresh veggies in a simple stir fry - we make it very similarly except to chop the veggie lengthwise

  12. Wow you grow them at home. Lovely side dish.

  13. One of my favorite curries. We use either onion or coconut to it.

  14. we love ivy gourd,only thing I hate is chopping them, a tedious job!!😀

  15. Such a wonderful stir fry using ivy gourd. Lovely.

  16. Love ivy gourd and this poriyal looks awesome.

  17. fresh veggies from ur own garden is always a blessing...the poriyal looks great