Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Simple yet tasty Kovakkai dry sabzi

This vegetable is known as Kovakkai in Tamil, Dondakaya in Telugu, Tindora in Hindi and Ivy Gourd in English.   It is known to have medicinal properties and good for diabetic  people.  It is also a stimulant for liver. It tastes so good and is one of the favourite side dish in my household. Sharing this simple recipe with you all.

Kovakkai - 1/2 Kg
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp

Wash the Kovakkai and wipe dry.  Cut it according to your convenience. I do it this way as I love my vegetable to look good too.  In a pan, pour oil and add urad dal and mustard seeds.  When this splutters, add the curry leaves and Asafoetida. To this, add the chopped Kovakkai, sambar powder, chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt. Cover with lid and keep stirring till it is cooked and done.  It takes about 20 minutes to be done.

Your yummy Kovakkai curry is ready.  This goes well with Rice and Sambar or rasam. It is also a tasty side dish with Rotis.

'We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy.' ~William Osler


  1. Since my family does not like kovakkai , I never prepare it.This recipe is so simple,so I can try it for myself.Thanks for sharing.

  2. wow.such a simple and lovely recipe dear....

  3. Love this veggie, but sad part is we dont have access to this in Stirling :( thanks for the visual feast :)

  4. Sounds gr8 and looks so good!!!nice recipe dear.

  5. I love kovakkai fry but never tried anything else with it.. this must be a lovely curry and yet simple :-)

  6. Will try this next time by adding sambhar powder, looks delicious.

  7. joi, first time i am seeing it cut both length and breadthwise. when i am in a cool mood, i cut it cross wise in cylinders. hurry cooking, 3 cuts and 4 long pieces.

    we did not have this in our family as mummy was not familiar with it. the first time, mani periappa brought it. not surprisingly, only daddy liked it. also, at that time, we never used to see it in mada veethi or viswanathan never brought it in his selection.

    nowadays we eat it often. in the interest of the kids, we put only salt and turmeric. :)



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