Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kovakkai Poriyal / Ivy Gourd Stir-Fry

Kovakkai is called Ivy-Gourd in English and Tindora in Hindi. They are like the teeny-weeny versions of cucumbers. I found them at the local Asian Grocery store the other day and was very excited to find them after a really very long time. The stir-fry or the dry curry is very easy to make and requires just the basic ingredients. It goes very well with Roti or rice.


Ivy Gourd - Sliced - 2 Cups
Oil - 2 - 3Tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Urad Dal - 1 Tsp
Chana Dal - 1 Tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 Tsp
Chili Powder - 1/2 Tsp
Salt - To Taste
Cilantro - To Garnish

  • Wash the Ivy Gourd well and cut them into long and thin slices.

  • Take a wok, add 2-3 tsp of oil. Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds.

  • Add Urad Dal and Chana Dal as the mustard seeds pop up.

  • Now add the sliced Ivy Gourd to the seasoning.

  • Mix the Ivy Gourd well with the seasoning.

  • Add salt according to taste. 

  • Then add the turmeric powder and Chilli powder. 

  • Mix well and cover and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Keep stirring in-between so that vegetable does not burn at the bottom of the pan.

  • Once the Ivy-Gourd turns pale  and soft and is easily breakable with a spoon, the stir-fry is done.Serve hot and Enjoy !!


Priya Sreeram said...

r they like parwal? smaller version may be?? the sabzi looks nice n healthy!

Gayu said...

Priya: They look very much like Parwal but much smaller in size..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

yummy.. this veg goes great with curd rice!

Pushpa said...

Kovakkai poriyal looks yummy,my fav side dish too.

Kurinji said...

easy n yummy recipe!

Priya said...

Simply delicious poriyal..

aipi said...

yum yum....would go perfect with hot rice n daal!!

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Sayantani said...

I love this and perfect for a filling lunch wth rice, dal and papad.

Subhashini said...

yummu poriyal.First time in your blog.lovely one.following you.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This veggie is new to me, but I like the way how you prepare it. Usually i like to deep fry the bittergourd with curry powder too.

Kitchen Boffin said...

i love kovakkai.. this dish looks quite yummy.. cheers!

Siri said...

I love tindora (dondakaya as we call in Telugu). the curry looks so yummy Gayu :)


Shivani said...

liked the way you presented