November 06, 2016

Kovakkai / Ivy Gourd Masala Fry

Try this different method of making Kovakkai that sounds tasty and spicy to have with any rice. Very ideal side dish for lunch box also...
  • Pre time: 15 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients for making Kovakkai / Ivy Gourd Masala Fry:

  • Kovakkai / Ivy gourd 500 gms
  • Salt 1/2 tea spoon
  • Asafoetida 1/4 tea spoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tea spoon
  • Oil 3 table spoons
  • Mustard seeds, urad dal and cumin seeds 1 tea spoon each for seasoning
  • Curry leaves few

For Masala Powder:

  • Coriander seeds 3 table spoons
  • Chana dal / Kadalai Paruppu 2 table spoons
  • Red chillies 6
  • Coconut 2 table spoons
Heat a pan with 2 tea spoons of oil and fry all the items except coconut to golden brown and finally add coconut and stir for 1 more minute and switch off the stove.
Once they get cooled down powder the stuff and keep aside.

How to make Kovakkai / Ivy Gourd Masala Fry?

  • Wash the veggies and remove the tip on both the edges.
  • Cut them vertically to four pieces.
  • Pressure cook them to two whistles in a pressure cooker with salt and turmeric powder after sprinkling handful of water.
  • Once the steam is released keep them aside.
  • Heat a pan with 3 table spoons of oil and do the seasoning with mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Add the asafoetida too.
  • Transfer the pressure cooked veggies in to the pan and stir well.
  • Let them get fried for 5 to 10 minutes and stir them at regular intervals.
  • When the water is completely absorbed add the masala powder to the pan and mix well.
  • Now keep the flame to low and let them get fried well with the spicy powder for 5 more minutes.
  • Switch off the stove.