Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kovakkai Vadhakkal / Tindora Subzi / Ivy Gourd Stir Fry..

Ivy Gourd is a vegetable that looks similar to the cucumber and also referred to as the baby cucumber.
It is a tropical vine and has lots of medicinal values.The juice of the roots and the leaves are used to treat Diabetes and many skin problems.It also helps to regulate blood sugar levels and promotes a more healthy and a balanced body.
The most common method of cooking this vegetable is stir fry or vadhakkal.
Here is the recipe:


Kovakkai/Tindora-1 lb (fresh or frozen)

For Tempering:

Oil-2 Tbsp

Mustard- 1 Tsp

Urad dhall-1 Tbsp

Red chilly powder- 1/2 Tsp

Asafoetida-a pinch

Turmeric- 1/2 Tsp

Curry leaves- a few

Salt to taste

To Dry Roast and Grind:

Whole or broken peanuts (without skin)- 1/2 Cup

Vella Ellu/Sesame seeds- 1/2 Tbsp

Dry Red Chillies-2 to 3 (depending on spice levels)


1.Wash the veggie well and pat it dry.If using frozen, just rinse and microwave it.

2.Cut it into thin long strips and microwave for 10 minutes with 3 tbsp of water.Check and stir in between as the kovakkai may become very dry and shrink if there is not enough water.

3.In a pan, dry roast the sesame seeds first and keep it aside. Next dry roast the peanuts and red chillies and grind them into a coarse powder once they cool down.

4.Heat oil in the same pan and add the items for tempering and the microwaved kovakkai along with salt and turmeric.

5.Cook covered for a few minutes and then add the red chilly powder and the ground spice powder.

6.Stir fry well with lid open till the kovakkai shrinks and  becomes crisp and light brown.

7. The texture from the peanut powder and the aroma from the sesame seeds give the Ivy Gourd a very good flavour making it very enjoyable to eat!!