Kovakkai or Ivy gourd also called Tindora is a nutritious vegetable . It’s known to be a natural source of Thiamine and helps to control blood sugar . There are umpteen nutritional benefits to this humble, oft ignored vegetable .
Kovakkai can be prepared in different ways , in stir fries, curries or with other vegetables in Avial .
Kovakkai-1cup ( cut lengthwise )
Onion -1( finely chopped)
Tomato -1-finely chopped
Garlic -1pod crushed
Chilli powder , Coriander powder , Turmeric powder and salt .
Peanuts -2tbsp(without skin)
Curry leaves -1sprig
Coconut -2tbsp (grated)
Steam and Cook the Kovakkai with onion , tomato,garlic,all the spices and salt and water either in a microwave or directly on the stove until they are soft to touch .
Heat oil in a pan,season with mustard, let it splutter. Then add the other seasoning ingredients.Add the cooked Kovakkai and mix well . And cook closed until all water is absorbed stirring off and on .
Add in the grated coconut and mix well, keep on stove for another minute and it’s done .
*i prefer to cut the kovakkai lengthwise instead of discs . Though both work well .
*the coconut can be ground to a thick paste along with sombu(fennel seeds) and added to the cooked vegetable instead of adding the grated coconut .