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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Kovakkai Poriyal | Ivy gourd (Tindora) Stir fry

Kovakkai Poriyal is nothing but stir fried Ivy gourd. It is a simple and easy to make side dish. This is healthy and vegan dish.

Stir fried Ivy gourd
Kovakkai Poriyal
What are the ingredients needed?

Kovakkai / Ivy gourd / Tindora, 1 lb (washed and chopped)
Oil, 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds, 1/4 teaspoon
Chana dal / kadala paruppu, 1 tablespoon
Onion, 1 large (chopped)
Curry leaves, 2 sprigs
Sambar Powder, 1 tablespoon
Salt, as needed
Grated coconut, 1/4 cup

tindora stir fry
Ivy gourd stir fry
How it is made?
  1. Heat oil in a skillet, add mustard seeds and when they crack, add channa dal then fry for a minute. Then add chopped onions and curry leaves and fry till onions turn translucent.
  2. Then add chopped ivy gourd along with sambar powder then required salt mix well and lower the heat and cover and cook. Sprinkle some water as needed.
  3. Once the ivy-gourd is cooked and the excess water (if any is evaporated) then turn off the heat and then add grated coconut and mix well and serve.
Tindora Stir fry
  • You can add a hand full of peanuts too. If adding then add it along with channa dal.
  • You can also add urad dal along with channa dal or only urad dal if you prefer.
  • Increase or decrease the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste.
  • Instead of sambar powder, you can use 1 teaspoon of chilli powder. 


  1. yummy side da :) i never used to like this veg but not anymore :) one of the changes marriage has brought.

  2. Love this vegetable when it's cut it in circles not in long slices. Nice healthy dish. Visit me too

  3. love this veggie,infact we had it yesterday..yummy stir fry,Divya :)

  4. Simple n delicious side dish, love simply with some sambar rice.


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