Spicy kovakkai / Tindora

Written by: 7aumsuvai

Kovakkai / Tindora / Ivy gourd is a widely consumed vegetable, available in India through out the year. Ivy gourd is recommended for diabetic patients because it helps regulating blood sugar levels.

Spicy kovakkai


      • 2 cups/ 1/4 kg  - Kovakkai / Tindora / Ivy gourd (cut lengthwise thinly)
      • 1 no – Onion (chopped lengthwise)
      • 1 tsp – Red chili powder / Sambar powder
      • Salt as needed
      • 2 tbsp – Oil
      • 1/4 tsp – Mustard seeds
      • 1/4 tsp – Split black gram
      • 4 or 5 nos – Curry leaves

For grinding: 

      • 1 1/2 tbsp – Bengal gram (kadalai paruppu)
      • 1/2 tsp – Split black gram (ulutham paruppu)
      • 3 or 4 nos – Dry red chilies

Spicy kovakkai process

Spicy kovakkai

Preparation method:

  1. Take a wide bowl, add chopped kovakkai, red chili powder and required salt; mix well and marinate for 15 mins.
  2. Dry roast and grind items given for grinding to a fine powder.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, split black gram and curry leaves. Add onion saute till golden brown.
  4. Now add marinated kovakkai pieces and saute for 5 minutes. Sprinkle little water and cover with lid, reduce the flame and cook for 7 to 8 minutes. Check in between if there is enough water.
  5. Once kovakkai is done, add ground powder and mix well. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes stirring continuously, so that masala powder will form a coating on the kovakkai and it will get roasted nicely. Spicy kovakkai is ready to serve.

Spicy kovakkai


  1. i always lov recipes with kovaikai lovely presentation dear...

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  3. wonderfully done!!! looks spicy and delicious:)
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  4. Looks spicy and yum... Kovakkai is my moms favorite and would love to try this.
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