Kovakkai curry

Written by: 7aumsuvai

Kovakkai / tindora curry is prepared with kovakkai / tindora in a tamarind based gravy which goes well with white rice and chappathi too.

Kovakkai curry


      • 1/2 cup – Kovakkai / tindora (cut it lengthwise)
      • 1 no – Onion (chopped)
      • 1 no – Tomato (chopped)
      • 2 nos – Garlic
      • 1/4 tsp – Turmeric powder
      • 1/2 or 1 tsp – Red chilli powder
      • 1 tsp – Coriander powder
      • 1 no – Tamarind (blueberry sized)
      • Salt to taste


      • 1 tbsp – Sesame oil
      • 1/4 tsp – Mustard seeds
      • 1/4 tsp – Split black gram / ulunthu
      • 1 pinch – Fenugreek seeds
      • 4 or 5 nos – Curry leaves

Kovakkai curry process

Preparation method:

  1. Soak tamarind in a 1/4 cup of water. Set it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add onion, tomato, garlic and enough salt, saute until translucent. Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder, saute until raw smell goes. Let it cool.
  3. In the same pan, season with items given in the list for seasoning. Add chopped kovakkai / tindora along with little salt, saute until they are 1/2 done.
  4. Then add ground masala paste and 1/4 cup water, bring it to boil. Once the kovakkai / tindora is completely cooked, add tamarind juice and cook until raw smell of tamarind goes or until it reaches gravy consistency. Kovakkai curry is ready to serve.

Kovakkai curry


  • You can increase or decrease red chilli powder as per your spice level.


  1. the curry looks delicious and awesome...

  2. Wud lov to try this delicious curry with rotis!


  3. Very delicious curry with ivygourds...Have to make some soon..

  4. curry looks real yummy ! would taste wonderful with rice and a dollop of Ghee !

  5. Hi you have not mentioned what the masala paste was.

    1. Thank you Nithya..i did not notice it so far..I have mentioned masala in step 2, but i forgot to mention "grind them to paste". Thank you once again.

  6. I tried this recipe. It was yummy. Thank you

  7. Thank you for the simple and delicious recipe, outcome was really good and tasty.

  8. Hi this kovakkai recipe we tried so many time. And the taste is really delicious also we included the same I our regular menu.Note: I heard that the kovakkai is good for diabetics and jaundice patients.


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