kovakkai poriyal

Kovakkai poriyal recipe with step by step pics. Kovakkai poriyal is a South Indian style ivy gourd stir fry. A vegan recipe.

“kovakkkai” is the tamil name for ivy gourd and poriyal is a sauteed or stir-fried recipe made with any vegetable.

kovakkai poriyal, ivy gourd poriyal

Ivy gourd is also known as “tindora” in hindi and “tendli” in marathi languages. So this kovakkai poriyal can also be called as ivy gourd stir fry. The stir-frying is done on a low flame and not on a high flame so that the ivy gourd slices get cooked uniformly and do not get burnt. It is also important to note that the stir-frying is not done non-stop but at intervals.

I often make poriyal recipes with various vegetables as they are quick to make and pair very well with rice or roti accompanied with some dal, sambar, rasam. In fact, poriyal also tastes good when accompanied with curd rice.

This kovakkai poriyal is an easy recipe, gets done quickly and is a slight crispier version. It is also a simple and homely version of kovakkai poriyal made without onion and garlic. It can be packed in the tiffin box with chapatis or served as a side with rice accompanied with dal or sambar or rasam. Ivy gourd poriyal can also be served as a side dish with chapatis.

Tip on selecting ivy gourd

When making any ivy gourd recipe, always use the ones which are tender. Avoid using ivy gourds which have become ripe & dark red.

I usually make kovakkai poriyal or any other vegetable poriyal, when I make sambar, rasam or vatha kulambu.

Taste wise this kovakkai poriyal is very different from the Kovakkai fry i had shared earlier. This recipe is made without coconut and uses spices that are easily available in an Indian kitchen. Though you can add coconut if you want. The recipe can be doubled or tripled also.

How to make kovakkai poriyal

1. Using a colander, rinse 200 grams kovakkai very well in running water. Drain all the water. Then chop the kovakkai in 0.5 cm slices. You will need 1.5 cups sliced kovakkai or ivy gourds.

kovakkai

2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil a thick bottomed pan or kadai. A cast iron kadai also works very well. Keep flame to low. Use a heavy small to medium sized kadai or pan and cook on a low flame. Add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds. Keep all the ingredients ready before you begin.

making kovakkai poriyal

3. Let the mustard seeds begin to crackle.

making kovakkai poriyal

4. Then add ½ teaspoon urad dal.

making kovakkai poriyal

5. Stirring often fry the urad dal.

making kovakkai poriyal

6. Fry urad dal till the lentils become golden.

making kovakkai poriyal

7. Add 1 to 2 dry red chilies (broken and seeds removed) and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing).

making kovakkai poriyal

8. Stir for 2 to 3 seconds.

making kovakkai poriyal

Making kovakkai poriyal

9. Add the sliced kovakkai. Thickly sliced kovakkai will take a longer time to cook as compared to medium or thinly sliced kovakkai.

making kovakkai poriyal

10. Mix the kovakkai slices well.

making kovakkai poriyal

11. Season with salt as per taste.

making kovakkai poriyal

12. Again mix and sauté kovakkai for 4 to 5 minutes stirring at intervals.

making kovakkai poriyal

13. Then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder and 1 teaspoon coriander powder. NOTE – you can add sambar powder and skip coriander and red chilli powder altogether. Sometimes I only add sambar powder. The spice powders can be added more or less as per taste.

making kovakkai poriyal

14. Mix the spice powders with the kovakkai slices.

making kovakkai poriyal

15. Then add 5 to 6 small to medium-sized curry leaves.

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16. Mix again.

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17. Saute kovakkai on a low flame till the edges of the slices start looking crisp. This will take about 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame. Stir often.

making kovakkai poriyal

18. Here is another close-up pic of the above step.

making kovakkai poriyal

19. Now add 1 tablespoon gram flour (besan or chickpea flour). You can also add 1 tablespoon rice flour instead of besan.

making kovakkai poriyal

20. Mix the besan very well.

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21. Sauté for a few more minutes – about 5 to 6 minutes on a low flame.

kovakkai poriyal

22. By this time the besan will also get cooked and will give a crisp texture in the poriyal. Stir often for even cooking of kovakkai slices.

kovakkai poriyal

23. Serve kovakkai poriyal as a side vegetable with a South Indian main course or even dal-rice or curd-rice. While serving you can garnish with coriander leaves. A bit of lemon juice can also be drizzled on top of poriyal while serving.

kovakkai poriyal recipe, ivy gourd stir fry
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Kovakkai Poriyal

5 from 4 votes
Kovakkai poriyal is simple, homely and tasty South Indian style recipe of ivy gourd stir fry. Easy to make and goes very well as a side dish with steamed rice or roti. No onion no garlic recipe. 
kovakkai poriyal
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:side dish
Cuisine:south indian,tamil nadu
Servings (change the number to scale):3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 cups sliced kovakkai or 200 grams kovakkai – ivy gourd, tindora, tendli
  • 2 tablespoons oil - gingelly oil, sunflower oil or peanut oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal (split husked black gram)
  • 1 to 2 dry red chillies - broken and seeds removed
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • salt as required
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • 5 to 6 small to medium sized curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon gram flour (besan, kadalai mavu, chickpea flour)

INSTRUCTIONS

chopping kovakkai

  • Using a colander, rinse 200 grams kovakkai very well in running water. Drain all the water.
  • Then chop the kovakkai in 0.5 cm slices. You will need 1.5 cups sliced kovakkai or ivy gourds.

frying spices

  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil a thick bottomed pan or kadai. A cast iron kadai also works very well. Keep flame to low. Use a heavy small to medium sized kadai or pan and cook on a low flame.
  • Add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them begin to crackle.
  • Then add ½ teaspoon urad dal. stirring often fry the urad dal till the lentils become golden.
  • Add 1 to 2 dry red chillies (broken and seeds removed) and 1 pinch asafoetida. stir for 2 to 3 seconds.

making kovakkai poriyal

  • Add the sliced kovakkai. Thickly sliced kovakkai will take a longer time to cook as compared to medium or thinly sliced kovakkai.
  • Mix the kovakkai slices well. season with salt as per taste.
  • Again mix and sauté kovakkai for 4 to 5 minutes stirring at intervals.
  • Then add turmeric powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and coriander powder. Note: you can add sambar powder and skip coriander and red chilli powder altogether. Sometimes I only add sambar powder. The spice powders can be added more or less as per taste.
  • Mix the spice powders with the kovakkai slices.
  • Then add 5 to 6 small to medium sized curry leaves and mix again.
  • Saute kovakkai on a low flame till the edges of the slices start looking crisp. This will take about 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame. Stir often.
  • Now add 1 tablespoon gram flour (besan). You can also add 1 tablespoon rice flour instead of besan. mix the besan very well.
  • Sauté for a few more minutes – about 5 to 6 minutes on a low flame. stir often for even cooking of kovakkai slices.
  • By this time the besan will also get cooked and will give a crisp texture in kovakkai poriyal. 
  • Serve kovakkai poriyal as a side vegetable with a south indian main course or even dal-rice or curd-rice. While serving you can garnish with coriander leaves. While serving a bit of lemon juice can also be drizzled on top of it. 

NOTES

  • Use a heavy small to medium sized kadai or pan and cook the kovakkai poriyal on a low flame. A cast iron pan or kadai also works well.
  • Thickly sliced kovakkai will take a longer time to cook as compared to medium or thinly sliced kovakkai.
  • The recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  • Spice powders can be added less or more as per your taste requirements.
  • You can add sambar powder and then skip adding coriander and red chilli powder completely in the recipe.
  • Some freshly grated coconut or desiccated coconut can also be added towards the end once the recipe is done. 

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Kovakkai Poriyal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 413mg18%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 206IU4%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 19mg95%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
Vitamin E 4mg27%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 8mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 196µg49%
Iron 9mg50%
Magnesium 2mg1%
Phosphorus 4mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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2 comments/reviews

  1. Tried this recipe today.a very simple preparation.just adding sambar powder, lime and a garnish of coriander leaves,it tasted awesome.
    Next will try beetroot poriyal.5 stars