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Kovakkai Poriyal | Tindora Poriyal

Kovakkai Poriyal
Ivy gourd is known as baby watermelon, tindora and kovakkai. There will be lot of this tindora plants in streets in my home town and I haven't seen anyone preparing a recipe with this vegetable. When I saw kovakkai poriyal in my chennai hostel, the first thing I did was to inform about this vegetable curry to my mom.Tindora /Kovakkai is rich in Vitamin A, vitamin C and beta-carotene. Kovakkai poriyal is served as side dish to Rice. Please check below for step by step instructions for preparing  South Indian Kovakkai Poriyal

Preparation Time:      5 mins
Cook Time :                10 mins
Ready in :                   15 mins
Yields :                        4 Servings 

Kovakkai Poriyal

Kovakkai / Tindora sliced
1 Cup
Onions chopped
1/2 Cup
1 tbsp
1/4 tsp
Red chilly
Curry leaves
Urad dal
1/2 tsp
Channa dal
1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Chilli powder
1 tsp 
Shredded coconut
1 tbsp (optional)
Coriander Leaves chopped
1 stick

  • Heat oil in the pan and add mustard, Urad dal and channa dal.When channa dal turn golden colour, add curry leaves and red chillies. Fry for a min. Add chopped onions. Fry till onion turn translucent.
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  •  Add sliced tindora. Sprinkle some water. Cover the pan with lid and cook for 3-5 mins. Check whether the vegetable is cooked, else sprinkle some more water and cook for 1-2 mins.
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  • Add salt. turmeric powder  and chilli powder. Fry til raw smell goes off. Switch of the stove  and add shredded coconut, coriander leaves.
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  • Adding coconut is optional
  • The essential nutrients will lose, if we wash the chopped vegetables, so Wash the vegetable thoroughly then chop into small pieces.
  • Adjust chilli powder to your taste.
  • Don't sprinkle more water. It will make the curry mushy. 
Kovakkai Poriyal


  1. My family favorite...can have any time ....very nice...

  2. This is one of my favorites which I don't make often just because of the tedious job of chopping the already small vegetables. I might get it this weekend, you've tempted me.

  3. Looks super delicious, healthy and yummy Nithya :-)

  4. Sorry for not visiting ur space for past few days, But hereafter i won't miss here...yumm...

  5. I noticed that you cook the gourd with the seeds. I usually remove the seeds but I sure learned that the gourd can be cooked with the seeds too.

    This is one of the best for the inviting flavors and of course for rice.

  6. Looks yummy and colorful, but i have never added coconut though, will try that!

  7. great post! it looks so tasty!

  8. My favs !! Wud love to have them with sambar & rice !!


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