Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Tindora/Ivy gourd (kovakka) fry


The varieties of Indian veggies (as they call it) is very less, unless otherwise you are so proactive and go all the way to east Ham to get em. We are not that proactive, so have to make do with all that's available in the supermarket. Tindora's are not available all the time and when they are, i am usually in two minds about buying them because i do not know what to do with it or how to prepare it. My Asha beevi back in Chennai used to make some amazing poriyal like thingy and i being the smart ass i am, decided not to even peep into the kitchen to see how she did it. Spoilt to the core..yes i know that's what all of you are thinking. I guess the whole living abroad scene was gods punishment for being so spoilt..or so ro keeps mentioning on and off :)

So coming back to the tindoras, i just added some this and that and it came out so well, its my new favourite veggie.

Tindora- 250gms, sliced length-wise into four
Chilli pwd- 1/2 tsp
Pepper pwd- 1/2 tsp
Coriander pwd- 1 tsp
Turmeric pwd- 1/4 tsp
Oil- 1 tbs
Salt- to taste

Ina frying pan on low fire, heat the oil and put in all the powders once hot. Sautee well till the raw smell goes. Throw in the sliced tindoras and mix well with the powder. Cover and cook till they are soft, stirring occasionally.

6 comments:

miri goes phishing! said...

hey nish...how did u manage to make ur kovakka look without that gooey stuff that it always has? i have to fry it till so dark to make them look even remotely similar to wat u have here...which also means mine will be fried too much...

An Open Book said...

Kovakka has gooey stuff? mine didnt..u must be talking about vendakka?

miri goes phishing! said...

no no...really...i had gooey stuff on my kovakka too...don't know why...ok the last time i made it was a while ago...will try this recipe soon n' let you know if my imagination is on a wild run...

An Open Book said...

haha..yeah wud love 2 know...

Shades of Grey said...

Yup kovakka tends to get gooey when it's mature. I am just glad to finally know its English name :D

An Open Book said...

i really didnt know that..hmm interesting.