Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kovakai varuval/ Ivy Gourd Pan Fry

 Kovakai (tamil) also known as Ivy gourd (english) or tindora (hindi) is a vegetable available in Indian grocery stores.Varuval refers to pan frying the vegetable. I learnt this recipe from my mom and this is one of my favourite dish.

Kovakai- 3 cups
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
chilli powder - 1tsp or to taste
sambar powder- 1- 1 1/2 sp
mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
oil- 2-3 tbsp
hing- 1 pinch
salt to taste

Wash the Kovakai thoroughly and cut them lenghtwise. Take a non stick pan and heat the oil add mustard, when it splutters add hing and turmeric and add the kovakai and fry them for 2minutes. Add salt, chilli powder and close it with a lid. Allow it  to cook in a low flame until the kovakai becomes soft. Finally add the sambar powder and fry for 2 minutes. Serve hot with rice.

Health facts: Kovakai has been found to be good for people with Diabetes.

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