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Thursday, October 1, 2009


Ivy gourd, Kovakkai in Tamil has a low glycemic index and is recommended for diabetic patients, as it regulates blood glucose level.


Kovakkai(Ivy gourd) - 1/2 kg.
Chilli powder - 1 tsp.
Sambhar powder - 1 tsp.
Salt - as per taste
Oil - 1 ladle

For seasoning:

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.
White urad dhal - 2 tsp.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.


Choose tender ivy gourds. Wash well and cut into round, thin pieces.

In a kadai, heat oil and temper with mustard seeds and urad dhal. When they turn golden brown, add turmeric powder and ivy gourds. Saute in high flame for 2 minutes. Simmer the stove, add salt, sambhar powder and chilli powder. Mix well. Sprinkle little water and cover it with a lid till 3/4th cooked. Now take out the lid, and continue to fry till it is roasted on all sides. Serve hot. Using sambhar powder gives it a good aroma. Can also be had as a dry curry with chappatis.


  1. Just had my tiffin and had same dish - we say Tondlichi bhajji - in marathi :)
    Same recipe only did not put urad dal and had cut it vertically !

  2. I too have this in my archive and quite similar to this! U r right,sambar powder adds extra zing to the dish!

  3. nice presentation.....lovely recipe

  4. Excellent kovakka kari maalai!! Kari by itself must taste great!

  5. Also loved the two faces you have made with the kai.

  6. love ur presentation... nice info abt kovakkai

  7. I thought of telling u to send for the event....nice one.Yummy my fav. veg

  8. yummy recipe & Nice presentation.Do visit my blog when u find time

  9. nice presentation

  10. Looks appetizing and tempting dear:)

  11. I also make this like your way. Lovley presentation.

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  13. I love kovakkai, now I'll try making it this way too


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