Thursday, December 4, 2008

Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti / Stir-fried Tindoras

Tindoras don't really find a place among my regular lunch spread as my better half and kids totally dislike the vegetable.

Since we were more exposed to Kovakka, as children; though been regarded as a tasteless green veggie, yet well enough with this preparation; I make this stir fry once in a while just to satisfy my craving of those childhood days...

Here's my version of Kovakka/Ivy gourd Mezhukkupuratti.


Ingredients:

Kovakka/Tindoras-2 cups-sliced thin, lengthwise.
Redchillies-2
Shallots/Small Onions-7-8 nos
Garlic- 2 flakes
Coconut Oil- A tbsp
Curry Leaves- a sprig
Mustard seeds-for seasoning-1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste


Method:

1. Wash the vegetable.Cut off the tips. (as Inji says here, slice them along lenghthwise as thin as possible so as to avoid pre-cooking). Somehow I ended up slicing them a little chunky as they were from my own garden and was not easy to get 'em sliced thin and again was forced to pre-cook (cooking till half done in a closed pan with salt, with just enough water).

2. Pulse the onions, red chillies and garlic in the mixie for not more than 5-10 seconds or crush them coarse using a hand mortar.

3. Heat oil in a non-stick pan, splutter mustard seeds, sauté crushed onion- garlic- chilly mixture till raw smell disappears, for a few seconds.Throw in curry leaves.

4. Add the vegetable and mix well so as to get coated with the spices. Keep the pan open, on a medium flame, tossing well, once in three minutes.

5. Remove from fire when they are roasted or acquire a golden brown hue, here and there.This would take 20 minutes time, more or less. Remove from fire and serve hot with rice.

19 comments:

  1. Bharathy, the kovakka stir fry I have learnt actually tastes not too bad I don't remember eating this back home and here this was the only green and fresh vegetable available throughout the year so have learned to like it

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  2. This looks so yummy delicious. Back at home mom ised to make kovakka but in a thoran kind.
    How is the gettogether planning comming on.

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  3. I don't think I've seen a kovakka dish looking so appetising ever!!I might even try it after seeing the yummy pic!!And yeah,good to see your post after a loooooong time!!

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  4. Good to see you back....I don't like kovakka...but yours look so delicious!!! btw I like new look of your blog....keep posting....

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  5. Looks delicious, my mil makes a version of mezhukkuparratti with plaintain, first time I see this with kovakkai , good one :-)

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  6. This is a healthy vegetable stir fry. Looks so good. Loved it so much...

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  7. lovly tindaa stir fry..here v 3 love them lov tindoora..i add little but coriander powder and lots of garlic...urs looks yummyyyyyyyyy yum..

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  8. That looks lovely! glad you are back :)

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  9. Looks so yumm,i have never ever cooked tindora in my life,but sure some time I have to....
    Hope u ll be regular in blogging here after!

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  10. hey looks yummy..I love Tindora and unfortunately dont get any here.. Looks appetizing.. Loved the pic

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  11. lovely curry Bharathi! I like tindora so much! Thanks for the yummy recipe.

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  12. love your fired banana..coz i am bigg banana fan! :)
    Sonal

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  13. Hey nice to see you again sweety!! I make this stir fry regularly:) looks very comforting.

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  14. Thats nice to note, Indo :)

    Yeah, Thoran is another way of preparing the veg.
    Co ordination going in full swing..truly hectic for me :)..really enjoying at the same time!!

    Thanks girls,Divya and Swapna :)

    Thankyou Usha and Sukanya :)

    Thanks a lot for those encouraging words Suma and sis :)

    He he hopefully, Raks ;)

    Uj and Uma..Thanks a lot :)


    Glad you like it Sonal.Loved your blog too :) keep posting..:)

    Thnks a lot for dropping by Sharmi :)

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  15. This is a vegetable I hardly ever buy as we do't really like it, except a pickle I make which only I eat.:(
    But your stir fries look so tempting, I might be persuaded to change my mind. :)

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  16. Thankfully, my husband and I both adore this vegetable. Yours looks simply superb, dear! :)

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  17. Both my husband and my son are big fans of tindora,
    Simple and nice.

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  18. Loved your version of Tindora, looks delicious!

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  19. Just the other day my daughter was asking me what is the English name for kovakka. I did tell her that it could be some gourd. But didn't know what! ! ! I told her that I would check it out and totally forgot about it. I will tell her that its ivy gourd, the first thing when she gets back from school today :-) Btw, this preparation looks delicious. Luckily, my kids love this vegetable and I surely don't have to think twice before trying out different recipes with this one veg.

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