Kovakkai Varuval/ Ivy Gourd Stir Fry

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Kovakkai Varuval

Kovakkai Varuval/ Ivy Gourd Stir Fry

Ivy gourd (Coccinia indica) is a unique tropical plant that is a member of the family of Cucurbitaceae. It grows well in India and Thailand as well as in tropical areas such as Hawaii.
Ivy gourd has been classified as a medicinal herb in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. In India, ivy gourd is often recommended to diabetics due to its low glycemic index and its possible ability to help regulate blood glucose.
Kovakkai, Dondakaya or Tindora stir fry is a very simple recipe where the kovakkai is sautéed with mild spices and roasted to perfection to bring out the slight crunchy texture of the Kovakkai. Although not very popular in the parts of Tamilnadu, I have a liking for them since my school days in Secunderabad . We eat them raw while Amma bought them from the street vendor.

Recipe:  Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan/kadai and add 4 cups sliced Kovakkai and few curry leaves. Saute for few minutes until oil is coated on the kovakkai. Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 2 teaspoon chilli powder and a teaspoon salt and sauté for another 2 minutes. Simmer and cook covered until the kovakkai is soft and tender( approx 15 to 20 minutes). Once cooked open the lid and fry well on low heat until crisp and the skin starts to wrinkle.


  1. Have not had kovakkai in a while. This is more or less the same way I make it too. I like the picture makes me want to give it a try soon.

  2. Never tried still ivy gourd yet at home, looks gorgeous..

  3. Woww!! This so yummyyyyyyy!! I love it.
    I dont get this where I stay :(
    missing my mom's khana.

  4. lovely snap.i use to prepare it in the same way ,only thing i add one onion in seasoning

  5. Kovakkai is one of my favorite veggies. We dont get it here often. Pretty picture.

  6. I just made today kovakai and pretty much the same way! Great with rasam rice!

  7. Great click! A new way for me to try these veggies which I am not too fond of otherwise. :-)

  8. I love this,but sadly I have made only once coz
    my hubby not like this much...soon should buy and make once
    my sake :)

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