Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kovakkai Curry | Ivy gourd fry | No-onion,No-garlic Recipe

Here comes another simple everyday recipe made using Kovakkai/Ivy gourd. It is a basic preparation of a stir-fry which applies to several other veggies too. No grinding of masalas and hence can be prepared easily with readily available items in your pantry. I came across this recipe at Pavani's space as a part of 'Ayurvedic Meal Thali', which was mostly similar to our preparation without onion or garlic. Off to the recipe! 

Blogging Marathon #41, Week4, Day3
Theme : BM Pair (Pavani

Preparation time - 10mins
Cooking time - 15mins
Serves - 4
Kovakkai/ Ivygourd - 1/4kg, sliced into thin roundels
Coconut oil - 1-2tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2tsp
Jeera/ Cumin seeds -1/2tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2tsp
Red chilli powder- 1tsp
Coriander powder - 1tsp
Salt - As needed


1.  Wash the Kovakkai, trim the edges and cut in thin roundels.

2.  Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan, temper it with mustard seeds, urad dal and jeera.Once browned, add the cut veggie together with all powders mentioned above and salt. 


3.  Sprinkle about 1/4cup water and continue to sauté on a medium heat for 10-12mins until it becomes soft. DO NOT cook covered as it loses its bright colour.

This Kovakkai fry goes well with any Rasam or Sambar mixed with rice.


  1. Easy breezy curry, a prefect side dish for curd rice.

  2. Love this simple and delicious curry. Glad you liked it too :-)

  3. Love this simple, everyday curry!

  4. Even I like this simple fry but I do add some onion and garlic to it. Looks good!