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Friday, July 01, 2011

Ivy Gourd (Tindora) Stir Fry | Kovakka Mezhukuparetti

Week ends are precious for all..The same goes with my family too..We are also planning a long trip today which we had been planning since long ;along with friends and their families and so I'll miss most of your recipes these days,but will definitely come back and view all your posts.So,hope all my US friends have a joyful weekend too.
Today's recipe is a simple Ivy gourd stir fry.Ivy gourd / kovakka popularly known as tindora in the northern parts of India.They are known to grow well in India and Thailand.Ivy gourd has been classified as medicinal herb in traditional Thai and Ayurvedic medicine and the part used mainly in diabetics treatment is the leaves of the climber.

Ivy gourd (google image)
Ivy gourd is rich in protein and fibre.They also contain beta-carotene,a major vitamin A precursor from plant sources.We get these here in the Indian stores.I usually prepare the Ivy gourd thoran or the stir fry version.Both are equally good and simple to prepare.Today am sharing the stir fry version.

ivy gourd/kovakka 1 lb(500gms)
onion 1 small chopped(optional)
green chilli 4-6
curry leaves
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
chilly powder 1/2 tsp (optional)
oil 4tsp

  • Wash and cut the ivy gourd round slices,discarding the end portions.( apply oil in your palms ,before cutting as this may leave stains at times,oiling helps prevent staining OR Place the ivy gourd in water,dip your fingers in water when you pick up a fresh one each time,prevents staining.)
  • Heat oil in a non stick pan and saute onion till light brown.Add green chillies and saute.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt.
  • Add the sliced ivy gourd,cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Open the lid and toss the mix,adjust salt .
  • Leave uncovered on medium heat and wait till the slices become a little crispy or light brown.
  • Toss  again the whole mix and wait till majority of it has changed colour.
  • Ivy gourd stir fry is ready to serve.

Servings ~ 4 adults

*You can add the chilly powder  instead of green chillies.
*You can leave out the onion or can use shallots instead. I sometimes do leave out the onions and make without it, tastes good too.

Sending this to Any One Can cook event hosted by Umm Mymoonah


Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

Love anything with tindora !! this looks so yummy and tempting stir fry !!

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santosh said... Best Blogger Tips

though i never make it but looking tasty i will try it soon

santosh said... Best Blogger Tips

though i never make it but looking tasty i will try it soon

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

This was and is my favorite from the childhood. I love it in any shape or form and this simple fry is the best :)

Food Glorious Food! said... Best Blogger Tips

This recipe is lovely! I will sure add some chili for the extra kick!

Simplyfood said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for dropping by visit and comments are very much appreciated. You have a nice space too.

JishasKitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...this is my fav mezhukkupuratti.....very easy to prepare and tasty too...:)

Binys Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Juls thats easy and a quick fix yet so so yummy

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Simple yet very tasty stir fry...

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Oriyarasoi said... Best Blogger Tips mom makes it too!!!!!

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said... Best Blogger Tips

Simple & delicious looking dish, looks great! Hope you enjoy your trip, Have a great time!

cooking varieties (wan maznah said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi julie, have a very nice holiday and weekend'
thanks for leaving a recipe for us to view and share :) i love gourds.
healthy and yummy.
we call them the bitter gourds. we do stir fried, eat raw thin slices or with fish and coconut gravy..

hemalata said... Best Blogger Tips

So yummy tindora stir fry and very easy to prepare.

Chaitanya said... Best Blogger Tips

very tasty amd yummy curry .. will try this

kitchen flavours said... Best Blogger Tips

I have never tried ivy gourds before. Looks really nice!
I hope you are enjoying your trip! Have a lovely day!

Simply Life said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm sure the chili powder adds a great flavor!

Suman Singh said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this veggies and this looks delicious..simple yet satisfying one always..

aipi said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this veggie n the stir fry looks delicious n tempts me to try it right now :)
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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious stir fry julie..reminds me of my dad, one of his fav..

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

So easy to prepare and looks so tasty!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Woww.. adipoli.. Am hungry! :D

saleena said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious n yummy stir fry.My hubby's favourite mezhukkuvaratty...

Medley of Many Things said... Best Blogger Tips

I make this at home at least once a month, when tindora is available in market. It is such a easy recipe!
After making the recipe , I squeeze in half a lemon & stir well.
Yes, as said in the recipe, the chilli powder gives that extra something to the recipe when used.
Love them with curd rice.
Love it!!