February 23, 2012

Kovakka thoran / Ivygourd or Tindora stir fry

Ivy gourd also known as Tindora/Kovakkai/Thondekkai is a veggie I didn't like much during my younger years. I havent tried any recipe other than this regular thoran/ stir fry or in sambar. This little veggie is rich in beta carotene and its juice is used in many herbal weight loss products. It is also known to regulate sugar metabolism and hence recommended for people with diabetes.


Kovakka/Tindora/Ivygourd - 250 gms
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Chana dal - 1 tbsp (optional)
Shallots - 3 or 4, sliced thin (or half of a small onion chopped)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Green chillies - 3, slit
Salt - as needed
Grated coconut - 2 to 3 tbsp
Jeera/cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig


1. Wash the kovakka well and cut and remove the ends. Slice it thin and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add chana dal and fry till it turns brown.
3. Add sliced kovakka, shallots or onion, green chillies, turmeric powder and salt. Combine well and heap everything towards the centre of the pan. Cover and cook. You may sprinkle a little water if required.
4. Mix the jeera with grated coconut well.  Add it along with curry leaves and fry well till it thoran becomes dry.


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  1. Healthy stir fry.. My mums favorite.

  2. Glad you posted this recipe. Am not too good with this veggie. You make it so nicely...

  3. Great recipe.Thanks for sharing such a yummy one with us

  4. Delicious ,my favorite..looks so tempting.

    1. This looks totally delicious..I would love to try this..Bookmarked.


  5. Great to stop in and see some wonderful indian cuisine! This is probably the first ever recipe I have seen with a gourd. It does look wonderful, now I am going to have to look that veggie up to learn more about it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Ahh..wow..this looks tasty & adorable..;)

    Tasty Appetite

  7. i love tindora n i just loved this version of urs...bookmarked :-)

  8. Wow...inviting bowl of healthy n delicious thoran...thanks for linking to the event!!


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