Kovakkai (Tindora)

Kovakkai (also known as Tindora or Ivy Gourd) is a very common vegetable across India. Rich in vitamins and minerals, the vegetable is predominantly served as a side dish to rice dishes. Popular in traditional medicines, it has numerous health benefits including protecing the nervous system, maintaining a healthy metabolism, preventing kidney stones and more.

Kovakkai Poriyal
Kovakkai (Tindora), Side Dish

Kovakkai Poriyal

Kovakkai Poriyal is a popular South Indian side dish made using Ivy Gourd and is served with rice dishes for lunch or dinner. Ingredients: Kovakkai (Ivy Gourd / Tindora) – 250 gms Onion – 1, medium, finely chopped Tomato – 1, small, finely chopped Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp […]

Kovakkai Rice
Kovakkai (Tindora), Rice

Kovakkai Rice

A simple and easy to make quick lunch or dinner. Best served with appalam, potato chips or papads. Ingredients: Kovakkai (Tindora) – 5 to 6, tender ones, finely sliced or chopped Basmati Rice – 1 cup, cooked Onion – 1, small, finely chopped Tomato – 1, small, finely chopped Garlic […]

Kovakkai Pickle
Kovakkai (Tindora), Pickles

Kovakkai Pickle

Kovakkai (Ivy Gourd/Tindora) is a popular vegetable in South India and has numerous medicinal properties. Ingredients: Kovakkai (Ivy Gourd / Tindora) – 500 gms Tomatoes – 250 gms Green Chillies – 5 to 6 Gingelly Oil – 2 tblsp Cumin Powder – 2 tblsp Fenugreek Seeds – 1 tblsp Turmeric […]

Kovakkai / Tindora / Ivy Gourd
Banana, Kovakkai (Tindora), Sambar

Vazhathandu and Kovakkai Sambar

Ingredients: Vazhathandu (Banana Stem) – 1 cup, cleaned, fibres removed, chopped Kovakkai (Ivy Gourd / Tindora) – 1/2 cup, chopped Coconut – 4 tblsp, grated Tamarind – a small ball, seedless Sambar Powder – 1 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tssp Mustard Seeds – little Urad Dal – little […]

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Chutneys and Sauces, Kovakkai (Tindora)

Kovakkai Chutney

Ingredients: Kovakkai – 12, finely chopped Tomato – 1, finely chopped Onion – 1, finely chopped Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, peeled, chopped Dry Red Chillies – 5 Curry Leaves – handful Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp Urad Dal – 1/4 tsp Oil – 2 tsp Salt as per taste […]