A simple and easy to make quick lunch or dinner. Best served with appalam, potato chips or papads.
Kovakkai Rice

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 – 2 cloves, small
Red Chilli Powder – 3 tsp
Oil – 3 tsp
Coriander Leaves – handful, chopped
Salt as per taste

Roast and Grind:
Dry Red Chilli – 1, small
Bengal Gram Dal – 3 tsp
Coriander Seeds – 4 to 5 tsp
Coconut – 4 to 5 tsp, grated
Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
Oil – 1/2 tsp

Method:
1. Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a kadhai over medium flame.
2. Add the ingredients for roast and grind.
3. Stir-fry for a minute and grind them to a fine powder.
4. Heat 3 tsp of oil in another pan.
5. Saute the onions, tomatoes and garlic for a minute.
6. Add red chilli powder, salt and kovakkai.
7. Stir well and cover the pan with a lid.
8. After 2 to 3 minutes or when the kovakkais are cooked, add the ground powder.
9. Mix well.
10. Add the rice and stir well.
11. Garnish with coriander leaves.
12. Serve with papad or appalam.

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