September 4, 2015

Kovakkai Curry | Ivy gourd stir fry | Easy #sidedish

One of the simplest stir fry is with Gherkins / Ivy Gourd that we regularly make. And this featured on my Aadi Velli Thaali. Replete with fresh coconut and homemade curry powder, this is delicious side dish that goes with both chapatis and rice – rasam combos a lot. 

Skip the curry powder if you wish so but not the coconut. Either way, ensure to use tender veggies for best results.

Lets get to the recipe, shall we ?

Prep time : 10 mins, cook time : 10 mins, Serves : 3
Vegan Stir fry with Iv gourd | Cuisine : South Indian | Spice - medium

You would need:
  • Ivy gourd / Thondekaayi / Kovakkai – 250 gms
  • Fresh Coconut – 2 TBSP
  • Curry powder – ½ TBSP
  • Tamarind powder / Amchur – ¼ TBSP
  • Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
  • Jaggery – ½ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 TBSP
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, asafoetida, urad dal, curry leaves, turmeric powder ½ tsp.

  1. Wash, wipe and slice the ivygourd into bite sized pieces (lengthwise or into thin roundels).
  2. In a pan, heat oil. Make the tempering, once mustard stops spluttering, add the chopped veggies, a dash and salt and sprinkle some water.
  3. Cook covered for 8-10 mins till done, but not mushy. 
  4. Finish with grated coconut, curry powder, red chilli powder, amchur and jaggery. 

Toss well and serve immediately. 


  1. I usually make it without curry powder but couple of years ago Pavani gave us some curry powder. Since then I have been using it for ivy gourd fry and now Gayathri's sambar powder since last BM meet.

  2. Such a simple and delicious curry.

  3. Somehow i dont like kovakkai..But i must say it's a treat for kovakkai lovers.

  4. Even I make it without curry powder. Coconut gives an amazing taste to dry stir fries like this..

  5. One of my favorite kai. Great

  6. Simple and delicious ivy gourd curry. This is a different way of making it for me , will try this version next time I make the dish.

  7. They taste yum don't they. Have not made this in ages. Thanks for reminding me.


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