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Tendli Stir fry with Garlic ~ Kovakkai Poriyal ~ Tendli Sabji ~ Thondekaayi Palya

One of the quickest and healthiest part of the Indian food is the dry sabjis or stir fry. My family loves stir fries and I love making it too because is filling, quick to make and can be assembled for rushed mornings while packing lunchboxes – if one is well prepared with pre-cut veggies, the morning is a breeze, and today I made one of my favourites – Tendli Stir fry with Garlic. The garlic was more an after thought but we all quite enjoyed it, although S midly suggested that evenings are more the time for experimenting with garlicky smells rather than lunchbox options. Point taken, dear husband. Its an easy stir fry, and I hope you will also like it. Goes well with rasam rice and is a superb combo with Roti &Hingwali Mili Jhuli dal


This goes to Vardhini’s event ofcooking with Garlic started byPJ and also Shilpa’s event –Life is green

Prep time : 10 – 15 mins. Cooking time : 10 mins. Serves : 2


  • Tendli / Kovakkai / Thondekaayi – 200 gms (select those that are green, fresh & firm)
  • Garlic – 2 pods (large) – you may omit this if you prefer
  • Tempering : 1 tsp oil + mustard seeds + urad dal + 1 green chilly chopped fine
  • Grated coconut – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric – a dash
  • Amchur / Dry mango powder – 1/2 tsp (opt.)
  • Jaggery grated – 1/2 tsp


1) Wash, trim the ends and cut the veggies lengthwise into 1 inch long batons

2) In a skillet, heat oil and add tempering ingredients. When mustard stops spluttring and urad dal starts turning light brown, add the finely chopped garlic and stir well.

3) Now add the chopped veggies, turmeric, salt.

4) Sprinkle adequate water and cover cooked for 8 – 12 mins, stirring occassionally.

5) When done, add grated coconut, jaggery and amchur. Stir well.

6) Serve with dal and rotis. A yummy and quick to easy recipe !



  1. Kalyani simple yet delicious side dish..I always relish it.. but the difficult part is finding the firm tindla in market.

  2. Nice one Kalyani. Love kovakkai.


  3. Super fry……I love it.

  4. I love this stir fry though i don't add jaggery to it.

  5. Fabulous stir fry, super tempting and delicious..

  6. KrithisKitchen

    Another lovely way to eat tindli!! yumm…
    Krithi's Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Steamed

  7. Love to have it anytime. Looks yummy.

  8. Sensible Vegetarian

    Delicious one and looks very tempting.

  9. My younger kids favourite.
    Love the colours.
    Do check out my event and send me your entries.

  10. wow…lovely stir fry…looks so inviting!!!

  11. its my fav…lovely recipe…:)

  12. I love them slit lengthwise too -looks lush and yummy!

  13. Stir fry looks grt!!

  14. Superb fry.

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