Thursday, September 21

Kovakkai/Tindora masala

I had never tasted kovakkai before marriage. After marriage I found many of my friends cook this vegetable and when I happen to taste it I liked it too. Once when we went to a friend's house for dinner , she had cooked this curry.It was different with peanuts and I couldn't find out it was kovakkai. I got the recipe from her and whenever I buy this vegetable I cook this way.. ..


Kovakkai- 3 cups (cut lengthwise )
Onions- 1 large chopped finely
Green chilli-1 chopped finely
Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Chilli powder – 1 tsp or acc to taste
Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
Cloves- 3 or 4
Salt to taste
Oil- 4 to 5 tsp
Coriander leaves- 2 tsp chopped finely
For seasoning
Mustard seeds- ¼ tsp
Jeera- ¼ tsp
Curry leaves - few
Peanuts- 3 tsp


Heat oil in a pan add the seasoning items. Add the chopped onion and green chilli and fry till the onions become transparent. Then add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears. Now add the kovakkai pieces and fry for some time. Add the turmeric, coriander and chilli powders. Crush or powder the cloves and add it to the masala. Add little water , simmer the flame and close it with a lid. Cook till the vegetable becomes tender and oil seperates. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.

Check out sudha's version of tindora Here.


KK said...

You have got a great blog. easy qucik references :) Thanks fo this menu will try sometime...
Thanks for visiting my blog. Hoping to see you.

PS : I have left my comments in ur previous post too. :)

Anonymous said...

Prema, this is poriyal is totally new to me..i usually dont add ginger garlic paste..sounds interesting will try this next time..u can have a look at my version of Gherkins here..

Anonymous said...

Hey Prema... I do this often... I add little tomatoes to it:)

FH said...

I have tindora in the fridge!! Will make this today!! Thanks Prema!!

Anonymous said...

This looks like a new way of making Tindora! I cant believe you had not tasted this veg before marriage. Are'nt you glad you got married?;)

sudha said...

hi prema..first time got wonderful blog. Today i spent almost half hour seeing your blog. Visit you often. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I personally don't like tindora much, but seeing your version i think i should give a try. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Prema, Tindora(tendli) is my all time favourite vegetable. Never tried to cook with so many different spices. Will try your version soon.Thanks

Anonymous said...

Prema like you have never tasted Kovakkai hm... My marriage didn't help it :) :(. May be I will start off with this dish when I get a chance !!

Anonymous said...

I love Kovakkai, this recipe sounds interesting with ginger garlic paste and all. Thank you for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

hey prema..i do this kovakkai fry often..i add coconut pieces while frying..good photos prema....have fun cooking...

Anonymous said...

I love kovakka when it is fried until it is brown...your recipe is something new to try.

Krithika said...

Need to try your version. I dont make this vegetable very often. Thanks for sharing

sra said...

Hi Prema, thanks for stopping by! This veggie is a great favourite of mine but not when I make it. Maybe will post the chutney recipe one day - I just discovered how to make it.

Prema Sundar said...

Thanks for ur kind comment in my blog.
I checked ur version too. kind of different.. worth trying it..will try it sonn. I have linked urs.
Priya B,
adding tomatoes will enhance the taste i think.
Did u try it and let me know if u guys liked it.
Hema belive me.. Iam surely glad iam married .
Thanks Sudha for visiting my blog. try it and u will like it too.
Jayshree cook this way and see..
Shilpa,Jayashree,Maneka,Archana,krithika and SRA , thanks for ur lovely comments.

Mahek said...

i will definetly be making this tindora bhaji
i am always on a look out for good vegetable recipes as i need to do 2 or 3 types of vegetable daily
pls tell me if you find a blog with interesting sites making veg food

Vani said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Prema. My hubby loves tindora and my attempts at tindora fry/masala so far have not been well-received. Will certainly try your version. It sure looks yum!

Anonymous said...


Can you get Kovakkai in the Indian store here in USA?

If so, what is the name in Hindi?


Vani said...

Hi Prema, I tried this recipe and it was a huge success with all! I just added a little tamarind for sourness. Thanks for the yum recipe!

Prema Sundar said...

Sorry for the late reply..
You can very well get this veg in Indian stores in USA.It is
Dondakaya (Telugu) or Tindora/Tondli (Hindi). Hope this is helpful.

Geethakrishnan said...

It came out very good. Thanks a lot! You are making me a star amongst my wife's friends, seriously.

நிலவொளி said...

I was looking out for making something with kovakkai and google search lead me to your blog. I liked this recipe and havent done kovakkai this way... I am going to make it today for lunch as side dish for chappathi.. I think adding tomatoes to this would make it more yummy.. thanks for this post!