Kovakkai Curry | Tindora Curry | Dondakaya Curry | Thondekayi Palya


Kovakkai curry is one of the super side dishes for items like chapati. This vegetable has other names, such as tindora and dondakkaya. Whatever you call it, the kovakkai curry is a delicious and a nutritious dish.

It is easy to make the kovakkai curry or the tindora curry. The steps are few and simple. So if you want to make a curry fast and have kovakkai or dondakaya in your fridge, then this curry is an answer.

In about fifteen minutes you can prepare this curry.

Even from the ingredients view, the kovakkai curry looks great because it needs only the everyday ingredients.

When you buy kovakkai, tindora or dondakaya, be sure to pick those that are firm from edge-to-edge and are green.
Did you Know?
If the slices of the kovakkai are red in color, you may want to discard it.

Choose only those slices or chops that are not red. The reason is the red slices will be sour and their seeds will be hard.

Cook the kovakkai in such a way that the slices or chops are not crispy, but just soft.

To make the kovakkai curry tastier, garnish it with plenty of fresh coconut gratings.

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Visit the Tindora Recipes central, for a list of dishes with tindora as the main ingredient.

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Servings: 3-4


1. Kovakkai / dondakaya / tindora / thondekayi / coccinia grandis / ivy gourd 1 cup
2. Oil 2-3 teaspoons
3. Mustard 1/2 teaspoon
4. Chana dal 1 teaspoon
5. Green chilies 2-3
6. Curry leaves 1 sprig
7. Onion 1
8. Turmeric 1/4 teaspoon
9. Coconut gratings1/2 tablespoon
10. Fresh coriander leaves, chopped
11. Salt to taste

How to make Kovakkai Curry?

1. Soak kovakkai / tindora / dondakaya / thondekayi in water for about 30 minutes.

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Rub the kovakkai with your fingers to remove its leaves, which may be present on the surface of kovakkai.

Drain the water.
2. Remove the top and bottom ends.

Cut into half.

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Cut each half into thin, long pieces.

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3. Chop onion and chilies into thin pieces.

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4. Heat oil in a utensil.

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5. Add mustard when the oil becomes hot.

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6. Add chana dal when the mustard starts to splutter.

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Fry till the chana dal turns to golden brown.
7. Add curry leaves, chilies and onion.

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Fry till the onion changes its color.
8. Add kovakkai and turmeric.

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Fry for a minute.
9. Add about a quarter cup of water. Mix.

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Cover the utensil.

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Cook till the vegetables become soft.

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10. Add salt and coconut.


Cook till the kovakkai absorbs the salt.

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11. Kovakkai curry, tindora curry or dondakaya curry is ready.

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TIPS Kovakkai Curry
1. Cook the kovakkai in a pressure cooker, particularly when you want to make this curry fast, as this vegetable sometimes takes more time to cook.