Kovaikkai is a small vegetable that looks like a baby cucumber. Its texture is similar to cucumber but exceptionally flavourful when you unlock its potential by frying it along with mild spices.
You can have this as a side dish with Rasam rice, Sambhar rice or my personal favourite – Thayir Sadham (Curd rice).
You will find this vegetable in any Indian grocery stores, more commonly known as Taro. If you are up for something different, tasty and unique, definitely give this one a shot!
So what’ll you need?
500g Kovaikkai (Ivy Gourd), chopped into discs
1 tsp Sambhar Powder (this is readily available in Indian stores, but I’ve added a link below if you would like to make this youself)
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp Urad dal
1tsp Chana Dal
1 pinch asafoetida (Hing) Optional
In a frying pan, heat the oil on a medium to high flame, once hot, add the mustard seeds.
Once the mustard seeds have spluttered, add the urad dal, chana dal and hing.
Reduce the heat to medium to low and add the chopped Kovaikkai.
Fry gently for a minute or so, then add the Sambhar Powder, Turmeric Powder and salt.
Stir well so that all the contents mix well with the spice powders.
Cook covered for 10 minutes stirring occasionally to make sure there is no burning on the bottom of the pan.
Serve with Rasam, Sambhar or curd rice.
For Sambhar Powder recipe, please click on the link below –