Kovakkai Kadalai Curry


  • kovakkai – 8 to 10 Nos
  • Onion – 1 No
  • Tomato – 1 No
  • Sambar Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Oil – 4 teaspoons
  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Bengal Gram Dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Urad Dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Jeera – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafotida Powder – a pinch
  • Peanut – 2 to 3 tablespoon
  • Curry Leaves – few
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  1. Wash and cut the kovakkai into lengthwise pieces. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and salt and mix well. Keep it aside.
  2. Chop onion and tomato finely.
  3. In a kadai put the oil and add mustard. When it pops up, add bengal gram dhal, urad dhal, jeera, asafotida powder and curry leaves. Fry till the dhals turn light brown. Then add chopped onion and fry till it is transparent. Add tomato pieces and fry for two to three seconds. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder, peanut and salt. Mix well. Now take the marinated kovakkai and squeeze out and add to the seasoning. Add 1/2 cup water and close with lid. Cook on medium flame. Stir now and then and keep it on stove till the vegetables are soft and absorbs all the water.
  4. Goes well with rice as well as chapati.


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  2. Hi

    உங்கள் வலைப்பதிவை வலைப்பூக்களில் பதித்ததற்கு நன்றி. அதன் இணைப்பை இங்கு பார்க்கவும். வேகமாக வளர்ந்து வரும் தமிழ் இனத்தின் இணையத்திலும் தங்களை பதிவு செய்து கொள்ளவும்.

    வலைப்பூக்கள்‌/தமிழ்ஜங்ஷன் குழுவிநர்

  3. will u pls expalin me what is this kovakkai means- parval or tindi?

  4. Hi Shaikh

    Kovaikai is a Tamil name and it is known as “Gherkin”, “Ivy gourd”, “Tindora” but it is not parval.

  5. kavipriya

    can you please post some receipes for babies(that is the baby start to wean).how to engourage my baby to eat veggies?

    • Hi Kavipriya,

      For babies, you can cook the vegetable along with dhal and mash it. This can be mixed with hot rice or can be given as it is. with little ghee. Or make veg sticks, i.e. cut the carrot, beans, beetroot, potato into 2 to 3 inch long thin pieces and boil it. Then toss it with a pinch of salt and introduce it. Or just cook the vegetable till soft and mash it with a pinch of salt and feed it.

  6. hi mam,can we replace black or white boiled chena instesd of peanuts

  7. hi mam.we hv to fry or boil peanuts

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