Kovakkai (Tindora) Stuffed Fry


  • Kovaikai – 10 Nos
  • Oil – 3 to 4 teaspoons
  • Mustard – 1 teaspoon
  • Bengal Gram Dhal – 1 tablespoon
  • Urad Dhal – 1 tablespoon
  • Fenugreek – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cumin (Jeeragam) – 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chillies – 4 to 5
  • Onion – 1
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  1. Wash the Kovaikai and slit it into four lengthwise keeping one end intact. Chop one big onion finely.
  2. In a kadai put a teaspoon of oil and when itis hot add mustard. When it pops up add bengal gram dhal and urad dhal and fry till it become light brown. Add fenugreek seeds, red chillies and cumin and fry for a second. Then add chopped onion and fry for a while. Switch off the stove. When it is cooled, add salt and grind it to a coarse paste. No need to add any water.
  3. Stuff this paste into the slit kovaikai.
  4. In a pan pour the remaining oil and arrange the stuffed kovaikai.
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  6. Cover with a lid and cook on low flame for few minutes. Then remove the lid and turn the kovaikai. Sprinkle a handful of water and again cover with the lid and allow to cook till the vegetable is soft, turning it now and then. Once the kovaikai is cooked well, remove the lid and fry for few more seconds.
  7. Can be served with rice or roti.


  1. Anitha Pinto

    Tindora stuffed fry…awesome yum recipe which I tried many times and liked by everyone at my home….

    I am just getting into the spirit of cooking (post wedding), Kamala is a great inspiration for young ladies like me who thought cooking requires a lot of time, patience as well as skills.

    I would also suggest all the ladies out there to try these recipes and gain self confidence in the art of cooking…

    Suggestion to Kamala is to give more recipes of various regions.

  2. I would like to know how to make malabar parattha at home, and the kurma (side dish) which in small eateries they give as this combination.

  3. Hi Kamala ma’am, today I tried the abv recipe n came out so well. Very tasty indeed. Thanks for yr simple n delicious recipes…

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