Kovakkai Kathirikai Curry

Kovakkai in Tamil is known as Tindora or Ivy Gourd in other languages. Tindora is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B, and it is also known for its toxin eliminating properties.

Kovakkai Kathirikai Curry

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Recipe by S Kamala Course: Poriyal


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This curry is made with Kovakkai and Kathirikai along with onion and tomato. Can be served as a side dish for rice or even with chapati.


  • Kovakkai – 10

  • Kathirikai- 4

  • Big onion – 1

  • Tomato – 2

  • Sambar Powder – 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Besan flour – 1 teaspoon

  • Oil – 1 tablespoon

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida powder – 2 pinches

  • Curry Leaves – few

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Cut Kovakkai and Kathirikai lengthwise.
  • Chop onion and tomato finely.
  • In a kadai put oil and when it is hot add mustard. When it starts to pop up add asafoetida powder and curry leaves.
  • Add chopped onion and fry for a while.
  • Add chopped tomato along with a pinch of salt and fry till it mashed well.
  • Add cut vegetables along with sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Mix well, add little water, close with a lid and cook till the vegetables are soft and it absorbed all the water.
  • Before removing sprinkle besan flour and a teaspoon of oil.
  • Sit fry for few seconds and remove.

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