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Kovakkai Pepper Fry

Kovakkai, also known as ivy gourd or tindora, is a popular vegetable in South Indian cuisine. Kovakkai pepper fry is a delicious and spicy dish made with this vegetable, flavored with black pepper and other spices. Serve hot as a side dish with rice or roti.

Kovakkai Pepper Fry

Recipe by S Kamala
Recipe rating: N/A
Course: PoriyalCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Learn how to make a delicious and flavorful Kovakkai dish with this easy recipe. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a tasty side dish.


  • Kovakkai – 10 to 15 Nos

  • Onion – 1 No

  • Sambar Powder – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Oil – 4 teaspoons

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Urad Dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Jeera – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Pepper Powder – ½ teaspoon

  • Curry Leaves – few

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Start by thoroughly washing the Kovakkai. Slice it lengthwise into 4 to 5 thin pieces. Season these slices with turmeric powder and salt, mixing well. Set them aside for later use.
  • Next, finely chop the onion.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds. Wait for them to pop, then add urad dal, jeera, and curry leaves. Fry these until the dal turns a light brown color. Now, add the chopped onions, frying them until they become transparent.
  • Take the seasoned Kovakkai pieces, gently squeeze out any excess water, and add them to the kadai with the onions. Fry everything together for a few seconds, then add sambar powder and mix thoroughly. If needed, sprinkle a little water to aid the cooking process.
  • Cover the kadai with a lid and let the mixture cook on a medium flame. Remember to stir occasionally, ensuring the Kovakkai cooks evenly and becomes soft.
  • As a final touch, just before removing the kadai from the stove, sprinkle some pepper powder over the dish and stir-fry for a few more seconds. Your Kovakkai dish is now ready to be enjoyed.
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