Ivy gourd Fry / Kovakka Fry

Kovakka fry

 Here’s a yummy ivy gourd / kovakka fry that goes really well with rice. I am sure you’ll love it!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1. Kovakka /ivy gourd – 30 – 35 (Around 300 – 350 gm), cut lengthwise into quarters and then halved

2. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

    Salt – As required to taste

    Curry leaves – 1 sprig

    Green chilies – 2- 3, slit

    Thenga kothu / sliced coconut – 3 tbsp

2. Onion – 3/4 cup, cubed

    Kashmiri chilly powder – 1/2 tsp

    Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp

3. Oil – To deep fry


1. In a cheena chatti, combine ivy gourd pieces with turmeric powder, enough salt, few curry leaves, slit green chilies, thenga kothu  and little water. Cook covered at medium-high heat for 3 – 4 minutes. Open and mix well. Cook for 1 more minute until it is completely dry.

2. Deep-fry the kovakka pieces at medium-high heat in 2 – 3 batches, stirring once or twice in between until golden. It takes about 4 minutes. Drain on to a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Next, fry the onion cubes for 4 – 5 minutes until lightly golden. Drain on to a paper towel.

3. Once you are done with the frying part, transfer the fried ivy gourd pieces and onion to a bowl. Add 1/4 – 1/2 tsp chilly powder and 1/2 – 3/4 tsp garam masala powder or chicken masala powder and more salt, if required. Toss well. Serve this yummy kovakka fry with rice and any other side-dishes.

Kovakka fry

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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