Tuesday 2 August 2011

Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) Mezhukuperatti

Choru (Rice), Thoran (Veggie stir fried with coconut), Mezhukuperatti (veggie saute'ed/fried in oil), a non-veg dish and a curry constitutes a typical Kerala meal. Yummy! I enjoy a lovely Kerala meal anytime of the day. It's simple but there is something about it that makes you want to eat it again, again and again...! I actually enjoy making the normal rice and curry. (doesn't sound too exciting, I know)

I particularly love veggies and am not a hard core non-vegetarian. I can go all veggie at anytime but always end up cooking a non-veg dish too because my hubby, "the foodie" loves non-veg.

This veggie dish is an all time favourite of mine because I love Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) in any form! And like we treat most veggies in our cuisine, I sauteed this tasty veggie. It's safe to say it's universally preferred! The delectable flavours of this dish comes from the coconut oil, onions and chillies used in it.

Hope you enjoy this simple dish.


Kovakka/Ivy Gourd (sliced) - 3 cups
Big Onion (sliced) - 2 (medium size) {or small onions - 9 to 10}
Garlic - 7 to 8 cloves
Curry leaves - 2 to 3 sprigs
Red chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coconut oil - 2 tbsp


Take a cooking pot and add all the ingredients (except coconut oil) into it along with 2 to 3 sprinkles of water. Cover and cook till done.

Now heat oil in a non-stick pan and saut'e/stir fry the vegetable till light brown.

Now wasn't that quick?!! :)

Source: Mama

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