Tindora or kovakkai is a small green colored vegetable that grows in tropical regions. It is an affordable, healthy and tasty vegetable that is freshly available in abundance. Tindora is a good source of fibre, beta-carotene and other micronutrients.
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins
- Kovakkai – 15 to 20
- Onions – 2 medium sized
- Tomato – 1 big size
- Chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
- Cumin powder – 1+1/2 tsp
- Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
- Oil – 4 tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Take a non stick pan or any kadai and pour 4 tsp of oil
- Then add the finely chopped onions, saute them and wait till they become translucent in nature.
- Now add the finely chopped tomato
- Saute them till the tomato become mushy and the oil will ooze out.
- Then add the spices as stated above chilli powder,turmeric powder,cumin powder and garam masala accordingly as stated above.
- Now add the kovakkai slices to it and close the kadai with a lid and keep it on simmer flame for 5 to 7 mins.
- The kovakkai is usually firm in nature so when the ends up slightly and when the skin becomes pale, it’s an indication that its cooked.
- Open the lid and wait for another 3 mins and switch off the flame
- Let it cool. Serve with rice or chapathi.
- Slice the kovaikai in slender fashion.
- The sides with curl up and turn slightly brown inflating its cooked nature.
- Mini mealmaker bits can be added to the dish .
More about the vegetable:
It’s also known as the scarlet gourd or ivy gourd./mini water melons/gentlemen’s toes.
- Maintains good bowel movements.
- Aids healing for people with skin issues.
- Keeps the blood sugar under check.