May 27, 2010

Kovakkai Mixed Rice (Ivy Gourd/Tindora rice)

kovakai rice

This is one of the recipes my MIL tried last month. When I asked her how she came up with the combination, she said that she was bored with the regular tindora fry and wanted to try something else. I took a big lunch box that day and even saved some for the night. :)

It was lite with a nice coconut and onion flavor. You can probably substitute kovakkai with any other firm green vegetable and it would still taste good.

Here is how she made it:

2cups Rice (boil and keep aside),
1 medium onion - chopped
1 small cup kovakkai(abt 150 grms) - chopped
2 tbspoons grated coconut
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
3/4 tspoon chilli powder
1 tbspoon limejuice
2 tspoons oil
6-8 curry leaves
Salt to taste

For tadka (tempering)
1 tspoon mustard seeds,
1 tspoon urad dal,

Heat Oil in a wok and temper it with mustard seeds, and urad dal. Then add turmeric powder, chopped onion and kovakkai and saute for 6-7 minutes till the onion is translucent. Then, if needed add some drops of water and let the kovakkai cook through.

Then add chilli powder, salt, curry leaves and lime juice. Mix in the rice till rice is fluffy and mixed well with the spices.

kovakai rice -2

Serve warm. This taste delicious with a light raita and side of chips.


  1. Looks yummy, I love Tendli. Thank God she was bored! :)

  2. Oh this is a wonderful variation to the real boring kundru. Thanks for the recipe Mandira! :-)

  3. This is a nice variation to the Tindora Mandira. So Grandma is here :) How is the little one ?

  4. I love these special combos our moms and mils come up with...
    Sounds easy and yummy!

  5. My mom used to make tindora fry with tons of chillies. and crisp. I loved it eating with dal-chawal or just with ghee and rice.

    This looks like an easy version of what she used to make! I've not eaten tindora in 2 years. Sigh. Bookmarked :)

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  7. I do think kundro bhaja thekhe eyi rice ta khete beshi bhalo hobe..nice variation.Amiya kemon ache? sobaye ke busy rakhe ki na
    hugs and smiles

  8. Hello, Mandira, and congratulations to you all! How wonderful to hear about your new baby son :)

    The tindora rice looks delicious; between this and your last post I am really ready to come out to MI.

    Take it easy, and enjoy this special time. As others have said -- things will fall into place before you know it :)

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  10. I have always had this as a side dish. Never knew you can add this to rice as well. A different combination but must try.


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