Tendli(Kovvaka) - Kerala Style Mezhukvaratti

Kovvaka is called tendli,kunduru,tindora etc in hindi. This simple preparation of mom's is one of my favorite. Kovvaka has to be very tender. We used to love to take it with paratha to school in our lunch boxes. But goes well with sambar rice or curd rice. 
I remember a unique think told  about this plant , you see most of the homes in kerala grows this vegetable . it is a vine and it is said that if lamb eats the plant the kovvaka on the plant turns bitter :).




Tender Kovvaka  - 2 cups ,diced into thin rounds
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Pw - 1/4  tsp
Hot Green Chilli - 3-4 ,slit into halves
Curry leaves - a few
Salt to taste

  1. Heat oil and pop the mustard.
  2. Add slit green chili and curry leaves .
  3. Mix well and now add turmeric and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add  kovvaka and cook oh high for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Now add salt to taste and mix well.
  6. And now cook on medium till kovvaka is tender.

24 comments:

  1. Super yummy veggie,love it with yogurt rice.

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  2. Lovely side dish for sambar or rasam rice..

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  3. Even i do kovakkai Nisha...but usually chop the veggies length wise. reminds me that I have to make it more often.

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  4. Tempting clicks dear..Nice side dish..

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  5. are wah wah..Looks so crispy and crunchy..This is too good da...

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  6. tindora fry is looking yummy. i love the flavour of this veggie. this dish is a definite addition to my "try it out" list.

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  7. Never thought of making kovakkai in this method, will soon try..

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  8. Yummm, its been a while I have seen this vegetable...you make me crave for it. Perfect with steamed rice.

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  9. Yummy!! i too have one i my draft will post it soon!

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  10. unusual but true I love kundli (kundru). this one is a great dish for rice.

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  11. I have never seen this vegetable but will try to search it out. It sounds delicious. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  12. Very delicious recipe.. looks too good.. thanks for sharing !!

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  13. very tempting click...love it with chapati..and thnx for stopping by..

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  14. My fav..looks so perfect and yummy!!

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  15. Lovely dish....my daughter is a big fan of this...

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