Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti / Ivy Gourd Fry

‘Ivy gourd’ is called ‘kundroo’ in Hindi and ‘kovakka’  in Malayalam. It is a good source of protein and fiber. It is really very quick to prepare. I remember in my childhood in my place had a backyard vegetable garden , where Kovakka/ ivy gourd was an evergreen item.

I miss a lot of things, wish I could get back my those days back.

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Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti / Ivy Gourd Fry

Prep time            : 10 minutes
Cooking time     : 20 minutes
Total time           : 30 minutes

Servings      : 3

Category    : Side dish
Cuisine       : South Indian ,Kerala


200 Gms kovakka/ Ivy Gourd
1 Small onion
Green chilies
1/4 Teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste

For the seasoning:

1 Teaspoon mustard seeds
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
Curry leaves


  • Wash ivy gourd, cut both the ends and discard it. Then cut it into thin rounds.


  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When crackles put curry leaves.
  • Add onion, green chilies and salt. Sauté until onions turn translucent.
  • Add ivy gourd and turmeric powder. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Cover the lid and cook on a low flame until slightly cooked.
  • Once cooked remove the lid and keep sautéing until all water evaporates completely. Cook till it changes color and is slightly crispy and serve.

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