Ivy Gourd Rice / Tendli Rice / Kovakka Rice

Ivy Gourd is known as kovakkai in Tamil, kundroo/tendli in Hindi, and kovakka in Malayalam. Ivy gourd is rich in beta-carotene and fiber. You can make a variety of dishes using kovakkai like Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti / Ivy Gourd Fry and Simple Kerala Style Kovakka Thoran/ Ivy Gourd Stir Fry With Coconut. You can even use in sambar.

This is fairly an easy recipe. Serve this spiced ivy gourd rice with raita, dal or pickle.

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Ivy Gourd Rice/  Tendli Rice/ Kovakka Rice

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

Servings        : 2-3

Category       : Rice dish, Lunch
Cuisine         : South Indian


250 Gms ivy gourd
1 Cup basmati rice
1 Small onion, chopped
2-3 Green chilies
1 Teaspoon chopped ginger – garlic
1/2 Teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 Teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 Teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 Teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 Teaspoon mustard seeds
Pinch of asafoetida
1 Tablespoon oil
Salt to taste


  • Wash and soak basmati rice for 30 minutes in water.
  • Finely chop ginger, garlic and onion. Slit green chilies.
  • Wash, cut off the ends of ivy gourd and cut it into thin rounds, keep it aside.


  • In pan heat oil, splutter asafoetida, mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Add ginger, garlic, green chilies, sauté for few seconds. Then add onion and sauté again until transparent.
  • Now, add ivy gourd along with dry ingredients turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder and salt. Cook covered until ivy gourd becomes tender. Stir in between for even cooking.
  • Then, add in the soaked rice and mix well. Pressure-cook rice with 1 cup of water, wait for the first whistle and switch off the flame.
  • When the pressure settles down, open the lid and gently fluff it.

Serve with raita, dal or pickle.


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