Kovakka thoran / Ivygourd thoran


Ivy gourd/Kovakka, clean and sliced into roundels – 2 cups
Green chillies cut into small pieces – 4 nos.
Onion – 1 small                  
Grated coconut  – 1 cup
Garlic – 2 cloves
Turmeric powder  – 1/4 tsp                                          
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp                                      
Curry leaves        
Salt as needed
Oil as needed


In a bowl, combine ivy gourd, crushed green chilly, grated coconut, crushed garlic and turmeric powder and salt. Mix well with your hands. Set aside this ivy gourd mixture.

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When they start to splutter, add chopped onion and curry leaves. Fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the ivy gourd mixture and stir well. Sprinkle 2-3 tsp of water. Cover with a lid and cook for 6-7 minutes or until they turn dry. Open the lid and stir fry it for another 3-4 minutes. Serve hot.

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