Kovakkai Fry

Kovakkai Fry is the most common menu item in most of South Indian Tamil homes. This side disg recipe yields soft and moist fry perfect to be served with rice. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 161kcal
Author Sujatha Muralidhar


  • 3 cups Ivy Gourd / Kovakai / Tindora
  • 1/2 Cup Onion Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 3 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 2 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or as required


  • Chop kovakkai finely in desired sizes, lengthwise, circle.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in the heavy bottomed pan, add fennel seeds and allow it to little sizzle in the oil. Add chopped onion and fry till it becomes soft and tender.
  • Add chopped kovakkai, chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt.
  • Cook it in the medium flame by adding cooking oil and gently flipping them occasionally. Do not add entire cooking oil at once, but add them when the veggies become dry, this ensures the correct texture of the veggie.
  • Once kovakkai cooked, add grated coconut. Transfer it to serving bowls.
  • Serve kovakkai fry as a side dish for rice.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 53.2mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3.7mg