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August 27, 2019

Kovakkai Masala Kuzhambu Recipe –Tindora Gravy For Rice, Roti

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Today’s Kovakkai masala kuzhambu / Tindora gravy for rice and roti is my long time pending recipe bookmarked from Nees kitchen. At last I tried it yesterday for our lunch. I made slight changes in the ingredients and prepared this gravy directly in my pressure cooker as I had less time to cook. So the job was done under 15 minutes. It was so easy to make and tasted great with nice peanut flavor. We all loved it with plain rice and ghee. You can enjoy with roti if you make the gravy slightly thick. The taste of this gravy reminds you Andhra style dondakaya masala. Ok friends, lets see how to make this easy and yummy kovakkai masala with step by step pictures.

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Kovakkai masala recipe

Kovakkai masala recipe

Kovakkai masala recipe / Tindora gravy for rice, roti

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Tindora / Kovakkai - 25 nos
  • Ripe tomato - 2
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
To roast and grind
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
  • Sesame seeds - 2 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Roasted peanuts - 1/3 cup ( I used with skin)
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp (optional)
To temper
  • Gingely oil – 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Green chilli – 2
  • Big onion – 2
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  1. Wash and slit kovakkai into . Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and roast all the ingredients given under “to roast and grind”.
  3. Lastly add roasted peanuts and coconut. Mix well and switch off the flame.
  4. Grind the masala to a smooth paste. In a pressure cooker heat oil.
  5. Splutter mustard seeds, urad, chana dal and cumin seeds. Add green chilli.
  6. Add the onion and saute well. Add the slit kovakkai and toss for a minute.
  7. Add gg paste and saute well. Add turmeric powder and chilli powder.
  8. Saute quickly without burning the masala. Add tomato , peanut masala and cook for a minute.
  9. Lastly add 1 cup of water and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  10. Open the cooker after steam is released. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  11. Serve hot with rice or roti.
  • Wash and slit the kovakkai / Ivy gourd into 4 parts till half the way. 

  • Heat a kadai and dry roast the sesame seeds, dhania seeds, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. Switch off the flame and add roasted peanuts, grated coconut. Grind to a smooth paste adding required water. Set aside.

  • Heat oil in a cooker base and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal , chana dal and cumin seeds. Add onion and green chilli. Saute till onion become transparent.

  • Add chopped kovakkai, saute for a minute. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for one minute. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt & mix well. Do not burn any spices.

  • Now add chopped tomato. Cook till mushy. Then add the ground peanut masala. Mix and cook for a minute. Now add required water. I used 1 cup of water. Mix well and check for taste. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle (It takes 8 to 10 minutes). Switch off the flame and let the pressure subside.

  • Open the cooker. You will see a layer of oil floating on top with a nice masala smell. Check the thickness of gravy. If its too watery, boil for a minute. If its too thick, add little water and mix well. Give one boil if needed. Garnish with coriander leaves.

  • Enjoy mixing with plain rice adding few drops of ghee ! You can also try with roti / chapathi if you like.


  • Use small size kovakkai for better looks. I used bigger ones. So my gravy was not so appealing.
  • Cinnamon and coconut are optional. Its not mentioned in the original recipe. But I used it.
  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli and chilli powder as per your taste.

Try this easy, yummy kovakkai masala kuzhambu recipe and enjoy !
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Floranet said...

Pleasure to go through such wonderful work!!

kkkkkk said...

Tried it came out well

Chitra said...

Thank you so much !