Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Kovakka/Tindoora/Ivy Gourd Thoran

This is something that started out as a regular thoran but turned out to be a bit different since I had to use up a lonely tomato in my refrigerator that was threatening to go bad on me and then there were 2 spoon fulls of Dry shrimp fry which no one seemed to want to finish.So those got added to the regular thoran and it turned out to be exceptionally good.

  1. Tindoora/Kovakka/Ivy Gourd - 1.5 lbs cut into medium sized pieces
  2. Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  3. Shallots - 5 sliced
  4. Green chillies - 5
  5. Garlic - 2 cloves
  6. Toasted Whole Dry shrimp - 2 tbsp (Optional)
  7. Tomato - 1 chopped (optional)
  8. Curry leaves - 2 springs
  9. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  10. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  11. Oil - 1 tbsp
Grind the coconut,green chillies,garlic and turmeric powder to a coarse paste ( 3 or 4 pulses in the food processor).
Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
When it splutters add the shallots,tindoora and chopped tomatoes and salt to taste and stir fry for few minutes.
Sprinkle a bit of water and cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Add in the coconut mixture , curry leaves and dry shrimp and mix well.
Cover and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the tindoora is cooked well.


  1. Looks delicious! I can omit the shrimp part and recklessly enjoy it :)

  2. thats sounds to be a good mix n match...
    looks delicious...

  3. This looks easy and delicious dear!

  4. Wow.. this looks really delicious.

    Here for the first time. you have a lovely blog. Keep it going. Will be back often.

    Do take a peep into mine sometime.


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