Saturday, February 9, 2008

Crunchy Ivy Gourd/Kovakkai with Masala




Return of Ivy Gourd

Well..since it is good for health i tend to buy this veggie every alternative week. this ivy gourd is rich in protein and fibre and it prevents certain enzymes which are those to produce glucose in our body. i also prefer each alternative week to buy bitter gourd. i strongly have faith in Food is Medicine. and Health is Wealth.

To prepare Masala you need:

1. Grated coconut-3 spoons
2. Red chilli's-2
3. Small onions-7
4. Salt- little bit

Grind them into a coarse paste..just by sprinkling little water.
other than masala:


1.Kovakkai/ivy gourd-1/4 kg


2.Oil- 5 to 6 spoons


3.Salt


4.Turmeric Powder- a pinch


Method:

Cut the Ivy Gourd as you wish..i preferred to cut them vertically as the masala gets absorbed.now In a kadai..heat 5 spoons of oil..add mustard..when it splutters add curry leaves and the grinded masala. fry them for a minute..it soon sticks to the kadai..now add sliced ivy gourd. mix them well with the masala, add salt and turmeric powder a pinch now. mix them and close it. leave them on flame for 10-15 minutes. In between you got to check and keep mixing.

Serve with hot rice with a little ghee.

Recipe Source: Aval Vikatan.. 30 variety varuval.






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