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Ivy Gourd Dry Fry is a popular item in the menu of most South Indian homes. Kerala Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti is a delectable ivy gourd recipe where finely chopped tindora is sautéed with onions, roasted sesame seeds masala and topped with grated coconut. 

Ivy Gourd Dry Fry Recipe

Ivy Gourd Fry


Ivy Gourd, also known as Tindora, Little Gourd, Kovakkai, and Dondakaya, is usually served as a side dish with Rice or Chapathis.

Dondakaya is a versatile vegetable that beautifully compliments the aromatic Indian spices. It’s a delight to sink your teeth into its delicious crunchy texture! A yummy bowl of spicy Tindora stir-fry adds a delicious dimension to any boring meal. 

Ivy gourd is natural diabetes remedy as it helps regulate the blood glucose levels.

Ivy Gourd Fry Recipe Kerala Style:

Tindora Fry with Coconut-Sesame Seeds is an easy Kerala side dish recipe made with simple ingredients. 

Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti is best served with hot rice, a generous drizzle of desi ghee and Sambhar or Rasam. Oh, I can’t stop drooling at the very thought of it!

How to make Kerala ivy gourd dry fry:

To make Ivy Gourd Fry, wash tindora thoroughly. Chop off ends and finely slice the ivy gourds. Chop onions, slit green chillies and grate coconut. Keep aside.

Dry roast mustard, cumin and sesame seeds in a frying pan. Cool and grind coarsely. Set aside

Heat oil in a frying pan. Add sliced tindora, slit green chilies, salt and turmeric. Saute for a minute.

Add ¼ cup water and cook with a lid on for about 5 minutes.

Once all the moisture is absorbed, add chopped onions and 1 tbsp of oil. Mix well and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Add the ground masala powder to the tindora dish. Drizzle a little oil and mix well.

Fry till the tindora starts to brown. Top the Tindora Masala Fry with fresh curry leaves and grated coconut.

Serve a delicious bowl of Kerala Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti with Dal-Rice or Roti.

 Coconut-Sesame Seeds Tindora Masala Recipe

Little Gourd Dry Fry

If you are looking for more green gourd recipes, do try out Jhinge Posto and Ash Gourd Curry.

Tindora Onion Masala Recipe details:

Ivy Gourd Fry Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Ivy Gourd Fry - thinly sliced pieces of little gourd, stir-fried with a mix of spices, topped with a sprinkling of coconut and flavoured with fresh curry leaves is just heavenly!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala
Servings: 4
Calories: 104 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Ivy gourd/Tindora – 500 gms sliced
  • Onion – 1 finely chopped
  • Green chilies – 3-4 slit lengthwise
  • Sesame seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds -1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tbsp
  • Grated Coconut optional - a handful
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds -1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  1. For tindora onion masala, Mix the sliced ivy gourd/tindora with green chilies, turmeric and salt. Add ¼ cup of water and cook over slow flame for about 5 minutes.
  2. When all the water evaporates, add the onions and a tablespoon of oil.
  3. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Roast the mustard, cumin and sesame seeds in a pan and grind it to a coarse powder.
  5. Add the ground powder along with a little oil to the ivy gourd dish.
  6. Fry till the ivy gourds turn slightly brown.
  7. Season with curry leaves and grated coconut.
  8. Serve Ivy Gourd Fry with hot with rice or chapathi.

Recipe contributed by Anjali Rajan

Ivy Gourd Dry Fry – Kerala Kovakka Mezhukkupuratti | Tindora Masala
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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

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