Kovakka Thoran (Poriyal) Recipe
Kovakka Thoran is a simple side dish where Ivy gourd is sauteed along with coconut and basic spices. You can make this as a side dish with your South Indian meals.
The Kovakka Thoran (Poriyal) Recipe is an inspiration of the Kerala dish. You can also add onions to this dish and lots more green chillies. This recipe is without the onions and you can server it either ways.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Vegetable Recipes such as
- 500 grams Tindora (Dondakaya/ Kovakkai) , cut into desired shape
- 1/2 cup Fresh coconut , grated
- 2 Green Chillies
- 2 sprig Curry leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
- 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- Salt , to taste
How to make Kovakka Thoran (Poriyal) Recipe
To begin making the Kovakka Poriyal Recipe, we will first steam the vegetable with salt in the pressure cooker adding just about 2 tablespoons of water or a steamer until it is soft and cooked.
In a blender, make a coarse mixture of the coconut, one sprig of curry leaves, green chillies and cumin seeds.
Combine the coconut mixture into the steamed kovakka and keep aside.
The final step is to make the seasoning. Heat a small pan with a teaspoon of oil; add in the mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.
Once it crackles, stir in the other sprig of curry leaves and the turmeric powder. Turn off the heat and pour this seasoning into the Kovakka Poriyal mixture. (If you are adding onions, then you can add it along with the seasoning after the mustard crackles. Sauté until the onions turn soft)
Stir to come well and check the salt levels and adjust to suit your taste.