Kovakkai - Ivy Gourd
Kovakkai helps regulate blood sugar levels. Therefore it is recommended for diabetics. It is rich in fibre and protein. This is not an oft prepared vegetable at home as my grand mom was of the opinion that it brings about memory loss. I do not know how far it is true. We generally make a Masala. My sister taught me this mixed rice which is a favourite in our lunch-boxes. Browsing the net, I have bookmarked a few other recipes too.
Tender Kovakkai cooks really fast and is tasty too. It is a spicy dish and goes well with Rasam / Curd Rice. My friend Malathy taught me the following recipe which has a fan following at home. Very very simple and very very very tasty.
Kovakkai - 1/4 Kg
Chilli Powder - 2 Tbsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Dhaniya Powder - 1/2 tsp
Gram Flour - 2 Tbsp
Oil - to mix
Oil for shallow frying
Wash and trim Kovakkai (Ivy Gourd). Make deep slits along its length.
In a plate, mix chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, dhaniya powder and gram flour with a little oil.
Carefully stuff the gourds with the mixture.
Heat oil in a shallow non-stick pan.
Add stuffed gourds and shallow fry until done - shaking the pan every once in a while ensuring that it gets cooked all around (Test - the skin should have shrunk).
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve.