Kovakkai | Tindora Stir Fry

Kovakkai | Tindora Stir Fry

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Kerala style kovakkai mezhukkupuratti/stir fry.

Stir fry is know as mezhukkupuratti in kerala cuisine. It is a style of preparation for vegetarian dishes in Kerala where the vegetable is stir-fried with spices. Chopped onions or shallots may also be used.  I love stir fry recipes along with sambar rice or rasam rice. More than poriels I crave for stir fry veggies.

Key Ingredients

  • 500 grams kovakkai/tindora
  • shallots crushed/chopped 6nos
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • fresh curry leaves

Directions

  • Heat oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal and dried red chillies. Fry until the seeds splutter and the urad dal turns golden.
  • Add in the crushed shallots and curry leaves. Fry till it turns to golden brown.
  • Add in the chopped kovakkai to the pan and add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
  • Splash little water in between and fry the kovakkai on low flame.
  • Keep saute every 5 minutes to avoid scorching at the bottom.
  • Once it is nicely cooked and fried, remove off heat and serve.

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