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


  • 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.
  1. This is really an awesome recipe.. Turned out soo good!!! Thankyou so much for sharing this!!

  2. Thank you for sharing such an informative post on the recipe with mayonnaise sauce , surely will try to use…

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