I never know that we can cook this ivy gourd until I moved out of my village. I don’t think in
my village anyone cook this.  I still remember that I used to pick this Ivy gourd fruit for
eating at my villages in my childhood. The taste of this fruit will be mixing sweat and little
sour. The fruit color will be in pink or red. It look beautiful. I recently know that having this
vegetable is very good for health. It is good for diabetes, reduces blood sugar, prevent

Ivy gourd - 200 gram
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - ½ tsp
Grated coconut - 2 tsp
Mustard seed, Urad dal mix - 1 tsp
Cumin seed - 1 tsp
Chana dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 leaflet
Salt as required
Oil for seasoning
Cut 200 gram Ivy gourd in to small pieces. You can cut into round shaped or vertical.
Heat 3 tsp of oil in a pan. Once oil hot, add 1 tsp mustard seed, urad dal mix, 1 tsp cumin
seed, 1 tsp Chana dal.
When mustard seed start splutter, add 1 leaflet fresh curry leaves.
Then add ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and give a
Now add cut Ivy gourd and stir to mix spices and ivy gourd together.
Now add salt as per your taste and mix it.
Keep it in medium flame and close with a lid. Cook this for 3 minutes.
No need to add water as this vegetable will release enough moisture.
After 3 minutes, open and stir it.
Now add ½ tsp garam masala and stir it.
Close with lid again and cook for another 4 minutes.
After 4 minutes, open and give a stir.
Finally add 2 tsp grated coconut and mix it.

Now the tasty Ivy gourd Fry or Kovakkai poriyal is ready to serve.