Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) Curry Recipe – Kerala Style Homemade Curry – കോവക്ക കറി

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  • Yield : 1 bowl
  • Servings : 3
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 25m

Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) Curry Recipe – Kerala Style Homemade Curry – കോവക്ക കറി 

Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) Curry Recipe

Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) Curry Recipe

Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) Curry is an authentic Kerala style recipe that goes well with Plain Rice. Even if it is a vegetarian curry, it tastes like a fish curry. Hence it is favourite for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. Try out this quick, simple and healthy curry at your home and enjoy it with your family.

Ivy Gourd standardizes the sugar metabolism within your body by improving the glucose production. Therefore it is an excellent assistance to the diabetic patients. Ivy gourd has also been utilized as a medicine to cure Asthma, Bronchitis, Jaundice and Leprosy. Read more about health benefits of Ivy Gourd.

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  • Kovakka / Ivy Gourd - 1 cup ( cut length wise )
  • Green Chilly - 3 nos ( slitted )
  • Ginger - 1 small piece
  • Red Chilly Powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Kudampuli ( Gambooge ) - 3 pieces
  • Fenugreek Seeds - a pinch
  • Shallots - 4 nos ( cut into thin round slices )
  • Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
  • Water - 2 cup
  • Coconut Oil - 4 tbsp


Step 1

Heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a clay pot or meen chatty. Add ivy gourd or kovakka, green chilly and ginger into it and saute until it turns soft.

Step 2

Add red chilly powder and turmeric powder into it and saute for one minute.

Step 3

Grind grated coconut and shallots to a smooth paste by adding 1/2 cup of water. Add this coconut paste into the cooked ivy gourd and mix well.

Step 4

Add kudampuli, salt and 1 1/2 cup of water to it and cook on a medium flame until the gravy thickens. Switch off the flame.

Step 5

For seasoning, heat oil in a pan and splutter fenugreek seeds. Then add shallots and curry leaves into it. Stir it until shallots turns brown. Pour this over the prepared curry.

Step 6

Tasty Kovakka Curry is ready.

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