Sunday, July 1, 2012

Kovakka Curry (Dondakaya) with a spice powder

Dondakaya or Kovakka is made quite often at home.  Generally it is a stir fry.  The simplest way to make it. But this recipe at Ambika's Kitchen*  had a kovakka curry with a nice powder ( podi) and I was willing to put in a little effort today to make it different from the usual. Though the curry at AK was cooked before the addition of the podi, I stir fried the veggie.

Ingredients:
Kovakka - 250 gms

Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - a large pinch
Aamchur powder - 1/2 tsp ( if you are cooking it with a little water you can use tamarind instead)
Salt to taste


Seasoning:
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp

Podi
Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
Chana dal - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Red chilies - 6 nos
Coconut - 1/4 cup grated
Sesame seeds - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 2-3 pods
Curry leaves - few

Dry roast all the ingredients.
Grind to a powder - not very fine.
Keep aside.

Heat oil in a wok
Add the mustard allow to splutter
Proceed with the asafoetida.
And then the cut kovakka
Put in the turmeric and the amchur powder
Stir fry till done.
Add the podi, mix and keep for a little longer.

Serve with hot rice or rasam or have it with rotis.



Any extra spice powder or podi can be kept in a airtight container and kept in the refrigerator for future use.

*Ambika's Kitchen - link

23 comments:

  1. One of my favorite vegetables..yum

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  2. Kovakka curry with spice powder looks perfect.

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  3. lovely and delicious curry.loved the addition of spicy and flavourful podi

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  4. lovly tindora curry. all time favs :)

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  5. I made soemthing similar with baingan 2day..yummm

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  6. oh!! such a healthy kovakka looks perfect!!!

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  7. Radha I am sure the curry must have tasted delicoius with the addition of the masala will love to try.

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  8. Wow..I feel hungry seeing the spicy kovakka.extremely tempting.

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  9. I like how you have added podi into the kovaka curry. It adds a lot of texture. Will try this next time.

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  11. looks spicy ..love the addition of masala..very tempting!!!
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  12. looks spicy and hot, just something I am craving...been on a holiday and missed home food....love the balti you served it in :-)

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    1. @ Meg & Suchi - Thanks. Liked the balti too - a gift - that should ideally have had some gravy/liquid in it!!

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  13. Radha thanks for sharing this recipe; am going to try it. Was just browsing some old posts. Don't get time everyday to read all the blogs I follow so when time comes, I just browse and bookmark some favourites! :-)

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    1. Of late, I too do not find time to visit too many blogs. Keep wondering how many nice recipes I might have missed. Do try out this one it was thoroughly appreciated at home

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