Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kovakkai Podi Karamedu/ Gherkins Spiced Fry

Kovakkai Or Gherkins is one veggie we both like :)..Yesterday i had posted the Curry powder & today i thought i would extend its use to a veggie and choose this as a part of BM 15. Its not necessary to add this powder to the veggie, but its different & a variation is always good right :)



Coming to think of Kovakkai, someone had told my MIL that too much of this veggie makes your memory weak.. Have you guys heard of such stories?? Like.. ladies finger makes you do Math well ( I fell for this..so would ensure i east ladies finer before my Math test :))..So many such stories..cant remember them.. Gherkins effect maybe :D...I dono, whether they are true or these stories were created to make kids eat.. Share with me your experiences..would love to hear them :).. Now off to the recipe!


Ingredients
1. Oil - 2-3 tsp + 1/2 tsp
2. Mustard seeds - 1-1/2 tsp
3. Channa dal - 2 tsp
4. Urad dal - 2 tsp
5. Gherkins/Kovakkai - 5 cups
6. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp 
7. Red Chilli powder - 1.5 tsp
8. Curry Powder - 5-6 tsp
9. Salt - to taste 


Preparation Time!!
1. Remove both the end of Gherkins and cut them into long slices and keep aside
2. In a pan, add 2-3 tsp of oil and add mustard seeds. As they splutter, add Channa & Urad dal and sauté till they turn light brown


3. Then add the gherkins and mix well. To this add the chilli, turmeric powders, salt and mix well. Saute till they gherkins are cooked. Stir occasionally & don't blacken them


4. You could go ahead & have it as stir fried veggie too..
5. Another variation is.. To this cooked gherkins, add the Curry powder and remaining 1/2 tsp of oil and mix well. Gently mix and sauté for 3-5 minutes & its ready to be served


Serve as an accompaniment with rice dishes or with roti's or just enjoy it in a bowl !


Pointers
* I didn't know how much of Gherkins i had picked up.. So after chopping they measured 5 cups & each cup of mine can hold 236 ml
** Reduce the amount of curry powder & other spices based on the quantity you use.. 5 cups may seem like a lot, but they shrink as we sauté them


Serving : 2-3 generous helpings
Duration : 30 minutes


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37 comments:

  1. My fav veggie and I like my mom's version of this curry. Lovely pics, makes me want some right now.

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  2. Simply love the addition of the curry powder, will definitely enhance the flavour of this dish..

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  3. As a kid, I always believed that ladies finger increases math skill and used to take it a lot.. :D
    Love your kovakkai spiced fry!! So packed with flavor..
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  4. I love podia added veggies. Makes the veggie taste very hearty and tasty.

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  5. I love Tindora. Excellent looking.

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  6. Even we were told the stories about tindora and bhendi..love the curry!

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  7. I love this podi potta curry, looks awesome dear..

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  8. Last picture is delicious! Gherkins look crispy and that is how I like this vegetable.

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  9. This looks so delicious! I love vegetables and I love curry!

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  10. Looks yum!
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  11. kovakkai looks so yummy and perfect, loved the addition of your curry powder as well...excellent sidedish for rice...!! I have heard some stories like ripe kovakkai is bad for health or so, which I don't believe :)

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  12. was interested in new ways to make gherkins..loved it

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  13. Lip Smacking Rasi. I too have heard that story and just do not understand who would go to such lengths to spread such rubbish rumors.

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  14. Looks so tempting! I love it with rice and moru...but its quite a task to wash and slice these things :D


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  15. interesting...would never think of cooking these..usually I just chop these to put in salads

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  16. looks lovely n tasty
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  17. Yummy curry. Would be great for the sides

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  18. I was also told about the same things about lady's finger and kovakkai...but some how I preffered kovakkai over lady's finger :)

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  19. Lovely picture..we make this at least once a week..very healthy..

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  20. Ha ha! The stories are sure interesting ;-)
    Your dish looks amazing. I have never ever tried this veggie before and your post is tempting me into trying it asap!

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  21. delicious tindora stir fry..very crisp and perfectly done.

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  22. Love this dish..looks spicy.. yumm yummm....

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  23. That is awesome recipe Rasi...superb...

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  24. delicous and awesome.Today i made kovakka-Pvakka poriyal...hmmm

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  25. awesum luking..loved the pics...nice one n easy to make..here i dont have this veg.missing it;-(
    Maha

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  26. Luv kovakka...i must try this version

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  27. Love the tindora curry in all forms. :)

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  28. i rem my grand father teling me this...but this is a fav at my in-laws place and since none of them suffer from memory loss i dont believe it anymore! :D prepare it exactly like this quite often actually, it has become quite a fav

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  29. This is my dads fav and my least fav veggie. Click looks very nice..

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  30. my kiddo's favourite. I also make like this. Nice clicks.

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  31. Flavorful curry and is one of my favorite veggies. Thx for linking.

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  32. that looks soo delicious...perfect with rice...

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