Kovakka / Ivygourd Masala Gravy


200 gm kovakka/ivygourd
1/4 cup grated coconut
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tbsp cashew nuts
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp coriander leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
salt to taste
2-3 tsp oil


    1. Wash and chop the kovakka lengthwise and keep it aside.
    2. Heat a pan and dry roast the grated coconut till it turns golden brown colour and keep it aside.
    3. In the same pan, roast the cashew nuts and then grind it with roasted coconut to a smooth paste adding little water.
    4. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves.
    5. Add chopped onion and saute well till it turns transparent.
    6. Add ginger-garlic paste and chopped tomatoes and saute well.
    7. Add coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and 1/2 cup of water and saute well till the tomatoes turn mushy.
    8. Add the chopped kovakka and about 1 1/2 cups of water into this and mix well.
    9. Then add the ground coconut paste and salt and mix well. Close the cooker and cook for 3 whistles on medium flame.
    10. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Serve hot with rice, chapati etc..
    Recipe adapted from here..

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