Kovakka -Vanpayar Thoran (Ivy Gourd – Red Beans Thoran)


300 gm kovakka / ivy gourd
1/4 cup vanpayar / red beans ( 1/2 cup cooked)
1/2 cup grated coconut
3 green chillies
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1 sprig curry leaves
2-3 dry red chillies
1 tsp mustard seeds
salt to taste
1 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Soak the vanpayar in water overnight and pressure cook it adding enough water and salt. Drain the water and keep it aside.
  2. Chop the kovakka into small pieces and keep it aside.
  3. Grind together grated coconut, green chillies, garlic cloves, cumin seeds, turmeric powder and chilli powder to a coarse mixture.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  5. Add kovakka and salt and mix well and cook covered at low flame, stirring in between.
  6. When half cooked, add cooked vanpayar to this and mix well.
  7. Then add coconut mixture , mix well and sprinkle some water and cook covered at low flame, stirring occasionally. Remove from flame and serve with rice…

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