Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kovakkai Sadam(Tindora/Indian Ivy Gourd Brown Rice)

Kovakkai(Tindora) is a popular Asian Indian Vegetable and is widely used in Indian Cooking. It looks like a small cucumber with a crunchy taste and can be used to make stir fry, stuffed and baked, or pickled raw by adding spices. Tindora is widely recommended for people with diabetes in alternate medicine due to its low glycemic index and its possible role in regulating blood glucose.

I love Tindora and this rice is a nice variation in using Tindora than the regular curries or pickle. Tindora, Onion, Brown Rice, Peanuts and Spices, this combination not only tastes so good but is absolutely good for you too. Who said Healthy Food doesn't taste good?

Preparation Time - 15 Minutes
Cooking Time - 15 Minutes
Serves - 2


Cooked Brown Rice - 2 Cups
Tender Tindora - 1 lb
Big Onion - 1
Roasted Peanuts - 1/4 Cup
Salt - 1 1/2 Tsp or to taste
Coconut Oil - 2 Tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 Tsp
Asafoetida - pinch
Curry Leaves - few
Lemon Juice - 1 Tsp or to taste
Chopped Cilantro - 1 Tbsp for garnishing

Spice Powder/Masala

Split Chick Peas (Kadalai Paruppu) - 1 Tbsp
Coriander Seeds - 2 Tbsp
Red Chili - 4 or to taste
Fennel Seeds - 1/4 Tsp
Grated Coconut - 2 Tbsp


1) Heat a pan and dry roast split chick peas till they are slightly brown, then add the coriander seeds, red chili, fennel seeds. Once all the ingredients are thoroughly roasted, add the grated coconut and saute till slightly browned and then switch off the stove and let these cool for a few minutes and after that grind into a coarse to fine powder and keep it aside.

2) Heat a wide mouthed pan, add a tsp of oil. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and once it stops spluttering, add asafoetida powder and curry leaves.

3) Add the chopped onion and once it is translucent, add the finely chopped Tindora, 1/2 Tsp salt, turmeric powder and cook till tender.

4) Once the tindora is cooked, add the brown rice, remaining oil, salt, the ground masala powder and saute for a minute.

5) Now switch off, add the roasted peanuts and lemon juice, chopped cilantro and serve with vegetable raita(pachidi/dip)

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Priya said...

Delicious rice, sounds absolutely yummy and healthy..

aipi said...

What a delicious one pot meal idea..loved it :)

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Nithu said...

Healthy and delicious meal. Bookmarked.

Padhu said...

Rice looks so delicious!New here .
Lovely collection of beautiful dishes u have .Do drop by
Padhuskitchen when time permits

Shanthi said...

Looks wonderful and perfect

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

very innovative...want ro try someday..

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