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Kovaikkai - 1/2 kg
Sambar onions - 10
Red chillies - 10
Salt to taste
Mustard ,Jeera,Urat dal - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp

TO GRIND : Onion + Red chillies - dont add water,grind coarsely.

NOTE : After chopping kovaikkai , add a tsp of turmeric powder and salt and mix them well and leave for 10 - 15 minutes.


1) Heat oil in a kadai.Add mustard,jeera and urat dal.When it splutters,add chopped kovaikkai (either round shape or finger shape) and fry them for a minute.Cover with a lid.Wait till it is half cooked.
2) Then add the grinded masala and chilli powder with salt.
3) Mix them well and leave in slow flame till it becomes proper fry.


Finla said…
Poruyal looks really yumm.
Chitra said…
oh kovakai special posts...this also looks easy and yum!!
Parita said…
Looks tasty, never used sambhar onions and red chillies together..sounds interesting! will try this
Unknown said…
Looks so delicious Shama... my fav veg fry
Hari Chandana P said…
mmm very interesting recipe..looks perfect.. :)
Dhanya Ganesh said…
I am a huge fan of kovaikkai. Poriyal looks delicious.
Gita Jaishankar said…
I love kovakkai Shama...I usually prepare them without adding onions...your dish looks yummy...I have to try out your version soon :)
I love this veggie...looks yummy..
Anonymous said…
healthy recipe.
Raks said…
Sounds so spicy!!Nice recipe:)
Priya Suresh said…
Looks so spicy and delicious!
lissie said…
tasty kovakkai poriyal...loved it!
Vrinda said…
I lov tindora fry..perfect with rice...
Srilakshmi said…
One of my fav veggies.. looks so delicious!
kittymatti said…
this looks great shama..the recipe is interesting..why should we add salt and turmeric before? does it make the veggie tender?
I have a big prob cooking fresh kovakka in US. Tehy are very hard and dont cook fast...
Unknown said…
My fav curry. First time here you have a nice blog.
Kalai said…
I love this poriyal recipe! Have never tried it with ground masala before. Looks great, Shama! :)
I used to love kovakkai when I was in school. But one day of an overdose and I never had it again :)
Anonymous said…
Thanks a lot.....
One of fav vegetable.. looking so good and tempting
Savi-Ruchi said…
interesting, never used sambar onions to any of the stirfry's. Picture looks cool.
Saritha said…
Simple curry yet delicious :)
lubnakarim06 said…
Oh wow......simple and delish...
Simple one. Looks yummy.

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