Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) Peera Pattichathu

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Kovakka Peera
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Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) Peera Pattichathu

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Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

  • 250 gms Kovakka (cut lengthwise)
  • 4 Green chilly (slit lengthwise)
  • 6 Small onion / Pearl onion (finely sliced)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup Grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera
  • 1 - 1.5 tsp Finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 pieces Kokum (Kudampuli) (soaked in water)
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves

Instructions

  • Crush the ingredients from green chilli to turmeric powder using your finger tips. Add the other ingredients to this along with 2-3 tbsp of water. Cover & cook on low fire. It will take 7-10 mins approx. Serve hot with rice.

Notes

It will take sometime for the flavor to set in, ideally it tastes better the next day. Check in between cooking and give it a stir. You can make meen (fish) peera also the same way. I've made this with canned tuna also and it was good. Omit jeera if you are making meen peera. Also try adding grated ginger for meen peera. ( a tip shared by Elizabeth, one of the readers)
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27 thoughts on “Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) Peera Pattichathu”

  1. hi maria chechi.. :) am a beginner in cooking.. tried this dish since there are a lot of kovakkas here.. everyone liked this recipe… thanks a lot chechi :) keep posting..

  2. i tried this & we loved it…my husband never liked kovakka, but he said this is different & liked it a lot…Thnx Maria for the lovely recepie..!

  3. Maira,
    Thanks a lot for this recipe.I made sardines peeravatichathu and we all relished it as it came out really well.

  4. Hey Maria,
    Its Lent again and I was searching for new veggie recipes. I hate kovakka and my husband loves it! I cook them for him and dont eat them myself. No amount of convincing about their nutritional value could make me eat them. But this recipe had me gorging on kovakkas :)  Thanks a lot.

  5. hi maria i tried dis recipe of urs and it came out really well.goes very wel with rice.have heard kovakka is a very nutritious veg but havent tried to cook it.but ur recipe is very yummy.will make often now.thanx and keep going.
    nitasha

    • Hi Nitasha,

      Thanks dear :) It’s a different recipe from the normal thorans and also it tastes like meen peera, thats what I like about this recipe.

      Thanks for your wishes too :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Jaya,

      Welcome to Marias Menu! It’s good to know that it came out nice for you. Thanks for trying & hope to see you here often :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  6. Nice recipe Maria, will try this out as soon as I can get Kovakka.

    Till now only Kovakka dish was kovakka dry prawns merukkupuratty. Its rather simple dish but the dry prawns give a unique flavour.

    All like Kovakka at home so having one more recipe is nice.

  7. Recipe sounds easy & yummy!!!! We usually eat veggie curries and love Ivy Gourd! Thanks for shring this recipe!

  8. i probably know a handful of veggie dishes and i get so so bored with it. I only knew how to make the kovakka stir fry, not anythin else…will try this out next time.

  9. now tht u have mentioned kozhuva peera my mouth is all watery!! kozhuva peera and kozhua fry were my fav dishes!! SIgh! wht to do, cant get it here

  10. God bless u Maria!!! i am also at wits end with wht to cook in veggies given I have a hardcore non veg husband who dsnt eat more than half the veggies on the planet and to top it of wht he eats i dont get all veggies here!!! Kovakka is one thing we get but dnt know a a good recipe….. Will def try this one :-)

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