Thursday, December 6, 2007

Kovakkai Kadalai Curry

I got this recipe from SUN TV"s Unnavum Aarogiyamum program. It was prepared by Chef Jacob in his "oil less cooking series". But readers beware. This is not a fat free curry as it has 3 tbsps of cashewnut paste in it. The reason I tried this was to see how the kovakkai-kadalai combination worked out and also that the recipe had no tomatoes and oil in it.

The final result was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. It had such an outburst of flavor ,really very different from the other curries I normally prepare. Now it has become my new favorite and I'll be trying this more often. So, I wanted to pass on the recipe to you also so that you can give it a try. Good luck and Happy Eating

Kovakkai/Tindora- 20 (cut lengthwise) (half steamed)
Kadalaikkai/Boiled peanuts- 1 cup
Onion- 1 (finely chopped)
cashewnut paste- 3 tbsp
cloves- 2
cinnamon- 1" piece
chilli powder- 1 tsp (original recipe called for 2 tsp. But 1 was ok for me) turmeric- 1/4 tsp
curry leaves- 1 twig (finely chopped) salt- as required
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp

Heat pan until it's very hot. Then add the spices and saute them .Remember .....NO OIL. The cardamom will plump up a bit due to heat. Now add onions and some salt. Saute until it is light brown in color. You have to keep on sauteing every now and then as it does not have any oil and it might stick to the pan after a while.Now add curry leaves,ginger garlic paste and turmeric. Saute for a min. Then add chilli powder and saute for 2 more mins. Now add 1/2 a cup of water and mix well. Close and cook for 5 mins. After that the gravy will be a little thick. Now add kovakkai , peanuts and salt. Add nother cup of water and boil for 5 more minutes. Finally add garam masala and cashew paste. Mix well and boil to desired consistency.

This gravy goes very good with white rice, dosa and rotis.


swapna susarla said...

Hi kribha
this is very new to me.will give a try definitely.looks tasty!!

Prema Sundar said...

I saw this on suntv too... urs have turned out very well kribha.

Rina said...

Hi Kribha, I've never ventured anything more with Kovaikai except the regular fry. Though my GM used to make gravy with this with tamarind sauce. So this is a unique one for me. Kadalai combo is good. Goes well with roti I think. Looks gr8.

Seema said...

Kribha - This looks great..Interesting combo of Tindora & peanuts.. gravy looks yum!! Will try.. missed this on Sun Tv :-(
But Thanks for trying & posting it for us dear:-)

Suma Gandlur said...

Now this one is a unique dish. Frying onions with out oil? I will try doing this and If I am successful, This is the way I am going to fry onions from now on.

Suganya said...

Kovakkai vathakkal is all I like. In gravy, don't it become gooey?

indosungod said...

Kribha, the curry looks rich and I feel like tasting it right away. Never tried with tindora in gravy dishes but boiled peanuts just love them in curries.

Laavanya said...

Oh how cool is that and what a different combination! Looks great kribha.

Richa said...

that is one unique combo, Kribha! gravy looks very good :)so did u pressure cook the peanuts?

Kalai said...

Oh my gosh! I just made this tonight too! Yeah, I also saw it on Sun TV. It turned out awesome for me too. Served it with methi roti. Yum, yum... :)

Nags said...

i am not a fan of peanut based gravy.. where are your pictures :)

bee said...

thank you, kribha. i love tindora, so thi is going to be attempted when we buy it next.

sagari said...

wowwww yummyyyy and delecious curry with out oil nice recipeeee kriba thanks for sharing i have some thindoras i will try it

Anonymous said...

where is ur mushroom pepper quick fix curry..wasn't able to locate it.with that simple ingredients and the work put in it --that curry was very good.A delicious quick fix curry..

Happy cook said...

It really looks delicious and the sauce is so thinck and creamy. Just give me a plate with while rice and i will hog it :-)

Kribha said...

Hi Swapna,
It was truly delicious. You must try it for sure to taste it's unique flavor. I'm sure you will surely like it.

Hi Prema,
Glad to know that you also watched the show. It tasted very delicious. You must try it too.

Hi Rina,
I have also never used kovakkai in a gravy based dish. This is the first time. But the final result was very tasty and satisfying. For me it tasted very good with plain rice than rotis. You should try it and see what suits your palate.

Hi Seema,
Glad you liked it. You must surely try this. I'm very much positive that you will like it if you taste it.

Hi Suma,
You can surely saute onions without any oil at all . When I first started to cook, I was using very less oil. But when back home for a vacation I noticed eveyone using so much of oil and thought that's the way I should cook. Now I've got so used to it that's it hard to break that habit off. :-(

Hi Suganya,
This is the first time I'm trying kovakkai in a gravy dish. I promise, it was not gooey at all. I steamed the vegetable for a few minutes and then used it in the gravy. So, the vegetable was cooked just right. You should try it too.

I loved this curry as soon as I saw it in TV. The combination was unique and tasted great. Do try it sometime. You will like it.

Hi Laavanya,
Thanks dear. I'm so glad that you liked it.

Hi Richa,
Glad that you liked the dish. Actually, I boiled the peanuts and then shelled it. Did not use the pressure coooker. Maybe nexttime I will do it.

Hi Kalai,
A warm welcome to you dear.Glad to know that you tried it too. Wasn't it awesome? I'll be doing it soon again. Methi roti sounds yum.Bet you had a tasty dinner.

Hi Nags,
Sorry that you don't like peanut based gravies. Actually it tasted very good. I do not know if we can substitute any other nuts for this. I'll try it someother time and let you know.
I'm sorry that you couldn't see the pictures.Don't know why. Can you try refreshing again. If not, please let me know again.

Hi Bee,
Thanks dear. Glad that you liked it and hope you give it a try.

Hi Sagari,
I'm so happy that yu liked it. Do try it sometime. You will like it for sure.

Hi Magnolia,
I have all my curries posted under veg curries. I have made only 2 dishes with button mushrooms. One made with peas and the other with pepper. Didn't know which you were talking about. Anyway, please check it out agian. If you are not able to find it, please let me know again. Thanks for dropping by girl.

Hi HC,
Thanks for the kind words. Even we gobbled up everything with white rice. Next time I do it, I'll save some for you dear. :-)

USHA said...

Hi Kribha,

Nice recipe and thanks for sharing.Actually with Kovakkai i useto do porriyal and gravy....this is really a interesting and new for me.

Looks delicious and rich too.

Raji said...

Never cooked kovakkai before kribha,I dont even know how it tastes...Will it taste like Kathrikkai?If so I can try it out once;D

Jeena said...

Yummy this recipe looks delicious I bet the nuts gave it some great flavour. Lovely pictures Kribha. :)

Rajitha said...

kribha..the dish looks great! and love the gravy..but i will never eat kovakkai in any other way than crisp fried..yummm ;)

Latha Narasimhan said...

The only curry I make with kovakkai is stir fry with good amount of oil! :) Your recipe is nice! especially with cashew et all! :D I am not finding much time to blog as my appa is here. He needs to be given full attention! :)

zlamushka said...

I just took a bit of time to read through your recipes and this one is a winner. I am amazed how many curries you can come up with, all of them so different. I have added you to my RSS, I am looking forward to hearing again from you soon ;-)

remya said...

lovely combo kovakkai n peanuts...sounds very delicious...ohh ur soo fab making such yum yumm dishes kribha..

Spicelover said...

Hmm.. the only way I ever made kovakkai was poriyal/fry. We had boiled peanuts last week and i was just thinking it would be nice in a curry. I will try this... should be good with a coconut paste too i think... like a kurma.

Kribha said...

Hi Usha,
I'm so glad that you liked it. Initially, I was a little hesitant too to try this curry. But I just trusted the chef and I'm so happy that I did. It was just great. You should try it too.

Hi Raji,
Sorry for my late reply. Actually, I read that kovakkai belongs to the cucumber family. I cook it the same way as we do kathirikkai. This is my first attempt for a gravy. If you are buying it for the first time, here is a tip. Get firm green ones. When you cut it it should not have any red or orange color inside. I mean it shouldn't be ripe.If it is ripe discard it. Try this recipe. You will surely like it.

Hi Jeena,
Happy that you liked it. sure jeena, both the nuts gave a good flavor to the dish. Do try it sometime if you get kovakkai.

Hi Rajitha,
Anything fried is my first choice too. But try this for a change. Really yaar. You will like it.

Hi Lathama,
sorry for my late reply. I love kovakkai fried in lots of oil too. But this was very different. I was reluctant too to try this. But the end result was great.
I see that you are busy with your dad. Take your time ma. I know how important and sometimes stressful this job can be. My mom is a doctor. she takes care of my granny (dad's mom) so good. Although she does more than her best my granny always complains. I wish I had the patience of my mom.:-)

Hi Zlamushka,
Thanks dear for your kind words. Glad you liked it. Will look forward to your visiting.

Hi Remya,
Thanks dear. You should try this too. It tasted very different from the normal curries.

Hi spice lover,
Thanks for dropping by. This was indeed a great combination. Try it for yourself sometime. I think you will surely like it.

rv said...

hey thats a wonderful gravy thing, iam now experimenting veg gravies , i found one at asha's blog and it came out well, i will try ur's too:) Hope you and family are fine:)

Kribha said...

Hi Rv,
Glad that you liked the gravy. Hope you give it a try sometime. It's very different from the usual ones.

Archana said...

You know what, i love this vegetable, but never thought of making it in the form of a gravy dish. I like this recipe with kadalai. Thanks for sharing.

Kribha said...

Me too Archana. I have always made only dry curries with it. When I saw this recipe in TV , I knew I had to try it out. The end result was really good. Do give it a try sometime.