Kovakkai Theeyal is a traditional Kerala style curry with the flavor of grated coconut and spice. It is a simple and easy home style Ivy Gourd Theeyal best served as a side dish with chapatis or with curd rice and dal-rice. Ivy Gourd helps in controlling blood sugar levels which is beneficiary when it comes to diabetes. This curry is a very simple one that does not involve any grinding of masala but uses the basic ingredients that are available in the pantry. Preparing Kovakkai Theeyal often is really healthy as it contains lots of nutritional benefits in it. While planning your meal for the day or the week, it’s great to include a variety of locally grown vegetables as it helps add a range of much-needed nutrients and minerals to your diet. Ivy gourd is known by many different names across India. The most common ones are Dondakaya in Telugu, Kovakka in Tamil, Kundru, Tendli, Tondli in Marathi, Kovakkai in Malayalam etc. This Theeyal is an authentic dish from Kerala where the Kovakkai / Ivy Gourd is cooked along with roasted coconut and condiments. The theeyal can be prepared with a host of vegetables like pearl onions, eggplant, yam, drumstick, snake gourd, long beans, raw cashew, bitter gourd and many others. Do try this simple recipe and serve it to your family. Here is the detailed recipe of Kovakkai Theeyal.
Myself, Sobha Kesavan, a retired Accountant in a MNC based in Delhi where I was staying for 26 years. Afterwards, I moved to Bangalore for a period of 4 years and then later, settled along with my husband in Thrissur, Kerala. My two sons and daughter-in-law are working out of Kerala as Software Engineers. I have immense passion for gardening and have been doing it since my stay in Delhi and most of the ingredients (vegetables) used in my recipes are home grown. I am interested in cooking mostly North Indian and South Indian cuisines. The recipes shared in pachakam.com from my end would definitely tickle your taste buds. I will be always looking forward for your valuable feedbacks or suggestions as there is always room for improvement.