Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kovakkai (Tindora) with Black Channa


Priya, Priya Sriram, Prathiba, Aruna, Sanghi, Shama, Vishali and Madhu gave me this award and i LOVE their blogs too.
I want to pass this award to all the blogger friends. I love all your blogs. Pls. accept this award.




Now to the recipe :)

I love tindora and it was one of my three favorite vegetables, when i was a kid..Did i say three? :-) I was one of the pickiest eaters when i was a kid :-O A mom's nightmare. My mom used to try various things to make me eat veggies and she was so happy to see me taking almost all the vegetables after i moved to U.S.

I just love the way my mom makes Tindora and my friend Jo introduced me this version few years back and i love this too. The earthy flavor of Black channa makes the roasted kovakkai taste yum!! I could decide which of the two to send to the WYF event and i usually prefer sending healthy recipes to events, so i picked this as it is protein rich.

When i goto the grocery store i don't really pay much attention to how much the vegetables weigh when i buy them. I just know that it will be sufficient or more than sufficient when i buy..that is why i usually give the measurements in cups :)

Ingredients :

Kovakkai / Tindora / Ivygourd - 4 cups (chopped)
Cooked Kala channa (Black chickpeas) - 1 cup
Red chilli powder - 1 spoon or as required
Salt to taste
Dhaniya (Coriander seeds) powder- 1.5 spoons
Cilantro - for garnishing
Mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves, urad daal for seasoning






Method :

Soak the kala channa overnight and pressure cook it in salted water.
Drain and keep aside. Steam the chopped tindora till they are well cooked.
Otherwise it will take a long time and lot more oil to cook it.
After steaming the tindora, heat some oil in a non-stick pan and pop mustard seeds.
Add urad daal, hing and curry leaves and fry till urad daal is golden brown.
Add the cooked tindora and cooked kala channa. Add salt, chilli powder and dhaniya powder and
mix well. Cook till the raw smell is gone and till the tindora gets slightly roasted. I cut tindora into thin slices so it gets roasted fast. Add minced cilantro and grated coconut (optional). I didn't add coconut, but it tastes even better with coconut.



Sending this to EC's WYF Sidedish.

Click here for the recipe of my mom's yummiest Tindora Curry.


43 comments:

Priya Sriram said...

Congrats dear! Very happy to share with you! :)
Kovakkai with black channa is a new and different, very yummy way of making a subzi!! :D Looks really nice and inviting... Would be awesome with roti! Nice click! :)

Pooja said...

Congrats vibaas...Yummy curry very new to me..

Uma said...

tindora and black chana is an unusual combo! Must have tasted yum! Looks so delicious :)

Congrats on the award.

Vrinda said...

Congrats on ur awrads vibhas, I never steamed tindora,i always fry in oil..the best way to avoid oil..will try this way...

srikars kitchen said...

Congrats.. curry looks yummy & delicious..

ARUNA said...

congrats Vibaas, u deserve it......Tindora looks delicious!!

Vibaas said...
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Vibaas said...

Priya, yeah i luv it with rotis too :)

Vrinda, pls. try and let me know if u liked it :)

Thx pooja, uma, sripriya and aruna

Suparna said...

Hi vibaas,
Wouldn't want to say much coz the simplicity of the dish and combination says it all :) Would surely give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.
Happy Weekend!
tc

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

i love tindora too. but this combo with black channa is new and sounds wonderful... very healthy too.

Vibaas said...

thx suparna and mahi.

Indhu said...

lovely recipe... I have never tried this combination - will do soon :)

Prathibha said...

congrats dear for the award...
tindora with chana looks unusual combo...yummy..

Deepa Hari said...

Lovely combo...looks different and yum...Congrats on ur award Vidya.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Congrats on your awards dear... I like the idea of tindora and black channa fiberous food...

rekhas kitchen said...

I make this with white channa black channa mmm never tried willtry next time looks very helthy and intresting

EC said...

This is a very nice and new combination...even I was and am still very choosy in food..thanks for the entry

Cham said...

Different combo would have never thought!

Happy cook said...

Looks so so delicious and congrats.

Ammu said...

congrag vibaas. Nice curry. Very tempting.

jeyashrisuresh said...

was quite busy with guests last week.tofu strawberry shake is yummy. tindora with black channa is absolutely new to me. will give a try.nice idea of steaming the veg.congrats on ur award

Gita's Kitchen said...

Delicous curry Vibaas, looks different and yummy! Congrats on your award dear :)

Jaishree said...

Curry looks yummy & delicious..Congrats on ur awrads vibhas

Jaishree said...

Curry looks yummy & delicious..Congrats on ur awrads vibhas

Premyscakes said...

Congrats vibaas. Curry sounds yummy.

A_and_N said...

you've put me in a dilemma because i am not a big fan of kovakkai but i love black chana :) This looks good Vibaas :)

Sree vidya said...

Hi Vidya,
Gr8 to see a Vidya!
Thanx for visiting my blog and leaving your comments.It means a lot to me.Nice blog u have
I will go thru all the posts.
I love to discover new blogs and every time I end up finding one,
I will read all the posts.
Keep visiting. Say Hi to ur princes.:D

Vidya

VIDYA VENKY said...

congrats on ur award....ur kovakai curry with channa is a new combo will surely try it

Sanghi said...

Hi da, channa looks scrumptious! I'v also passed this award to you dear! Congrats..!

Vibaas said...

thanks Sanghi, have updated the post

Ashwini said...

That looks so good. This is a new combo..Will try it out. Congrats on the award..Enjoy.

Madhumathi said...

Congrats,Vibaas!
Kovakkai with black channa is a very unique combo..Lovely recipe..Thanks for sharing with us..Will try for sure :)

Ann said...

This is a surprise Viba,havent tried such a combo yet..love to try soon..!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

Congrats on ur award dear...yummy recipe...please do collect mine too from cucumber pachadi recipe

Chitra said...

congrats on ur award,this is new to me, will try it out:)

G.Pavani said...

hi vibaas hru yaar...since iam on my 7th month of pregancny i cant able cook n post things yaar...n in coming october we r moving to uk..

Pavithra said...

everything is looking great

n33ma said...

Congrats and I too lovy ivy gourd.yummy

Vishali said...

Love the tindora curry Vibaas. Congrats on the award. I have passed the same award to you too ;). Enjoy!

Dhanya said...

Congrats Vibaas. Curry looks yummy.Tindora is one of my favourite.

Maya said...

Haven't had them both in a dish together, we love both, so thanx for ur idea!

kittymatti said...

yummy~ great combination..will surely try this!

Akal's Saappadu said...

thank you so much for the award dear; sorry, couldn't reply sooner ; blogll irundhu konjam naalu dhooramaaa irundhen :)

it's an honour to accept the award from you; i'm happy that you like the blog :)will update it soon :)

kovaikkai curry pakkarthukku tasty-aa irukku:)

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