Onam special kovakka pachadi

Onam special kovakka pachadi

Kovakka or ivy gourd pachadi is the perfect dish to refresh your palette after every course in a traditional sadya (feast). Try this special recipe of kovakka pachadi for Onasadya this year.


1 cup fresh ivy gourd (cut into pieces)

¼ tsp turmeric powder

Salt as required

¼ cup shallots (chopped)

2 tsp green chillies

1 tsp ginger (finely chopped)

4 tsp coconut oil

½ tsp mustard seeds

A pinch of fenugreek

3 dried chillies

1 sprig curry leaves

1 cup yoghurt

1 tsp crushed mustard seeds


Cook the ivy gourd with turmeric powder, salt, shallots, green chillies and ginger in ¼ cup water

Keep it aside to be used later. Do not overcook the ivy gourd

Heat coconut oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds

Roast fenugreek seeds, dried chillies and curry leaves

Add the cooked ivy gourd mixture into this tempering

Add the crushed mustard seeds in yoghurt

Mix well

After the ivy gourd mix has cooled down, add the yoghurt with mustard into it

Do not add the yoghurt when the pachadi is too hot as the yoghurt may curdle

Add a pinch of sugar if required to balance the flavours.  

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