Kovakka peera

Kovakka peera

Kovakka or ivy gourd is a nutrient-packed vegetable that is abundantly grown in our backyards. The versatile ingredient can be cooked as a peera with spiced grated coconut. Interestingly, this dish could be the perfect replacement for the classic fish peera. Check out the very simple recipe of ivy gourd peera.


½ kg ivy gourd (thinly sliced)

10 shallots (sliced)

½ coconut (grated)

4 green chillies

1 piece ginger

1 tsp chilli powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

2 sprigs curry leaves

2 dried chillies

Malabar tamarind as required (soaked in 1 cup water)


Crush the grated coconut with ginger and keep it aside

Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds and dried chillies

Sauté curry leaves and shallots

Now add the sliced ivy gourd

Add the crushed coconut-ginger mix as well

Mix well

Into it add the tamarind water

Give everything a good mix

Cook for 5 minutes with the lid on

Do not forget to stir occasionally.  

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