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Dondakaya curry / Kovakai curry

Priya Satheesh
15 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
2 People
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ABOUT Dondakaya curry / Kovakai curry RECIPE

This is a tasty and flavorful curry which is very popular in Andhra and Telangana state. This curry can be served with pappu and rice.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Simmering
  • Sauteeing
  • Side Dishes

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. 30 Dondakaya / Ivy gourd / Kovakai, sliced
  2. 2 tbsp Oil
  3. 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  4. 1/2 tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
  5. 1 tbsp Groundnuts / peanuts
  6. 1 tsp Urad dal
  7. A pinch of Hing
  8. 2 Onions, sliced
  9. 2 Green chillies, sliced
  10. 3 Springs of Curry leaves
  11. 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  12. 1 tsp red Chilli powder
  13. 1/2 tsp Cumin / Jeera powder
  14. 1 tsp Coriander powder
  15. Salt to taste
  16. To roast and grind :
  17. 1/4 cup Coconut pieces, finely chopped
  18. 1 tsp Sesame seeds
  19. 1 tbsp Ground nuts


  1. Dry roast and grind the given ingredients. Make a fine paste by adding a little water. Keep aside
  2. Heat oil in a pan / kadai and add mustard seeds.
  3. Once it starts spluttering, add jeera seeds followed by peanuts, curry leaves, urad dal and hing powder.
  4. Fry and add the sliced onions along with green chillies.
  5. Saute till the color of onions changes into light brown and add the sliced ivy gourd pieces.
  6. Mix well and cook it for a couple of minutes.
  7. Now add the masala powders (Turmeric, Chilli, Coriander and Jeera ) along with the required amount of salt.
  8. Cook it for a minute and add 2 tbsp of water.
  9. Cover the pan and cook till the vegetables get cooked and turn dry.
  10. Add the coconut paste and mix well.
  11. Cook it again for 5 minutes or till the paste blends well with the vegetables.
  12. Once done, remove from the flame and serve with hot rice.

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