Ivygourd referred as kovaikkai in Tamil, tindori in Hindi, Coccinia indica as its biological name has immense health benefits. It is considered to be a natural remedy for diabetes as it controls certain enzymes that involves sugar production. It has its own place in Ayurveda also.
Ivygourd with its unique taste is cooked in various ways as curry, gravy, and in puli kulambu. Here I give a simple recipe with Ivygourd.
Rinse the vegetable and cut into slender round pieces. Peel the onion, rinse it off and chop it into small pieces. Heat oil in tava, spurt mustard seeds, urad dal and then saute onion. Add salt, pepper powder, chilli powder mix well and add the vegetable. Again mix well and simmer the stove closing the lid. Stir then and then till the vegetable is cooked.
The poriyal goes well with curd rice, rice with rasam and chapathi also.
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