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Feb 22, 2012

Kovaikkai Pirattal (Tindora Fry)

Coccinia grandis, the ivy gourd, also known as baby watermelon, little gourd or gentleman's toes is a tropical vine. Coccinia grandis' native range extends from Africa to Asia including India. This medicine fruits have been used to treat leprosy, fever, asthma, bronchitis and jaundice. Some countries in Asia like Thailand prepare traditional tonic like drinks for medicinal purposes.
Tindora can be cooked as a subzi all by itself or mixed with other vegetables like potato.
This Pirrattal recipe  is very famous from Chettinad Cuisine. You can serve with rice or chapatti

Inngredients :
Tindora -                                           500 gms / 1 pound
Potato -                                            2no
Red, green, Orange Bell peppers -        1 no each
Tomato                                             1 no
Jeera –                                             ½ tsp
 Salt                                                 to taste
Oil                                                   for frying
Grinding ingredients:
 Fresh Grated Coconuts –                   6 tbsp.
 Red Chilies -                                   10 no
 Poppy Seeds                         -         2 tsp
 Aniseed (Fennel)                             1 tbsp.
Turmeric Powder                              ½ tsp.
Chutney dhal (Pottukadalai)             1 tsp.
Curry leaves -                                  few  

  • Grind  all grinding ingredients to make a coarse paste without adding water. Keep aside
  •  Peel the potatoes, and slice thinly.
  • Cut all bell peppers, Tindora  into thin lengthy pieces. Cut tomatoes into pieces.
  • Microwave the potatoes and tindora for 4 to 5 minutes.
  •  Heat the oil and add green curry leaves and jeera.
  • Add potatoes, Tindora, bell peppers into it.   Shallow Fry the vegetables at the medium flame. Cover it and cook it for few minutes.
  • Remove the lid , add tomato and salt.  Mix it well.
  • Now add grinded paste. Turn over the mixture well. Fry for few minutes in very low flame.
  • Fry till the good smell come out.
  • Tindora Pirattal can be served as accompaniment to rice, Chappati.

Kovaikkai Pirrattal

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