Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tindora Rice-Ivy Gourd Rice-Dondakaya Annam-Kovakkai Sadam

This is a very simple and delicious rice dish prepared with Ivy gourd. Ivy Gourd is known as kovakkai in Tamil, dondakaya in Telugu and kundroo/tendli in Hindi, tondekayi in Kannada and kovaykka in Malayalam. Ivy gourd is rich in beta-carotene and fiber. You can make a variety of dishes using kovakkai. You can make tindora fry, tindora curry, chutney and even sambar with tindora. Today we will see how to make Tindora rice/Dondakaya annam following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Tindora Rice-Kovakkai Sadam-Dondakaya annam

Tindora Rice-Ivy Gourd Rice-Dondakaya Pulao-Kovakkai Sadam

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryRice Dish-Lunch-Main Course
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Basmati Rice - 1 cup
   Onion - 1
   Ivy Gourd/Tindora - 250 grams / 1/4 kg
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt needed
   Fresh Lemon juice - 2 tsp (optional)

   Masala Paste - Fry and Grind

   Oil - 3/4 tsp
   Cumin seeds (jeera) - 1 tsp
   Red Chillies - 5
   Garlic cloves - 5
   Pearl onions - 10
   Grated coconut - 2 tbsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 3 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Curry Leaves - a sprig

   For garnishing

   Fresh Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Wash and soak basmati rice for 30 minutes in 2 cups of water. Cook rice in a pan with lid until rice is soft. Fluff it with a fork and keep it aside. If you are a beginner, check out how to cook basmati rice.

Wash, cut off the ends and slice tindora thinly lengthwise. Cut onions also lengthwise and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add red chillies, garlic and chopped pearl onions (small onions). When onions turn transparent, add grated coconut and saute for a few more minutes. Remove from heat. Once it cools, grind it to a paste. This is the masala for this dish.


Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutter, add thinly sliced onions, curry leaves and saute until onions turn transparent.

masala preparation for kovakkai rice

Add thinly sliced ivy gourd, turmeric powder, salt needed and cook covered until ivy gourd becomes tender. Stir in between for even cooking.

Then add the masala paste and cook well for another 5 minutes stirring on medium heat.

preparation for Dondakaya rice/annam

Then add the cooked rice, lemon juice and mix gently. Garnish with coriander leaves.

how to make kovakkai sadam

Serve with any raitha, papads or any gravy of your choice. This dish can be packed for office and school lunchbox also.

How to pick/buy Tindora - When buying tindora, select small one which are slender and bright green in color. Do not buy matured ivy gourds as they are mostly ripe and red in color. But in case, if the ivy gourd you buy tends to be red in color, do not throw it, use it for making tindora chutney.

More Tindora (kovakkai) Recipes

Tindora Chutney

Tindora Fry

Tindora Curry

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  1. Never tried rice dish with tindora..looks yumm

  2. I tried this today. It was yummy. Thank u for the recipe :-)

  3. Hi Padhu, will it be okay if I try cooking the rice alone with tindora? I usually do this with many other rice items since it is easier for me to cook it this way , also easier to mix uncooked rice with the curry.

  4. Padhu, Can we replace the pearl onions mentioned under "To fry and grind" with 1 big onion ?
    Thanks !

    1. Thanks for the reply Padhu. I made this rice and it turned out super tasty !
      Found it unique from usual rice dishes.
      Thanks for sharing yet another delicious recipe !

  5. Tried this and it turned out to be a hit .. thnx for the recipe

  6. i am not an inspired cook and your recipes really help me ! a big thanks for this kovakkai rice recipie too .. i keep using it time and again and enjoying time and again

  7. Instead of lemon can v add curd


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