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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kovaikka Sambhar/ Tindora sambhar

I love south Indian cuisine a lot so i try all south indian cuisines at home even my H loves south indian poriyals rasam , sambhar . Sambhar rice is one of  our favorite and for today i wanted to share this delicious sambhar which my neighbor used to make often in chennai and i just loved the aroma of it . 

This an delicious lentil soup from Tamil nadu  with Ivy gourd in it makes it more flavorful and tasty . Any sambhar when made with different veggies in it taste different so i tried my hand with tindora / kovaikkai in tamil . Lets move on to this delicious  and our family fav  recipe :) 


Toor dal – 1 cup
Kovakkai (tindora/Ivy gourd,cut lengthwise) –  
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Coriander/ dhania powder – 1 tbsp
Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
Sambhar pd - 2 tsp (adjust according to your taste)
Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Tomato (medium,chopped) – 1
Dry Red chilli - 2-3 Nos
Shallots- 6
Tamarind – size of a gooseberry (soaked in warm water and squeeze out the tamrind extract)
Curry leaves - 2 sprig
salt to taste
oil - 2 tbsp
Dry red chilly –2 nos
Coriander leaves (chopped ) - For garinsh


  • Pressure cook dal with turmeric powder and chopped tomatoes.
  • Once dal is cooked well, open the lid  and mash them nicely.
  • Add some water to the dal about 1/2 cup or so to make them thin and also add tamarind extract and mix them.
  • In pan heat oil , add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, Dry red chilli, curry leaves after the splutter add shallots and saute till transparent 
  •  Then comes Kovaikka/Tindora, add and   saute for a while add the red chilli , turmeric , dhania,sambhar  pd , salt and mix them well  sprinkle some water .
  • Now add the sauteed veggie to dal and mix them .
  • Now boil the sambhar in medium heat till kovaikka / tindora gets cooked and are mashable.
  • Add  sufficient amount of water to make the sambhar thiner if you want don't make it too thin  .
  • Once the Kovaikai are done switch off the flame, Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves  and serve this piping hot sambhar with steamed rice and cabbage poriyal .

Sending to Potluck party JCO and Nivedhanam

Tamizhar samayal Tuesday whose brain child is +nalini suresh . Am so happy make this sambhar for first tuesday of this new event where we have to share tamil nadu cuisines every 2nd and 4 th tuesday in a month. 

Sending To  Gujarati zaika

Sending To Cutchi kitchen


  1. Never tried sambar with kovakkai, looks interesting and delicious.

  2. sambaar with kovakka.. interesting.. i mostly make a thoran with it.. will try sambaar next time:)..thanks for sharing manjula

  3. super sambar and love it dear...

  4. A perfect comfort food. Thanks for sharing

    on-going event: healthy breakfast

  5. Fingerlicking sambar, love the spread, feel like inviting myself to ur place.

  6. wow!!it makes me mouthwatering

  7. Tempting sambar dear.......

  8. wow very fantastic sambhar... i love this much da...

  9. Sambar with Kovakkai is new to me, but it sounds and looks super delicious.

  10. Tindora Sambar sounds interesting..Thanks for sharing...

  11. Lovely blog.... and sambhar loooks so divine...

  12. Delicious sambar dear :) looks superb

  13. Thanks for linking this to my giveaway

  14. Haven't tried kovakkai in sambar, looks delicious...will try it sometime soon :)
    inviting pics there!

  15. Manjula ..i cooked this and blogged about it here....Such a yummy sambhar...thank you for this delicious recipe


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