Saturday, 9 February 2013

Kovakka ( Ivy gourd) fry | I am back in full oomph | Kukskitchen

It has been an eventful few weeks (months) in my life and I have come out a happy bunny. I certainly have many to thank for. :-) Now, I am back in the blogging world with full oomph.

I have recently also started to contribute to a food column in my college newsletter UK alumni edition. Please check them out here folks.

Now,back to business!

Does deep-fried veggie count towards your five-a-day? May be not, but who cares! They taste so yummy that way.

Deep-fried veggies was something I was introduced to when I got married. My MIL is, and more so her mum was, an expert in that field, says my FIL :-) My dear D is not surprisingly a fan of deep fried veggies especially the likes of kovakka ( ivy gourd), vendakka (okra, lady's finger) and pavakka (bitter gourd). A simple marinade is all that is needed to lift these humble veggies to worthy of centre stage. I very rarely deep fry them as even the thought of deep frying gives me chest pains :-)

Here is how I ( actually my MIL) makes them

Ingredients for the marinade:

Chilli powder
Turmeric powder

Adjust quantities to your taste.


- Thinly slice your veggie either into rounds or to long ovals. Make sure your portions are of similar thickness for an even crisp result.
- Marinate for about 10 minutes and deep fry them till golden brown.
- Serve hot with warm boiled rice and yogurt.


- My MIL fries her veggies with a handful of slices onions and a sprig of curry leaves for that extra flavour.

For more info on your five-a-day, go to the NHS choices website here.


Sherin Deepu


  1. looks crispy and yummy..

  2. Welcome back Sherin....glad to have u back here....

  3. Spicy Tofu & chickpeas curry recipe also looks great..:)!

  4. Thank you very much dear friends.

  5. Oh wow...super yummy delicious... :-)


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An excited mum, a  responsible doctor , a friend's friend , a thankful daughter, a thankful sister and a passionate singer,  an enthusiastic cook, food writer and food photographer . That's me in a nut shell.

A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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