South Indian Style Spicy Kovakkai Fry For Best Side Dish
By Jalaja Behara, Posted on 19/07/2020 - 3 Comments
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Ingredients of Kovakkai fry
STEP : 1
At first we have to cut the two ends of Tindooraa /Gherkins slightly. Then keep them in a vessel and pour 3/4ths glass of water and add 3-4 grams of Tamarind (about 1 and half inches). turmeric and salt to taste. Now cook it on a low flame for about 20 minutes to 25 minutes. till tindoora become tender.
STEP : 2
While the tindooraa are kept for cooking. meanwhile we can fry the masala. keep the pan on the stove. add 2 tsp oil. now add ground nuts first. And now add one by one all the masala ingredients. that is. bengalgram. black gram. jeera. dhania. red chillies and finally garlic. (small) half lemon size tamarind. and Onions. Fry them till the onions become tender.
STEP : 3
Now let the fried masala gets cool. Now look at the boiling tindoora and if they become tender. switch of the stove and take them in a plate to get them cool. Now take the fried masala in a mixy jar and grind as a paste. Check salt and spicyness of the paste. as the taste of the curry depends on it. Adjust the salt. and if you feel less spicy. you can add red chilli powder as per your taste.
STEP : 4
Now give slits longitudinally in the middle of the tindoora shown in the below picture. so as to fill the masala in to it. You have to fill the masala in the slits. Have to fill it half as if it comes out the masala will burn and tindooras remain unfried. You can see it in below image.
STEP : 5
Now you have to press filled tindooras to close the slit. Now take a flat pan or big pan to fry tindooras. Add sufficient oil for pan fry. That is about 3-4tbsp. Now add tindooras one by one in the oil carefully.
STEP : 6
Fry them in a low and medium flames adjusting the heat to fry without burning. Tilt the tindooras one by one carefully. Otherwise the masala inside will come out. Like wise time to time mix the by rolling or tilting till entire tindoora gets fried in oil.
STEP : 7
When the tindooras fried. add the remaining masala to the tindooras in the pan. If want less. you can add less masala. If you want more masala to mix in rice or for rotis. add more masala. It is to your taste and choice.
STEP : 8
Now mix the masala. so as to spread to all tindooras. Just fry for 5 minutes if you need gravy. (You can minimize the oil in gravy curry)Then add water and boil for 5 mts and add green coriander for further taste.
STEP : 9
If you want fry fry the tindoora at this stage for about 15- 20 minutes in low flame. till the water dry and fry till the whole masala becomes dry. You can add green chilli or green coriander in the last to enhance the flavor of the curry. if you like. Or you can skip this step.
STEP : 10
Now take the curry in a bowl. Garnish at your choice. Take rice in a plate and mix some curry in the rice along with tindoora and masala. Or can eat with roti or can use as side dish with rasam. sambar. curd rice.