May 12, 2016

Ivy Gourd Rice / Kovakai Satham / Lunchbox Recipe

If you are looking for an easy lunchbox recipe as we are heading towards school reopening days. Then check it out this yummy and tasty rice. The major task for all mommies is to decide on their kids meals which should be simple and also healthy. This Ivy gourd rice is a tasty and flavorful dish which is prepared using ivy gourd, coconut, peanuts etc. The freshly ground masala enhance the flavor of this rice and also nutritious for kids as it contains peanuts. The mild sweetness from coconut and peanuts gives a delicious taste which will be loved by kids. Adjust the quantity of fresh and dry chillies according to taste bud. This rice can be served with raita or papad or any veggies.

Ingredients :

1 - 1/2 Cups Cooked Rice 
12 - 15 Kovakai / Ivy gourd, cut into small roundels
1 Tbsp Oil 
1/2 Tsp Cumin / Jeera seeds
2 Tbsp Peanuts 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
2 Onions, Sliced 
2 Green chillies, sliced
3 Springs of Curry leaves 
Salt to taste 
Coriander leaves for garnishing

To roast and grind :

1/4 Cup Coconut, grated 
2 Tbsp Peanuts ( skin removed ) 
4 - 5 Dry red chillies (adjust according to taste bud )

 Method :

Dry roast the given ingredients in "To roast and grind" and grind it into fine powder without adding water.

Once done, transfer it to a bowl and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds followed by peanuts, curry leaves and sliced onions.

Saute till the onions turns translucent and add the chopped ivy gourds.

Now add turmeric powder followed by 1 tbsp of water.

Simmer the flame, cover it with a lid and cook till the veggies gets 3/4th cooked.

Add the ground masala along with the required amount of salt and cook it again till the mixture turns dry.

Add the cooked rice and mix well without breaking the rice.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve hot with raita or any veggies.