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Crispy Kovaika / Ivy gourd fry

Hi friends, hope everyone had a great Father’s day celebration. I come today with a Crispy Kovaika / Ivy gourd fry.This recipe is so simple that only time it takes is to cut the veggies.
Kovaika / Ivy gourd is a humble vegetable. I am not sure how many know the health benefits of this vegetable. This is rich in Beta – carotene.Ivy gourds are sometimes recommended for diabetic patients. I haven’t used this vegetable while I was in India. But after coming to US, I saw a large number of Indians buy this while visiting Indian stores. So thought of giving a try.
Once I made a stir fry. Even though it was good but not surely a hit. But considering the health benefits of Ivy gourd I consider to try again in different way. This time I made it a crispy fry more similar to my Okra fry . This time it was a super hit. I tell this because my little son was eating it in side by side as I was making. When I turn to see the quantity getting less as I was making , it was my little one eating it quietly from the plate. At that time I made sure that it is a keeper. But next time to make it more healthier , I will try it cooking it in Oven.

Kovaika / Ivy gourd fry

This Crispy Kovaika / Ivy gourd fry requires only few ingredients. The only time consuming part is cutting the vegetable. Once it is done then everything can be done fast. The spices, you can adjust as per your needs. This Crispy Kovaika / Ivy gourd fry goes well with Sambar rice or Rasam rice or Curd rice. Or you can eat it as a snack as my son do…lol.

You can see similar fry recipes

Cauliflower Pepper fry

Okra fry

Brinjal / Egg plant fry

Potato fry

Simple fish fry


Kovaika / Ivy gourd – 2 cups cut into thin strips

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 1/4 tsp

Chaat Masala – 1/4 tsp

Besan / Chickpea flour – 3/4 cup

Rice flour – 2 tsp

Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp

Oil – to deep fry

Salt – as required


  • Mix all ingredients except oil in a bowl.

  • Keep aside for 10 minutes.
  • In a deep fry pan, add required oil to deep fry.
  • When the oil is hot enough , fry the Ivy gourd mixture in batches till golden brown.
  • Serve warm.


  1. This should be served warm. If cooled down, will become soggy.
  2. Adjust spice powders as per your taste.
Kovaika / Ivy gourd fry

Crispy Kovaika /Ivy gourd fry

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Lathiya Shanmugasundaram


  • 2 cups Kovaika/Ivy gourd cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp Chaat masala
  • 3/4 cup Besan /Chickpea flour
  • 2 tsp Rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt as required
  • Oil To deep fry


  • Mix all ingredients except oil in a bowl.
  • Keep aside for 10 minutes.
  • In a deep fry pan, add required oil to deep fry.
  • When the oil is hot enough , fry the Ivy gourd mixture in batches till golden brown.
  • Serve warm.


  1. This should be served warm. If cooled down, will become soggy.
  2. Adjust spice powders as per your taste.  


Kovaika / Ivy gourd fry


Kovaika / Ivy gourd fry



  1. I usually follow these steps with bhindi never thought to try with ivy gourd. I really like your easy and simple recipes which can be tried daily.. thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you so much dear 😊.. Actually that is my goal, to make sure that recipies should be easy to follow and make. Glad you liked it 😊. Thank you again 😊

  2. I usually make it in circles…but not with rice flour and lemon juice…of course I will add an extra taste…will try..thank you

    1. You can always add or decrease ingredients as per your needs..love to see your version tool..do let me know when you try

  3. I have no clue what Ivy Gourd is? It’s not bitter gourd is it? But I like the sound if the recipe

    1. It’s not bitter gourd. But it’s mostly compared with it. It have various names Tindora/ Dondakai.. you can Google it for more info.. Thank you 😊

  4. OOhhhhh I love this…but haven’t had this for years now! Wonder if I will get it here in Dublin! Looks so appetizing Lathiya! 😀

    1. Thank you dear..I wish you can find it in some Indian stores for you to try..Let me know if you get it..

  5. Never tried fry using kovaika. Usually do fries with okra and other veges. Nice recipe. Will try this when I get kovaika.

    1. Thank you Dimple..Do try ..you will love it ..Let me know when you try

  6. This is one of my favorites – so yumm dear 🙂

  7. I have always used kovaika in stir fries and curries, but have never fried them like bhindi kurkuri!! Must try this soon when I get tender ones 🙂 🙂 Good share dear 🙂

    1. Do try and let me know how it goes… Thank you 😊

  8. I never tried this with ivy gourd. Looks delicious.

  9. I have never tried fried tindora, only made sabji with it. fried ones sounds delicious

    1. This is addictive too.. thank you 😊

  10. Wow.. nice and crunchy.. I always make only dry sabzi. I will try this fried version too.

  11. Never thought of this veggies as fries have always made sabzi of it , your recipe sounds interesting and if paired with simple dal chawal it would be a treat for sure, will try soon.

  12. Wow, those ivy gourd fry are too tempting, quite an interesting dish and definitely a must try. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Always love eating ivy gourd😊
    Happy to try out a new recipe. Lovely pics😊

  14. I love this veggie. Though I dont deep fry this, which by the way is far more delicious just like yours, I make a stir fry or a Rice dish in Maharashtrian style using goda masala which is equally delicious. I bet this is highly addictive, and imagine why your kiddo couldnt stop munching while you were frying these. haha.

    1. Haha..true…as icing on the cake after finish eating he was asking ‘is that finish, how?’. Just imagine how long I took to slit those vegetable and he finished munching and shooting this question to me😆😉..but as a mom I’m happy my kiddo loved it…I will try your way too one day… Thank you dear 😊

  15. I love Ivy gourd and I am the only one who eat this veggie at home.. I should try this way. I am sure, my family loves it. Will try soon !

    1. Thank you dear 😊.. will be glad if you liked it

  16. These look so lovely and crispy that they are making me hungry. A lovely recipe that would make a great accompaniment to a main dish.

    1. True..it’s so addictive.. Thank you 😊

  17. That ivy gourd fry looks sooo crispy and tempting. I think my family will love this inviting dish.

  18. Wow they looks soo yummy and crispy. Have some tindora at home, will try ur recipe today.

    1. That’s great…let me know if you like it.. thank you 😊

  19. Will try this one soon…looks crisp and irresistible..Thanks for sharing such an easy-to-make recipe

    1. Thank you 😊 glad you liked it..let me know how it turns

  20. Wow, this looks delicious. I love to the idea of frying them. Will try doing it in the air fryer n will update you.

    1. Wow..that sounds great.. love to hear your feedback.. Thank you 😊

  21. sapana

    I love ivy gourd and this crispy fried ivy gourd looks so yummy, I can finish it without any roti.

    1. Actually my son did that..lol… Thank you dear 😊

  22. One of my favorite vegetable. I often cook this and i will serve with rice or chapathi. Your recipe looks delicious.

  23. This is one of my fav way of including kovakai in my food..

    1. Happy to know we have same taste 😊

  24. Bhawana

    Tindora fry has come out nicely. Texture looking very crispy and I think this can be a snack instead of french fries. Perfecto

    1. Ya..me too liked more as a snack… Thank you dear 😊

  25. wow I was looking for a different Ivy gourd recipe ,and here comes your recipe, loved the texture of Tindoora, Will try this way.

    1. Let me know how it turns ☺..thank you dear

  26. I love ivy gourd, but have never tried the crispy version. Your photos of the preparation is tempting me to try this recipe out soon.

    1. Do try it out 😊.. you will love it.. thank you

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