Kovakka – Kaya Mezhukkupurathiyathu /Tindora with Raw Plantain Stir Fry

While working as a Health Counselor, I used to give diet advice to mostly elderly people, who refuses to change their menu pattern what so ever,
The only way was to ask them, fill their plate with the Veggie side dishes, with only little of rice,
the good amount of fibrous veggies in the plate gives a stomach-full feeling then.
I haven’t tried it anytime, now that I am in to it, trying hard to eat healthy, I realize how difficult it is to follow all diet rules.
I wait for the weekend to enjoy Brown rice (Matta) with some Naadan veggie’s sides – our comfort food, as we decided to have no rice during the weekdays šŸ˜¦Ā 
Not because rice is unhealthy but because we tend to eat more of it when compared to any bread that we otherwise have.
Kovakka (Tindora) is my favorite Vegetable, I love it when fried, since I had some Raw plantain, thought to mix it’em both as mixed vegetables always gives mixed nutrients.
Picture is not up to the mark I know ;(Ā 
but trust me this dish tastes good.
Kovakka / Tindora – 1/2 pound (slice lengthwise to thin pieces)
Raw Plantain/ Kaya – 1 medium sized (Slice length wise to thin pieces)
Green chili’s – 1 or 2 no’s slitĀ 
Onion – 1 medium sliced to thin piecesĀ 
Coconut pieces – 1/4 cup (Optional)Ā 
Oil – 1 TbspĀ 
Crushed Red chili – from 3 no’s (or else use crushed chili flakes)Ā 
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves – 1 springĀ 

* Cook plantain pieces in little water with salt and a pinch of turmeric added.Cook covered till the water dries off and the pieces are well cooked. Cook Kovakka/Tindora also like wise till cooked and water fully dried.
* Heat oil in an other pan, saute sliced onion and coconut pieces(if using) till they turn golden brown, add a pinch of turmeric powder , chili flakes & Curry leaves, stir and add the cooked vegetables (Tindora & Plantain)stir to combine , cook for 3 to 5 minuted in medium heat, switch off the heat.
* Serve with Rice.

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