Kovakka-Peechinga Sambhar (Ivy Gourd-Ridge gourd Sambhar)

Sambhar is quite popular in south Indian cuisine and it is prepared using daal and various vegetables like shallots,ladies finger, brinjal and drumsticks.But this one is prepared using Ivy gourd and Ridge gourd,both veggies are nutritious and good source of fiber.This curry can be  served with iddly,dosa or Rice.



  1. Toor dal(Parippu) – 100 gms
  2. Kovakka(tindora/Ivy gourd,cut lengthwise) – 100gm
  3. Peechinga(Ridge Gourd/Turai,cut into 1/2” lengthwise) – 100 gms
  4. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  5. Coriander powder – 2tbsp
  6. Red chilly powder – 2 tbsp
  7. Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  8. Cumin seeds(jeerakam) – 1/4 tsp
  9. Tomato (medium,chopped) – 1
  10. Shallots- 6
  11. Tamarind – size of a gooseberry
  12. Sambhar Masala – 2 tsp
  13. Curry leaves
  14. salt
  15. Coconut oil
  16. Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  17. Dry red chilly –2
  18. Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp




  1. Pressure cook daal with 1 sprig curry leaf,turmeric powder and 2 shallots.
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan.Roast grated coconut,red chilly powder,coriander powder ,cumin seeds,shallots (4),curry leaves till coconut turns brown in color.Grind it into a fine paste.
  3. Once daal is cooked well, open the lid and add the veggies and salt.
  4. Let it cook and once the vegetables are cooked well,add tamarind mixed with 1/2 cup of water to it. Mix well.
  5. Once tamarind is boiled well,add chopped tomato,Sāmbhar masala powder and coconut paste.mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove from fire.
  7. For seasoning,heat oil in a pan.Splutter mustard seeds,once it is done add red chilly and fenugreek seeds.Add it to the curry.
  8. Garnish with Curry leaves.
  9. Serve with Rice.


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