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Ivy Gourd Stir Fry

Ivy Gourd Stir fry is a simple shallow fry with ivy gourds and a handful of aromatic spices. This delicious bowl of crunchy and spicy Ivy gourd stir-fry jazzes up any boring meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Author: Padma


  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2 dry red chillies broken into 2 halves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 250 grams tender Ivy gourd wash, trim ends and cut into lengthwise strips
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Required salt
  • 1 onion sliced lengthwise
  • A sprig of curry leaves

For garlic chilli Powder:

  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 3 to 4 garlic pods with peel
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds


  • Heat oil in a wide skillet over medium heat.
  • Season with mustard seeds, cumin seeds and dry red chillies.
  • Once the mustard seeds splutter, add curry leaves.
  • Now add ivy gourd pieces, turmeric powder and required salt. Mix well.
  • Close the lid and cook, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the ivy gourd pieces turn slightly brown, add onions. It may take about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Sauté till the onions turn brown for about 5 minutes.
  • In the mean time prepare garlic chilli powder.
  • For this take all the ingredients under the section “For the garlic chilli powder “ in an electric blender and grind for a minute to a coarse powder. Use this powder in the next step.
  • Now add 1 teaspoon of the garlic chilli powder prepared in the above step to the fry and stir for another 5 minutes or until the desired crispiness is reached.
  • Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Serve with roti, chapathi, paratha or along with rice and sambar or rasam with a dollop of ghee.