Talking about kovakka it's got a low glycemic index and is low in calories.
Also called tindora, kundri, kundru, kowai, kovai, tindla, gentleman's toes (compare lady's fingers), thainli or ivy gourd, is a tropical vine grown for its small edible fruits. May be eaten immature and green, or mature and deep red. (source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
1/2 tsp - Crushed red chili flakes
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
3 medium size - Shallots, diced
1 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 sprig - Curry leaves
Sesame oil as required
Salt to taste
1 ) In a nonstick pan heat oil, add mustard. After the mustard pops, add curry leaves and shallots. Fry shallots lightly. Then add cut kovakka, salt to taste, stir and mix. Sprinkle some water on the kovakka. Put a tight lid on the pan and cook on a very slow heat for 2 to 3 mintues, till kovakka is cooked.