Tindora with Spiced Onion

22 Jun

Dondakaya Ulli Karam.

Tindora or ivy gourd is one of the most common vegetables in India. Tindora is paired with onion in multiple ways. Here, onion is slightly warmed and ground into coarse paste along with roasted red chillies. This is added as a spicing to the fried tindora. Serve this quick tindora curry especially with roti or chapati.
Makes: 3 Servings


Tindora 20 – 25
Onion 1
Whole Red Chiles 3 – 4
Salt to taste


Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 6
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Wash, remove ends and chop ivy gourd into thin circles.
Wash, peel and finely chop onion.
Remove stems, and break red chiles.

Heat half a tsp of oil in a pan, add red chillies, roast them for few seconds and remove from heat.
Then add chopped onion to the same pan and remove from heat.
Cool and grind red chiles finely and onion coarsely.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add chopped tindora and salt.
Sprinkle a few tbsps of water and cook covered till tindora turns little soft.
Uncover, fry on medium flame till tindora starts to turn light brown around the edges.
Then add ground onion and red chile paste.
Stir fry for a minute or two until any rawness left on onion is gone and remove from heat.
Serve tindora with spiced onion over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Notes:Make sure not to grind onion into a paste and make sure onion is cooked well before removing from heat.

Suggestions: If tindora feels raw, add few tbsps of water and cook covered till done.
Variations:Other tindora recipes include Tindora with Onion, Ivy Gourd with Ginger etc…
Other Names:Tendli Fry, Kovakkai Fry.

3 Responses to “Tindora with Spiced Onion”

  1. Sneha KGF June 23, 2009 at 2:45 am #

    hi dear, before serving shall i spinkle some grated coconut over this spicy recipe?

  2. anusharaji June 23, 2009 at 7:35 am #

    i would say no. i never did that but you can give it a try and see if you like.

  3. kavitha June 29, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    i tried this recipe with frozen tindora today….came out pretty good…thanks for the recipe 🙂

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