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Tindora with Peanuts

28 Oct

Dondakaya Veru Senaga Pappu Kura.

Peanuts make a good addition to the tindora. Here, tindora or ivy gourd is steamed till just soft. Oil is tempered with spices and cooked tindora is briefly fried in it along with ginger garlic paste and green chiles. Roasted peanuts are crushed coarsely and added to the fried tindora along with red chilli powder.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Tindora with Peanuts.


Tindora / Ivy Gourd 20 app.
Roasted Peanuts 1/2 Cup
Green Chiles 2
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 10
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Wash tindora thoroughly and remove little bit of both ends and make slits vertically twice with one end of tindora still intact. Take care not to cut tindora into quarters.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Coarsely grind the roasted peanuts using a grinder or pestle.

Bring to boil few cups of water, add tindora and few pinches of salt.
Boil till tindora turns soft but still holding its shape.
Alternatively, steam or deep fry the tindora till soft.
Strain the tindora and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan on medium heat, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
Add the cooked tindora into the pan and fry till skin of tindora turn light brown.
Add ginger garlic paste and sliced green chiles.
Fry for another couple of minutes and stir in peanuts, red chilli powder and salt.
Mix everything thoroughly and occasionally scrape the bottom of the pan to avoid scorching.
Remove from heat and serve tindora with peantus over plain steamed rice.
Notes:Make sure tindora is perfectly cooked before adding to the tempering.

Suggestions:If tindora is undercooked, sprinkle few tbsps of water in the pan and cook covered on low flame till tindora turns soft.
Variations: Also add half a tsp of cumin and a tsp of coriander powder. Finely chopped cilantro can also be added just before removing the tindora from heat.
Other Names: Veru Senagappapu Gutti Donakaya, Whole Tendli with Roasted Peanuts, Tindli Moongfali.