Tindora with Chana Dal Stuffing

2 Dec

Senagapappu Podem Tho Gutti Dondakaya.

Tindora is either boiled in water or steamed till cooked. Stuffing is made by roasted chana dal with other spices and grinding into fine powder. The powder is then stuffed into the boiled tindora. Oil is tempered with couple of spices and stuffed tindora is fried for a minute as a final step.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Stuffed Tindora Curry.


Tindora 15 – 20
Chana Dal 4 – 5 tbsps
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Whole Red Chiles 3 – 4
Garlic 5 Cloves
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tsps


Chana Dal 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 6
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.
Peel and roughly chop garlic cloves.

Heat tsp of oil in a pan, add chana dal and fry till it is light golden brown.
Then stir in broken dried red chiles and cumin seeds.
Fry for another minute and remove from heat.
Cool and grind the roasted ingredients into fine powder with enough salt.
Take the ground stuffing powder in a bowl, mix with a tsp of oil and keep aside.

Bring to boil a small cup of water, add tindora and few pinches of salt.
Boil till tindora turns soft while still holding its shape.
Alternatively, steam the tindora till just soft.
Strain the tindora and carefully stuff the prepared stuffing inside each tindora and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add stuffed tindora and chopped garlic cloves.
Fry for a minute or two and remove from heat.
Serve this tindora curry with plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure not to overcook tindora to the point of mushy.

Suggestions: If tindora still feels raw, cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: You can also cook the tindora in microwave until soft. You can also grind the garlic cloves along with the roasted chana dal. Also check out Onion Stuffed Tindora, Tindora with Carom Seeds.
Other Names: Tindora with Chana Dal Stuffing, Chana Dal Powder Stuffed Tendli, Senagapappu Podem Tho Gutti Dondakaya, Stuffed Ivy Gourd.

2 Responses to “Tindora with Chana Dal Stuffing”

  1. Jayashree December 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    Simple Yet appetizing side dish !

  2. Raji January 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    oh ya. its a lovely dish. thx

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