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Spicy Onion Stuffed Tendli

9 Jul

Ullipaya Karam Gutti Dondakaya.

Tindora is either boiled in water or steamed till just cooked. Onion is coarsely ground along with powdered lentils and spices. It is then cooked in oil and is then stuffed inside cooked tindora. Oil is tempered with spices and stuffed tindora is briefly fried. Serve spicy onion stuffed tendli with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: 15 – 20 Spicy Onion Stuffed Tendli.


Tindora 15 – 20
Salt to taste
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 4
Oil 1/2 tsp


Onion 1
Urad Dal 2 Tbsps
Whole Red Chiles 3 – 4
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Wash tindora thoroughly and remove little bit of both ends and make a slit vertically with one end of tindora still intact.
Take care not to cut tindora into halves.
Peel and roughly chop onion.

In a small pan, add urad dal and fry on low flame till it turns golden brown in color.
Remove urad dal onto a bowl.
Add few drops of oil in the same pan, add cumin seeds and broken red chiles.
Fry for few seconds and remove from heat.

First grind cumin seeds, urad dal and red chiles into fine powder and remove onto a bowl.
Grind chopped onion into coarse paste along with above spice powder and salt.
Heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add onion mixture and fry for around 5 minutes or until rawness of onion is gone.
Remove the onion stuffing onto a bowl for later use.

Bring to boil few cups of water, add tindora and few pinches of salt.
Boil till tindora turns soft still holding its shape.
Alternatively, steam or deep fry the tindora till soft.
Strain the tindora and carefully stuff the coarsely ground onion paste in each tindora.

Heat oil in a pan on medium low heat, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
Slowly place the stuffed tindora in hot pan along with any leftover onion stuffing and a pinch of salt.
Fry stuffed tindora on all sides till they turn light golden brown.
Occasionally scrape the bottom of the pan to avoid scorching if necessary.
Serve spicy onion stuffed tendli with steamed rice or with roti.
Notes:Make sure tindora is not overcooked.

Suggestions: If tindora is undercooked, sprinkle few tbsps of water in the pan and cook covered on low flame till tindora turns soft.
Variations:Besan Stuffed Tindora, Spicy Tindora etc…
Other Names: Gutti Donakaya Ulli Karam, Spicy Onion Stuffed Tendli.