Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tindora / Ivy Gourd / Little Watermelon / Gentleman's Toes / Kovakkai is quite a tasty vegetable. I first tasted this when my mother in law made it and have never had it before. I loved the taste and started preparing it by cooking it as a side dish with onions and spices. When I started making the okra fry, both I and my husband loved it. My husband ate a hearty quantity of okra for the first time and I tried to prepare Tindora in the same way and it turned out to be a big hit. So I started preparing Tindora in this way more regularly. It is exactly the same recipe of Okra fry with Tindora in place of the okra.

Here is the recipe..

Serves 2

Ingredients :

Ingredients :
Tindora - 1/2 kg
Onion - 2 medium finely chopped
Garlic - 10 cloves
Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon or as per taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Whole dry red chilli - 3
Curry leaves - 8
Oil - 3 Tablespoons

Method :
1. Wash and dry Tindora. Chop the top and tail ends then cut each vertically into 4 pieces.

2. In a cooking vessel heat oil and reduce to medium flame.
3. Add mustard seeds and once they splutter add cumin seeds.
4. Add curry leaves, dried red chillies and garlic cloves.
5. Fry for about a minute and then add onions.
6. Fry the onions till they turn translucent.
7. Add tindora, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
8. Stir for 3-4 minutes. Reduce flame to low.
9. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt and let it cook 5 minutes stirring regularly.
10. Reduce the flame to low and keep frying till tindora turns soft and a little brown. Make sure not to burn. Roast for about 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy Tindora fry.

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