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Friday, February 8, 2013

Tindora Masala Fry | Dondakaya Masala Vepudu |Thondekai Palya

Tindora Masala Fry is a favorite at home.  I pan fry the tindora with onion. This way of cooking caramelizes the vegetable. Then I spice it up with garlic, onion, coconut, coriander leaves, garam masala and red chilly powder. The sweet flavor of onion and tindora with all the spices works beautifully. A very simple recipe, but definitely big in flavors.
  1. Tindora ( Dondakaya / Thondekai)- about 25 to 30\
  2. Large Onion- 1 chopped small
  3. Medium Garlic cloves- 3
  4. Dry/fresh grated coconut- 2 tbsps
  5. Two handfuls of fresh coriander leaves
  6. Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
  7. Red chilly powder to taste
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Lemon juice to taste and
Tempering Ingredients:
Oil- 3 tsps
Chana dal- 1 tsp
Urad dal- 1/ tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4th tsp
A pinch of hing
  1. Wash the tindora, cut the edges, slit  lengthwise and then cut to small pieces. Cutting tindora does test your patience, but its worth the end result.   
  2. Now take a wide skillet ( I use a non stick  pan)add the oil, followed by mustard seeds, Chana dal and cumin seeds. Fry for few seconds. Then add the curry leaves and onion. Fry for five minutes.
  3. Add the cut tindora, salt and turmeric powder. Close the lid and cook in a low flame stirring in between.
  4. While the tindora is cooking, take a mortar add the garlic cloves, coconut and coriander leaves and Grind  them.
  5. When the tindora is almost cooked, add the ground mixture, garam  masala, red chilly powder and tiny bit of sugar.  Cook for aother ten minutes in a low flame.
  6. At the end of the cooking tindora should be no moisture or wetness to the vegetable.
  7. Adjust the salt and finally add the lemon juice.

Serve the tindora masala fry with hot brown/white rice or chapathi or oats palak paratha.
Tip: If you want to fasten the cooking process, cook the tindora in microwave for few minutes. Then finish the rest of the cooking on the stove top.
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  1. Wow madhu tempting dear :) nice clicks too

  2. Tindora is my mom favorite. will try this for her. yum

  3. I love these so tempting madhu.

  4. Love to know that Tindora can be transformed into such a variety of interesting stir fry,like the recipe madhu.
    Sai Padmapriya

  5. lovely recipe and tempting me :) happy to follow you dear :) chk my space when you have time :)

  6. Hi Madhu, this is my first visit here saw ur potato sandwich post in Divy's place....love ur blog...

  7. Nice delectable clicks sis :) Loved the masala too :)


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