I had some fresh tender, plump, dondakayalu (tendli, tindora, kovakkai, ivy gourd) that I had picked up from the rythu bazaar (Farmers Market) this morning. I prepared quite a few varieties with this nutritious vegetable (I’m an ivy gourd fan!) especially stir fries and today, I decided to make a stuffed dry saute with them and came up with this recipe. All you have to do is stuff the tindora and saute them in a tempering base till soft yet with a bit of crunch.
We enjoyed the stir fry with its well balanced flavors. Another variation, give a tangy twist by squeezing some fresh lemon juice towards the end of cooking process.
1/4 kg dondakaayalu/tindora/ivy gourd, trim ends, make + slit till three fourth of dondakaya
2 onions, very finely chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp chilli pwd (adjust)
3/4 tsp coriander pwd
big pinch cumin pwd
1/4 tsp saunf pwd (fennel seeds)
1 1/4 tbsp peanuts, coarsely powdered
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
salt to taste
1 tsp mustard seeds
1" cinnamon stick
1 tbsp split black gram dal (urad dal/minapappu)
few fresh curry leaves
1 tbsp oil
Method for making Dondakaya Vepudu
Combine all the ingredients for stuffing. Stuff the + slit dondakayalu with the stuffing mixture and keep aside.
Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter, followed by the urad dal, let the dal turn red. Add the curry leaves and cinnamon stick and saute for a few seconds.
Add the stuffed dondakayalu (if any stuffing is left over add it too). Cook on medium heat, turn once in a while for 6-7 mts.
Reduce flame, cover with lid and cook. Once in a while, stir the dondakayalu such that they cook all over. Remove lid after 15 mts. Continue to stir fry for a few more mts till the dondakayalu are soft yet have a bit of crunch.
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