Dondakaya Annam ~ Tindora (Ivy Gourd) Rice



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Dondakaya Annam with Aloo Kurma

Dondakaya aka Tindora/Tendli is available all round the year and is a regular in our kitchen. I made a simple and comforting rice dish featuring dondakaya as the star ingredient. The combination of dondakaya and fresh coconut is eternally comforting especially as a stir fry. Perfumed with whole garam masala, spiced with green chilies, sweetened with coconut, Dondakaya rice recipe is jazzed up with a squeeze of fresh lemon and brightened with fresh coriander. All you tindora haters, I encourage you to try Tindora rice which is sure to get your tastebuds dancing.

I served the Tindora rice with our favorite Aloo kurma, the recipe of which I will post soon. Its a slightly different version of the Aloo Kurma recipe I posted earlier.

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Tindora Rice

Dondakaya Annam ~ Tindora (Ivy Gourd) Rice

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  • Serves: 5

Main Ingredients:

  1. Dondakaya
  2. Basmati Rice
  3. Garam Masala

Ingredients

  • Basmati Rice: 2 cups (long grained rice) cooked such that each grain is separate
  • Onion: 1 (large) finely sliced
  • Oil: 2 tbsp oil
  • Ghee: 1/2 tbsp ghee
  • Ginger garlic paste: 1 tsp
  • Garam masala: Whole (4 cloves, 1" cinnamom, 1 elachi, 1 star anise, 1 bay leaf)
  • Coconut paste: 2 tbsps
  • Coriander powder: 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder: 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Ivy Gourd: 1/4 kg (nip the ends and slit each length wise into two long pieces)
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice: 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Coarsely crush (do not make a paste):
  • Coriander leaves: 5 tbsps (chopped)
  • Pudina leaves: 7-8 (chopped)
  • Green chillis: 2

Method

  1. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil+1/2 tbsp ghee in a cooking vessel, add the halved dondakayalu/tindora and saute on medium flame till well roasted, approx 15 mts.
  2. Remove them onto a plate and keep aside.
  3. In the same vessel, add the remaining oil. Add whole spices and bay leaf and saute for half a minute.
  4. Add the sliced onions and saute for 6 mts.
  5. Add the ginger garlic paste and crushed coriander-pudina-green chillis and saute for 3 mts.
  6. Add the coconut paste and mix. Saute for 2 mts.
  7. Add coriander pwd, cumin powder, tumeric pwd and red chili pwd and mix.
  8. Add the sauteed dondakayalu and mix. Cook for 7-8 mts.
  9. Add the cooked rice and salt to taste and mix. Place lid and cook on low flame for 2-3 mt. Add lemon juice and mix.
  10. Turn off heat and remove onto a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  11. Serve warm with raita or any curry of your choice.

Tips

  • Vegans can omit ghee/clarified butter and use only oil.
  • If you do not have pudina on hand, omit it. But fresh coriander is essential for this recipe.
  • Tindora rice will taste good even without coconut paste.
  • Put the rice to boil and start the preparation process like slicing tindora, crushing green chilies, making coconut paste and slicing onions.

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I made a simple and comforting rice dish featuring dondakaya as the star ingredient. Perfumed with whole garam masala, spiced with green chilies, sweetened with coconut, Dondakaya rice recipe is jazzed up with a squeeze of fresh lemon and brightened with fresh coriander.

Sailu

I'm a food blogger, food photographer and organic gardener based out of India. I enjoy cooking for my family using fresh produce from my vegetable garden and farmer's market. I love to try out various cuisines and perfect my cooking skills. I believe that hard work, self-discipline, and a positive attitude cannot help but reap a harvest of fantastic results. Say hello and join me on Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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19 Responses

  1. Kavitha says:

    Wow… Thanks for the recipe. Would surely try it. can feel the taste of the dish as you explain the ingredients :) nice clicks too.

    http://kavithabhargav.blogspot.com

  2. Kavitha says:

    Wow… Thanks for the recipe. Would surely try it. can feel the taste of the dish as you explain the ingredients :) nice clicks too.

    http://kavithabhargav.blogspot.com

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the recipe Sailu. It looks good, will try to prepare for dinner :)

  4. Preethi says:

    Nice Recipe…………will try to prepare soon :)

  5. Kalpana says:

    Hi Sailu,
    Thanks for sharing. Tried it today. My husband and I loved it.
    Kalpana

  6. Kumar Subhashini says:

    Hello,

    Made this today. It tastes great. Will try out other recipes on the site soon. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Subha

  7. Kumar Subhashini says:

    Hello,

    Made this today. It tastes great. Will try out other recipes on the site soon. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Subha

  8. Sowmya says:

    Sailu, I made this for dinner yesterday with onion-capsicum raita on the side. There were no leftovers..Thanks for another keepsake recipe.

  9. Sowmya says:

    Sailu, I made this for dinner yesterday with onion-capsicum raita on the side. There were no leftovers..Thanks for another keepsake recipe.

  10. Vidhya says:

    sailu i really love your recipies please….post the aloo kurma recipie ( the slightly different version) which u mentioned as early as possible.

  11. Swathi says:

    sailu garu, its a too good recipie.. i tried it and i liked it a lot. thank u so much…keep posting..

  12. Great recipe, thank you for sharing and looking forward to trying it soon.

  13. Great recipe, thank you for sharing and looking forward to trying it soon.

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  15. Vjya says:

    Really its an mouth watering dish. Would surely try. :)

  16. I never knw that rice dish can be prepared frm Ivy gourd, Will surely this for this diwali …. Tks a ton…..

  17. Sam says:

    Hi Sailu garu, i tried this recipe today when my grandparents were visiting me. This came out so well and me and my entire family enjoyed this. I got a lot of compliments from my grandparents too. Thank you for such an easy and wonderful recipe!

  18. Dhivya says:

    Tried this recipe today.. was yummy :) Thank you..

  19. Jayasri says:

    This was a great tasting dish, didn’t expect out good old dondakayi to be liked by my northie husband.
    I will try this with gobi also, I guess that will turn out good as well.

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