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.
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 for making Dondakaya Annam ~ Tindora (Ivy Gourd) Rice
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.
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.
By Sailu Published:
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.