Dondakaaya Vepudu – Tindora Stir Fry (2)

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.

Dondakaya Vepudu

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  tindora


  •   1/4 kg dondakaayalu/tindora/ivy gourd, trim ends, make + slit till three fourth of dondakaya
  • For stuffing:

  •   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
  • For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

  •   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.


  • Gauri


    any recipe from you(r photos) makes me hungry.
    tindora looks so attractive. generally i stuff this with ground onion mixture. but this one is even time my tindora recipe is ready

    thanks for sharing.


  • Nags

    That’s a nice recipe.. You just reminded me of this veggie. Been a while since I cooked with it!

  • Lavanya

    I am drooling looking at tindora. i am a big fan of this veggie. next time i am going to try this.

  • Madhavi

    Even I am a big fan of dondakaya .Will try this recipe sometime.

  • Lakshmi

    Abba ! Sailu ! u really rock…entha tempting telusa ?

  • Latha

    looks delicious Sailu! I’m a dondkaaaya fan too. I have tried u’re other stuffed dondakaaya recipe – i make it quite often – we love it!

  • reshma

    this looks good. I would never have imagined that tindoras , being so tiny, are ‘stuffable’.

  • prabha

    nice reciepe i used to prepare ullikaram kura with dondakaya.

    i will try this one also, i like this type of receipes.

  • Anuzi

    I love tindora/dhonekaayi. Unfortunately I cant really make it at home since the hubby hates it but when hes out of town or I have time to make a dish just for my self I go all out and attempt different ways of preparing tindora. will be adding this to my recipe list to try :o)

  • Laavanya

    My love for tindora is rather recent but this stuffed version looks too good Sailu.

  • Munni

    This looks delicious, I’m gonna try this sometime.

  • Happy Cook

    Wow when i saw the pic popping up, it looked so delicious. That i wanted to grab and eat them.

  • Mythreyee

    What a lovely dish. Thanks for sharing.

  • Suganya

    Those gherkins are plump, all right. Too bad you are tempting me with ’em, Sailu. Its been a year since I tasted dhondakkai ๐Ÿ™

  • kalva

    Love your guthi dondakaya recipe.. i just made yday guthi dondakaya with chenaga pappu and dhaniyalu karam…

  • Mona

    Oh! I miss this veggie ! Missing Rythu Bazar too, those bundles of all kinds of fresh vegetables. I havent seen this veggie at my place till now. I love it too..

  • Kalai

    Love kovakkai!!! I like the idea of making it stuffed. Your pic is simply mouthwatering. Will try this one for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TBC

    Love kovakkai…never tried making it this way.:-)

  • Meera

    I too love this vegetable. Your recipe and picture both look good. I have bookmarked the recipe.

  • Srivalli

    that looks so lovely…nice way to use cinnamon..will try next time..

  • Jayasree

    Loved this stuffed version of kovakkai. Bookmarked.

  • Shella

    I am not a consumer of Ivy gourds but your pic is sooo tempting that I feel it would be worth a try.

  • bee

    what a gorgoeous picture!!! this is one veggie both of us love.

  • keerthi

    Sailu what can i say…the recipe as creative as always…such a boon for us viewers. tanx for yr time and effort in rching out. can i request you to post recipes from the rajmandri/amalapuram style of cooking. awaiting eagerly..rgds

  • revathi

    Looks mouthwatering… My friend taught me a similar recipe with stuffing brinjals. But the raw onions stuffed made the curry taste bitter, do u have such issues .. any tips and tricks ?

    No, Revathi. They get nicely cooked and they don’t taste bitter. The tip is in roasting the gourds really well.

  • sharon

    I have to try this sailu it looks very delicious

  • sivakumari

    sailaja garu mi recipes chala baguntayi.mi pictures are really tempting avi chusi ventane try cheyyali anipistundi

  • reshma

    I have just tried your recipe and it is delicious a very new way of making this simple vegetable. My son helped me stuff it and we had a lot of fun !! thank you

  • Mini

    I am great fan of dondakaaya. Thanks for sharing this recipe

  • bhuvana

    hi sailu mam… i tried this recipe of yours today…but i found the vegetable half cooked… i mean the trimmed edges were soft but the closed end was a little hard… do we have to cook the vegetable in a pressure cooker and then do the stuffing? moreover in your recipe you have asked to add one tbsp oil but then your dish seems too oily in the picture? maybe i must have added more oil is it? kindly reply…i am a great fan of your website… i have tried various recipes of yours… but today i was disappointed:(

    You don’t need pressure cooker. Alternately you could quarter the vegetable such that it is like a dry-saute dish and not like a stuffed vegetable. The technique is in cooking the vegetables in enough steam with a lid and later towards the end cook on high heat, tossing the vegetables. The vegetable is supposed to have some crunch. I’m sorry you were disappointed. Usually one tbsp oil is good enough, you could add half a tbsp more if you want.

  • bhuvana

    thank you mam for your reply… planning to try your palak paneer recipe tomorrow for lunch…the only food blog i access is yours as i am an ardent fan of your blog…great going sailu mam!

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  • Nama

    Hi Sailu…
    these receipes are very useful especially batchelors in other countries…the photos look yummy and making me hungry…we forgot abt this vegetable…i will try out..hope the outcome would be good.