Gutti Dondakaya ~ Stuffed Tendli

gutti-dondakaya
Gutti Dondakaya ~ Stuffed Kovakkai aka Tindora

It doesn’t take much for me to prepare a stuffed vegetable dish. Send some brinjals or ivy gourds my way and I’ll happily stuff and cook them to feed some hungry folks until they are stuffed. ๐Ÿ™‚

dondakaya-tindora
Dondakaya, Kovakkai, Kundru, Ivy Gourd

Those who like tindora (kovakkai) will enjoy this recipe. Gutti dondakaya is soft on bite while a medley of spices in a tangy sauce deliver a comforting mouth-feel bringing intrigue to the simplicity of ivy gourd. The recipe couldnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt get easier, not to mention delicious and is sure to become a regular in your kitchen.

Gutti Dondakaya Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 45 mts

Serves: 4-5 persons

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

1/4 kg dondakayalu/tindora, chop ends, make a + slit length wise for stuffing

2 medium sized onions

1 tsp grated jaggery (adjust)

small lemon sized tamarind (soak in 1/4 cup warm water)

salt to taste

1 1/2 tbsps oil

coriander leaves for garnish

Seasoning/Poppu/Tadka:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

4-5 crushed garlic cloves

few curry leaves

Roast:

4 dry red chillis

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp urad dal/split gram dal/minapappu

1/2 tsp oil

1 Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin, red chillis and urad dal and toast for 3-4 mts. Make a paste along with onions, add salt. Stuff the nipped dondakayalu with the stuffing and keep aside.
2 Heat oil in a vessel, add mustard seeds and let them pop, add the cumin seeds and garlic and saute for a mt. Add the curry leaves and saute for a few secs.
3 Add the stuffed tendli and the rest of the remaining stuffing. Place lid and cook on low heat. After 4-5 mts, uncover the lid and turn the pieces so that they cook all over. Cook for another 15 mts.
4 Add tamarind extract along with 1/4 cup of water. Let it cook on low heat with lid till the dondakayalu turn soft. Add jaggery and combine.
5 After 4-5 mts, uncover the lid and turn the pieces so that they cook all over. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
6 Turn off heat and serve with hot steamed rice.

Gutti Dondakaya ~ Stuffed Tendli

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 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  tendli

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It doesn't take much for me to prepare a stuffed vegetable dish. Send some brinjals or ivy gourds my way and I'll happily stuff and cook them to feed some hungry folks until they are stuffed. Those who like tindora (kovakkai) will enjoy this recipe.
  • Frequent Visitor

    Sailaja,

    You mentioned to make a paste with Onions, but I don’t see onions quantity in the ingredients list. Could you please update the post? Needless to say I Lovvvvveeeee your site so muchhhhhhhhh.

    Oops! Updated! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sev

      Ok, I am new to Indian cooking and I made this. It was horrible :-/. Not sure what I did wrong. Was I supposed to cook the onions before making the paste?? I followed the recipe word for word. Please help ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://myerecipecorner.blogspot.com Mythreyi Dilip

    Makes me drool……

  • http://cilantro-cilantro.blogspot.com/ Cilantro

    Lovely recipe. I love kovakkai and like to eat them fresh. It is quite expensive here.

  • sudha

    nice recipe…

  • Mini

    WOW,,,! Nice Recipe..Never heard or tasted this,,Should try soon. I remember reading ‘Dondakaya Pulusu’ on your blog, posted by your friend, long back before you modified it,,I wonder if u still have it here,,I tried it and it has become a regular in our kitchen,,Like you said may be this one too will become a regular on our menu,,esp. hope my 17months old will like it as I am trying to adapt him to new tastes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • srividya

    the second pic needs to come first!

  • http://cookingdemystified.blogspot.com/ hb

    Hey Sailu, really nice recipe and great pics. May I ask which camera do u use?

    Thanks, hb. I use a digital camera, Sony Cybershot DSC-W300.

  • neelima

    hey
    i prepared stuffed dondakaya yesterday.it’s a different preparation altogether.i dry roasted some sesame,dry red chilli,garlic,jeera and grinded them with salt without adding any water.then stuffed this in the dondakaya {we have to cut both the ends of dondakaya and slit it like a flower.we can boil it or deep fry it before stuffing}.it was excellent.

  • http://kaberiskitchen.blogspot.com kaberi puspala

    nice recipe.i will try as soon as possilbe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://www.curryinkadai.blogspot.com kalva

    wow looks lovely.. gonna make it soon

  • jyoti

    hi shailu,
    sounds like a great recipe, since we dont get tondli here, can i use the stuffing in any other vegetable?

    Yes, you can try with brinjal, bittergourd, ridge gourd.

  • http://www.divya-dilse.blogspot.com Divya Vikram

    Looks authentic and delicious. Perfect like a accompaniment with rice..

  • jyoti

    hi shailu, i found frozen tondli from a indian shop as they were already sliced lengthwise, i made the ground mixture, and instead of stuffing fried them together with the mixture,and added tamarind, gud and little water… !!! the taste is very nice.. chatpata….but the tondli takes a long time to cook, while the urad dal in the mixture makes a thick paste gravy, so my suggestion for those who use frozen tondli is that they should microwave tondli for 6 minutes and then add to the gravy… fresh tondli has moisture which cooks the vegetable in the time specified by you, but with the frozen it is different… Please share your thoughts.

  • http://understandingchakras.blogspot.com/ Mrs.Raj

    My husband always says one thing, Maa vizag ammayi andukey anta baga chestadi. Always look forward for your posts.
    Love
    Mrudula Raj

  • http://understandingchakras.blogspot.com/ Mrs.Raj

    My husband always says one thing, Maa vizag ammayi andukey anta baga chestadi. Always look forward for your posts.
    Love
    Mrs. Raj

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  • http://www.cookatease.com kamala

    new dish for me i used to stuff capsicum, ladies finger and bitter gourd. i try this

  • radhi

    Hai Sailu,

    first of all i have to thanx u for creating such a grt cooking site which is very helpful to me and many others. i am following all ur recipes and they r coming out very well. yesterday i tried this gutti dondakayi and it came out very well. my hubby really liked it and gave compliments. i am a grt fan of dondakayi. really luv this curry. .
    all the best and keep posting ur wonderful recipes. radhi.

  • ranjani

    Hi Sailu,

    You are great, I always want to cook different things other than daily routine, your site helps me a lot to learn many new receipes, could you also please include few more liquids “chaaru” receips.Can you advice me what to start with to feed my 1 yr old son, so that he does not worry me for eating.

    waiting 4 ur reply!!!