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Tindora, Tindora, Tindora!

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Tindora (pronounced: tin-doH-raH) a.k.a ‘Coccinia Grandis’ are little fruits which resemble ‘gentleman’s toes’ (compare to ladies fingers). Sounds delicous already, huh? You can thank Wikipedia for that little nugget of information- excuse the pun. In my recipe the tindora are deep fried (mmm healthy). I’m really not selling this to you am I? But honestly, they are delicious and crispy fried with sweetcorn and spicy masala sauce.

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Crispy Fried Tindora and Sweetcorn Curry


9oz tindora, washed and sliced into quarters lengthways
1 cup sweetcorn (I use tinned)
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp tomato puree
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp asafoetida
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
1 tsp cumin seed powder
1 tsp coriander seed powder
1 tsp garam masala
Oil for deep frying


1. Deep fry the slices of tindora until golden. Place on a paper towel to remove the excess oil. Set aside.

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Like this

2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds (wait until they’ve popped), cumin seeds, asafoetida, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, tomato puree, turmeric, salt, sugar, cumin seed powder, coriander seed powder and boil for a few minutes. Add the sweetcorn and fried tindora. Stir and serve.

3. Enjoy!

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Divina Pe

Friday 23rd of October 2009

Thanks a lot.


Thursday 22nd of October 2009

Divina, they do look like cucumbers!:D You could substitute it really well with baby zucchini or zucchini, sliced and treated the same way I have treated the tindora here :D Hope this helps!

Divina Pe

Thursday 22nd of October 2009

They look like cucumbers. I thought they are really cucumbers. I could only substitute it with another ingredient. Any suggestions?


Saturday 17th of October 2009

Looks Yummy and delicious!

Sangeetha Subhash

Thursday 15th of October 2009

Looks so tempting!!!Great combination..Never tried these both together.Wann to give a try.