October 14, 2009

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.

tindora whole


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.

fried tindora

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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9 responses to “Tindora, Tindora, Tindora!”

  1. Sushma Mallya says:

    A unique combo but nice recipe,seems very tasty,will surely try this…lovely click as well

  2. Vegetable Matter says:

    I have never heard of tindora before. Are they like a little cucumber, or like a squash (you Brits would say courgette)? They look tasty whatever they are.

  3. Sanjana says:

    They're like a cross between the two 🙂 They're sometimes called Ivy Gourd or Little Gourd.

  4. MaryMoh says:

    I love curry. This dish looks so delicious. I would love it with rice.

  5. Sangeetha Subhash says:

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

  6. Raje says:

    Looks Yummy and delicious!

  7. Divina Pe says:

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

  8. Sanjana says:

    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 😀 Hope this helps!

  9. Divina Pe says:

    Thanks a lot.

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