A truly home-style 30-Minute Tindora Curry with Corn to feed the whole family. This simple, dry curry with ivy gourd and corn is delicious with roti, paratha or rice.
If you’re on the hunt for a minimal-effort curry recipe to add to your weeknight meal rotation, you’re in the right place.
Ivy Gourd. This member of the gourd family is usually no larger than the average pinky finger. It’s most popular in southern Indian states but is a common vegetable across Indian cookery.
The skin of Tindora is thin and the flavour very subtle. Inside, you’ll find lots of small seeds but far less moisture than most gourds. This means that once you cook the Tindora, they retain their crunch.
While it’s a popular ingredient in Indian cuisine, it’s important to note that Ivy Gourd is used in cuisines from Africa to East Asia and South East Asia.
Tindora is the Gujarati name for Ivy Gourd. They’re also known as Tendli (तेंडली) in Hindi, Dondakaya in Telugu and Kovai in Tamil. Almost every local community in India have their own name for this popular little gourd.
Think courgette (zucchini), squash, pumpkins, cucumbers and melons). Tindora are firm to the touch and have a smooth, shiny surface.
I have the fondest memories of choosing vegetables in the local Indian shop with my mother.
She would explain to me the difference between a fat aubergine and a skinny one, a limp okra and a firm one, and why we always choose the most slender roots of ginger.
To choose the best Tindora, you must look for small gourds, no larger than the average pinky finger. It should be very firm, with a shiny and smooth skin.
Try to choose Tindora with a pale skin. This indicates that they are young and tender. The fatter they are, the more likely they are to contain a large amount of seeds. This means they’re older and may be holding more water. This in turn, can make the Tindora bitter.
Not quite. Tindora have a thin and smooth skin and rounded ends, while Parwal (pointed gourd) have a thicker, rougher skin and as the name suggests, pointed ends. They do however, come from the same family.
Tindora tend to be smaller in comparison to Parwal. The skin of Parwal is often scraped or peeled before cooking to remove some of the toughness. Parwal is a favourite in Punjabi cuisine.
While Tindora are unique in their texture and shape, a similar result can be achieved using young courgette (zucchini). Cut them into 4cm x 1cm batons and cook in the same way as Tindora in this recipe.
Texturally, the final result won’t be exactly the same but the flavours will be a close match.
With very little water. I find a quick shallow fry is the best way to achieve a deliciously tender, yet crunchy texture when it comes to Tindora. You can drain away excess oil once they’re cooked.
I use tinned because I always have a tin of sweetcorn in the cupboard. It’s what makes this curry the perfect weeknight dinner. If you have fresh corn, feel free to cook that and add it in. Indeed, frozen corn also works a treat.
Chickpea flour (besan) gives this dish a dry finish. It’s a light dish served without sauce. I also love the toasted, nutty flavour the chickpea flour gives the curry.
Yes, this easy curry is both vegetarian and vegan.
My 30-Minute Tindora Curry with Corn can be gluten free if you leave out the asafoetida (hing). Why? Because wheat flour is a common additive in commercial brands of asafoetida.
Having said this, asafoetida in its pure form is naturally gluten free. If you happen to come across pure asafoetida, simply crush it in a pestle and mortar or grate using a microplane for an asafoetida that’s suitable for gluten-free cooking.
Serve this Tindora Curry with roti, phulka, paratha or rice. It’s lovely as it is for a low-effort midweek meal. Although you could kick things up a notch and serve this dish as part of a larger thali or tiffin.
Just add your favourite daal, raita, pickle and sweet dish to the spread. When I serve this as part of a big meal, I pair it with:
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